Shanahan never considered benching Griffin

Mike Shanahan said he never thought about pulling Robert Griffin III from the game. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that he never considered benching quarterback Robert Griffin III during Sunday’s loss at Philadelphia, even after Griffin’s throws were wild in a first half in which he passed for four yards completed four passes.

“When you take a look at everything collectively,” Shanahan said, “you’ve got to make a decision that gives you the best chance to win, and that’s the reason why Robert was in there.”

Shanahan said after the game that he didn’t speak with his quarterback after the game, and Griffin seemed to take a shot at his coaches by saying the Eagles “knew what was coming” 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.

“Usually they do that with the coordinators,” Shanahan said. “I’ve got a chance to talk to Robert quite a bit. It’s always usually the coordinators that spend 14, 16 hours a day with the quarterback because there’s so much time involved in going over everything you need to do to get ready for a game plan.”

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 Washington’s comeback hopes when, on third-and-1 from the Eagles’ 18-yard line with 40 seconds to play, he hurled a pass toward the end zone and Philadelphia’s Brandon Boykin came down with it.

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What’s ahead:

● Mike Shanahan says the Redskins are headed in the right direction.

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Kent Babb is a sports features writer for The Washington Post.



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