Mike Shanahan felt ‘dumb’ after reviewing RGIII trick play


Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and Steelers defensive back Ike Taylor battle for a pass thrown by Redskins wide receiver Josh Morgan.

 Washington Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that he felt “dumb” after reviewing the play Sunday on which quarterback Robert Griffin III went out for a pass and took a hard hit from Steelers safety Ryan Clark. The coach said he should not have subjected his franchise quarterback to such risk of injury.

On the play, Griffin flipped the ball to receiver Josh Morgan on a reverse to the right and then ran out of the backfield on a pass route. Morgan eluded a defender and heaved the ball downfield to Griffin along the left sideline.

Griffin had to slow up for the pass as the ball hung in the air and pushed off cornerback Ike Taylor, drawing an offensive pass interference penalty. The ball bounced off Griffin’s hands, and a split second later, Clark flew in from the right and leveled Griffin.

 “After looking at that play, you feel like a complete dumb-s— because you want him to be wide open,” Shanahan said on Monday. “I’ve run that play probably 10, 15 times with [John] Elway, probably 20 times or more with Steve Young, and with Robert, what you usually do is against the right defense – which is man coverage – no one usually accounts for the quarterback and he’s by himself out there.”

 Shanahan said the Redskins didn’t anticipate the Steelers having two defenders in the area. He said Monday that he should have instructed Morgan to throw the pass only if Griffin was in a one-on-one situation.

 “With Josh Morgan, he takes off and he’s got such confidence in his arm, and he lets it go and probably could’ve thrown it another 10 yards,” Shanahan said. “Robert’s so competitive that he goes for that ball, and that one safety that comes over just killed him. Yeah, I felt like to do it over again, we’d tell Josh don’t throw it unless he’s wide open, I mean wide open. Of course from his perspective, he was. But that’s part of the growing process for me and having the guys throw a pass from the backfield.”

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

sports

football-insider

Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Comments
Show Comments
Next Story
Mike Jones · October 29, 2012

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.