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RGIII wasn't happy with being inactive

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11:08 AM ET 12.17 | The Washington Redskins went on the road and got a 38-21 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. For the first time this season, rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III did not play. Griffin was not even active as the team held him out of action to rest his sprained right knee. After the game Griffin said: "Players play, so I was not happy with the decision," Griffin said flatly. "But at the end of the day, that's the decision they went with. I respect that, but it doesn't mean I necessarily have to like it."

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December 17, 2012  11:13 AM ET

Why would he "like" it? He's a competitor. I think it was the right decision and it appears he'll be back next week probably. Would he like it if he tore an ACL and was out until next year?

December 17, 2012  11:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Why would he "like" it? He's a competitor. I think it was the right decision and it appears he'll be back next week probably. Would he like it if he tore an ACL and was out until next year?

Agreed. That's what the doctors are for. Strasburg didn't like being shut down during the season either. It's all about being a competitor, but also the franchise HAS to protect its investments... And I'm sure RGIII knows this, better than me.

December 17, 2012  11:35 AM ET

Young athletes often don't know what's best for their future career.
Running QBs in the NFL have a short lifespan. Let's hope RBIII lasts longer than most.
He is an exciting talent.

December 17, 2012  11:39 AM ET

All athletes, especially young ones, think they are invincible. That's why you need good coaches. The Skins made a wise decision: they let their starter heal and they gave their backup valuable game experience as they make their playoff run. Gotta tip my hat to the Skins - they've turned it completely around in less than a year. But then, it seems, so have my Giants.

December 17, 2012  11:44 AM ET

Any competitor does not like being on the sidelines rookie or vet because of an injury. Shannahan played the odds and won with it. Washington beat the Browns. Letting RGIII heal for the playoffs was the right move. They have an important set of games coming up and have a chance to clinch their division now. RGIII will be back and possibly with the NFC East Division Championship at the end of this.

December 17, 2012  12:06 PM ET

RGIII is a week healthier and the Redskins left Cleveland with a win. Happy ending all around.

December 17, 2012  12:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Any competitor does not like being on the sidelines rookie or vet because of an injury. Shannahan played the odds and won with it. Washington beat the Browns. Letting RGIII heal for the playoffs was the right move. They have an important set of games coming up and have a chance to clinch their division now. RGIII will be back and possibly with the NFC East Division Championship at the end of this.

Have to agree, Cousins got so much valuable experience that might be needed if III goes down again, with a come from behind victory and this start.

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December 17, 2012  12:39 PM ET

So, do we keep Cousins or trade him for a bunch of good draft picks?

December 17, 2012  01:02 PM ET

RGIII is going to get hurt again, and you'll want Cousins around to fill in. Plus, although Cousins' value has increased, it wasn't enough to get any real value for him... yet.

December 17, 2012  01:19 PM ET
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So, do we keep Cousins or trade him for a bunch of good draft picks?

Keep him I say, too many running QBs just don't last long, III already gets a knee injury, when I saw it I thought it was busted.

December 17, 2012  01:49 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Agreed. That's what the doctors are for. Strasburg didn't like being shut down during the season either. It's all about being a competitor, but also the franchise HAS to protect its investments... And I'm sure RGIII knows this, better than me.

8-6 and in the hunt. DO YOU BELIEVE???

December 17, 2012  01:50 PM ET
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So, do we keep Cousins or trade him for a bunch of good draft picks?

Keep him for at least one more year and see if RGIII can learn to play safer.

December 17, 2012  02:08 PM ET

Be Happy RGIII, you guys won and you got another week to heal, you are the big Winner!!!

December 17, 2012  03:03 PM ET

LOL...How does he think Alex Smith feels?

December 17, 2012  03:26 PM ET

He could have said it a bit more diplomatically, something like "I'm a competitor, and I like to play, but this was the coaches' decision. I think Kirk and every other Redskin did a terrific job out there and played a great game. I should be back to full strength next week and I plan to be on the field."

December 17, 2012  04:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

All athletes, especially young ones, think they are invincible. That's why you need good coaches. The Skins made a wise decision: they let their starter heal and they gave their backup valuable game experience as they make their playoff run. Gotta tip my hat to the Skins - they've turned it completely around in less than a year. But then, it seems, so have my Giants.

ditto to that.

December 17, 2012  04:40 PM ET

A professional football player. Making tens of millions of dollars. He isn't happy? Aw, poor baby. Maybe he should quit and work flipping burgers at McDonald's for the rest of his life. RGDiva, here we go.

December 17, 2012  05:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

All athletes, especially young ones, think they are invincible. That's why you need good coaches. The Skins made a wise decision: they let their starter heal and they gave their backup valuable game experience as they make their playoff run. Gotta tip my hat to the Skins - they've turned it completely around in less than a year. But then, it seems, so have my Giants.

Really ? Then they better turn it around again cause Atl spanked their monkey

 
December 17, 2012  05:45 PM ET

As for RG, the coaches should make a deal with him, you learn to slide and or get out of bounds, we will draft some O-Line help and see how it works out

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