â€śYou donâ€™t want a quarterback taking as many shots as he did yesterday,â€ť Shanahan said. â€śThatâ€™s for sure.â€ť
Griffin was sacked six times in the Redskinsâ€™ 38-31 defeat. He also had a dozen rushing attempts.
The number of hits taken by Griffin has been a frequent topic of discussion this season at Redskins Park. But rarely, if ever, has Shanahan said so directly that Griffin took too many of them during a game.
He also suggested that the circumstances of Sundayâ€™s game and the Redskinsâ€™ lack of offensive execution were to blame as much as the teamâ€™s offensive approach.
â€śYou never want to play catch-up in the National Football League, if you can help it,â€ť Shanahan said. â€śYou donâ€™t want to put yourself in third-and-long situations. If you do, your quarterback is going to have a number of sacks…If you keep on putting yourself in third and long, youâ€™re going to have some shots, because that quarterback is going to concentrate downfield and heâ€™s going to take some pretty good shots.”
Shanahan and other team officials have spoken about the need to have a solid team around Griffin to relieve some of the burden on their rookie quarterback if the Redskins are going to be successful this season. So far, the Redskins havenâ€™t managed to follow that formula.
â€śYou donâ€™t want to put too much pressure on the quarterback,â€ť Shanahan said Monday. â€śIf you do, then heâ€™s vulnerable to some of those shots that we just talked about and youâ€™re going to put him into situations that heâ€™s not ready for. The thing I loved about Robert, heâ€™s not afraid of anything. He wants to go out there and compete.”