January 8, 2013

Although the Redskins’ loss Sunday to the Seattle Seahawks was a disappointing end to the season, there are some consolations. First, every playoff team ends its season with a disappointing loss — except for one team. Second, the last part of this season was a pleasure to behold.

The reason for the loss was fairly easy to determine. Robert Griffin III was injured during the second Washington touchdown, and the game turned at this point. For the last, best chance for Washington to win, RGIII should have then been replaced immediately. Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan knew of the injury. RGIII, of course, knew as well, but a combination of Mr. Griffin’s stubbornness (“I’m hurting but not injured”) and Mr. Shanahan’s indecision (“I went with my gut”) resulted in the team playing a one-legged quarterback.

As a devoted fan, I sincerely hope that there is no permanent damage to RGIII’s knee.

Wallace E. Parr, Stevensville, Md.

At 22 and in his first job out of college, Robert Griffin III — despite his poise and success — is still just a young adult [“Griffin may have partial knee tears,” front page, Jan. 8]. Just like all the other people at his stage of life, we should expect that his decision-making and ability to appreciate his lack of invincibility are still developing.

When I see young people in my medical practice who are engaging in risky behaviors, my job is to help them see the potential dangers of their actions and not to buy into their own feeling of invincibility. That is the responsibility of adults who work with all young people.

Coach Mike Shanahan shirked his duty and he let a young man down.

Krishna Upadhya, Washington