Robert Griffin III disagrees with how Coach Mike Shanahan has handled him in his return from knee surgery. Griffin makes that obvious each time he questions Shanahan’s plan. Griffin is entitled to his opinion – but he should stop sharing it publicly.
Enough already with Griffin’s subtle jabs at Shanahan that make it clear he doesn’t trust the Redskins’ top football official, no matter what Griffin says to the contrary. It’s time for Griffin to cool it on providing details about the process, which, knowing Shanahan, pleases the coach about as much as discussing details of his weekly game plan with reporters would. And the next time Griffin gets the urge to back Shanahan into a corner by revealing something Shanahan told him behind closed doors, Griffin should zip it. For the good of the Redskins, Griffin must end this.
The Post Sports Live crew discusses whether Robert Griffin III should have said that he disagreed with coach Mike Shanahan's plan for his rehab.
The Post Sports Live crew dissects Robert Griffin III's comments that he does not understand Mike Shanahan's plan for his rehab.
Griffin’s distrust of Shanahan began last season because of how he was exposed to hits on designed quarterback runs in the team’s college option-style offense. By using his weekly media session to remind everyone of it, Griffin threatens to create a major distraction for a franchise that has worked hard to end the drama. Even a one-sided beef (trust me, Shanahan doesn’t want this to play out in front of cameras and microphones) eventually could divide the Redskins’ locker room if the quarterback continues to call out the coach.
Before this week, Griffin had opened the door just enough to make one wonder whether he was upset that Shanahan has restricted his workload in practice. On Monday, Griffin removed all doubt, telling reporters he doesn’t “understand the whole plan at all. I can’t lie about that. But when you give your word to somebody, that’s all you have, so I’m just banking that they will stay true to their word and I’m staying true to mine.”
Essentially, Griffin made it known that Shanahan told him he would start in the season opener against Philadelphia Sept. 9, assuming Griffin’s reconstructed right knee cooperated. All in for Week 1, indeed. Thing is, it wasn’t Griffin’s place to break the news.
Griffin is fond of talking about how he learned to follow the chain of command while growing up in a military family. His father, Robert Griffin Jr., taught him to respect the wishes of the people in charge. Then Griffin tells the media something Shanahan clearly wanted to make known on Shanahan’s terms.
Griffin isn’t some naive second-year player who slipped and let something out. He’s one of the sharpest young men you’ll ever meet. The NFL’s 2012 offensive rookie of the year sees all the angles – and knows how to play them.
In sharing what Shanahan said to him in private, Griffin put pressure on Shanahan to stick to the plan. Let’s say Shanahan changed his mind, after Griffin laid out the end game, and started backup Kirk Cousins in Week 1 even if Griffin were healthy. You don’t think that would create controversy? Talk about a sports-talk radio gold mine.
As Griffin learned the hard way, though, you can get hurt when you poke a bear.