After Mike Shanahan’s news conference to discuss the benching of Robert Griffin III on Wednesday, NFL analyst John Madden had some harsh words for the coach’s explanation.

“I mean, you know it’s baloney,” he said on Sirius XM Radio. “I like Mike Shanahan, and I’m not talking behind his back, but when you say something like that, you know that’s not right — you’re not going to sacrifice regular season games. There’s only 16 of them a year. You’re not going to sacrifice regular season games for an offseason program.”

“I think it’s a dysfunctional group,” he continued later in the conversation. “I don’t understand what they’re doing. It’s hard to take, ‘Well, we’re watching out for RGIII’s health and his welfare.’  You know, if you felt [that way] about his health and welfare, you probably would have done something about it a year ago, or maybe even earlier in the season, when he started the regular season without any preseason practice.”

During Shanahan’s daily news conference on Thursday, the Redskins coach responded to the comments after being asked about them.

“First of all, I respect the heck out of John,” said Shanahan. “I’ve known John for a long time and he does an unbelievable job. But unless you’re really in the situation, you know, you’re in our situation, it’s really hard to jump into somebody’s shoes. And everyone’s got opinions on everything, especially when you get paid to give your opinions. But when you’re here, and you’re the coach, you’re gonna do what you believe, with all the facts involved, that is the best thing for the organization. And sometimes you don’t know all the things that were evaluated.”

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PIZZA WITH BRYCE

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