Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that he never considered benching quarterback Robert Griffin III during Sundayâ€™s loss at Philadelphia, even after Griffinâ€™s throws were wild in a first half in which he
passed for four yards completed four passes.
â€śWhen you take a look at everything collectively,â€ť Shanahan said, â€śyouâ€™ve got to make a decision that gives you the best chance to win, and thatâ€™s the reason why Robert was in there.â€ť
Shanahan said after the game that he didnâ€™t speak with his quarterback after the game, and Griffin seemed to take a shot at his coaches by saying the Eagles â€śknew what was comingâ€ť on offense.
Shanahan was asked Monday if his one-on-one time with Griffin has been reduced, and the coach indicated that he has never spent much time alone with Griffin.
â€śUsually they do that with the coordinators,â€ť Shanahan said. â€śIâ€™ve got a chance to talk to Robert quite a bit. Itâ€™s always usually the coordinators that spend 14, 16 hours a day with the quarterback because thereâ€™s so much time involved in going over everything you need to do to get ready for a game plan.â€ť
Griffin completed 48.6 percent of his passes Sunday, throwing two touchdown passes. The second-year quarterback was unable to find a rhythm in the first half as Philadelphia built a 17-0 halftime lead, though Kirk Cousins remained on the sideline.
Griffin’s only interception ended Washingtonâ€™s comeback hopes when, on third-and-1 from the Eaglesâ€™ 18-yard line with 40 seconds to play, he hurled a pass toward the end zone and Philadelphiaâ€™s Brandon Boykin came down with it.
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