Dear Mike Shanahan: Sit Griffin Already!

BY:Jeff Schneberk@Game7overtime

If there was ever a time when a team should call on its backup player in the most important position on that team (hockey-goalie, baseball-pitcher, basketball-point guard, and football-the quarterback), maybe that time is now if it ever was.
What are you going to do? Play the ‘star’ who is clearly not himself right now, or look to the backup, who probably isn’t going to play much when the #1 star recovers completely anyways?
Washington WR Pierre Garcon spoke about it himself.

RGIII is not himself.

Solution? Sit him down and let Kirk Cousins play a bit.

“Robert obviously can’t run as fast as he did last year because of his knee brace and his knee,” Garcon told ESPN980 radio this morning.
If someone doesn’t hit Mike Shanahan over the head with something in hopes of knocking some sense into him, then RGIII is going to get hurt.
Picture what happened to Mark Sanchez when his idiot coach put him in in the 4th quarter. He got smoked.

Now Sanchez can’t play.

Imagine that lovely scenario in DC???

I can’t and I’m really trying not to.
Washington, following their Week 2 loss against the Eagles, has been outscored by a league-worst 43 points in the first half. Having half a quarterback has not helped matters. His total QB rating in the first half is 1.9.

I didn’t know QB ratings could even be that low.
The bright side is that Griffin has a 75.9 in the second half.
As young as he is, and mature as he is, that 1.9 is hard to forget. Isn’t it worth benching him for at least a week or 2 until his teammates can’t even tell if he’s still hurting?
Washington so far has 83 2nd-half plays this season. They have half of that made in the first half.
Both the Packers and Philadelphia Eagles have tested his mobility, sending five or more rushers 42 percent of the time. Last year, teams sent five or more on only 21 percent of his snaps. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan reiterated Monday that the Redskins would not play Griffin if he were not considered healthy (and cleared by Dr. James Andrews).

Garcon said the brace on his surgically repaired right knee is to blame.


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