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Mike Shanahan evasive on Redskins' plans to protect RGIII

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11:11 AM ET 05.25 | Coach Mike Shanahan was noncommittal on whether the Redskins' offensive system will be adjusted next season to minimize the injury risks for quarterback Robert Griffin III. "We really don't know what defenses are going to do to us," Shanahan said following Thursday's offseason practice, known as an organized team activity, at Redskins Park. "I can't tell you for sure. You adjust the game plan during the game. Defenses are going to be more ready for different things we did last year. And we'll be able to adjust." Griffin's father said this week he would like to see his son throwing the ball more often and running with it less frequently. Shanahan reiterated his view that the option-style elements in the Redskins' offense help to keep Griffin healthy by slowing down the pass rushes of opposing defenses. "Remember, the zone read probably gave Robert more time in the pocket than anything you could do in the National Football League," Shanahan said.

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May 25, 2013  11:36 AM ET

RGIII,
RGIII,
RGIII!!!!!!!!!!

May 25, 2013  12:30 PM ET

I wonder if they are going to call the "Johnny Depp play, you know the one where RG hobbles around limping like he has a peg leg

May 25, 2013  12:32 PM ET

Because he doesn't plan on protecting RGIII.

Mike Shanahan's career is built on ruining careers.

May 25, 2013  01:15 PM ET

That's because he doesn't have one.

May 25, 2013  01:22 PM ET

"You adjust the game plan during the game"

You mean like taking your obviously injured and ineffective franchise QB out of the game before he gets more badly hurt?

May 25, 2013  03:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

"You adjust the game plan during the game"You mean like taking your obviously injured and ineffective franchise QB out of the game before he gets more badly hurt?

You can always blame it on the groundskeepers.

May 25, 2013  03:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

You can always blame it on the groundskeepers.

Or the turn-stiles disguised as offensive linemen.

May 25, 2013  03:09 PM ET

How about snipers in the stands?
Silly question, nothing Shanahan could answer that wouldn't cause blowback.

May 25, 2013  03:25 PM ET

Uh, of course Shanahan is not going to detail out his plan. What sane coach would do that in front of the media?

"Okay, this is how our zone blocking scheme will work and the following players will have their blocking assignments changed."

Opposing defensive coordinators will be licking their chops. Talk about counterproductive.

The media isn't entitled to every little piece of information.

May 25, 2013  08:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Uh, of course Shanahan is not going to detail out his plan. What sane coach would do that in front of the media? "Okay, this is how our zone blocking scheme will work and the following players will have their blocking assignments changed."Opposing defensive coordinators will be licking their chops. Talk about counterproductive. The media isn't entitled to every little piece of information.

Actually, the answer he gave is the standard. Stats prove that defenses are ahead of offenses during the first few games. As for ShaMahan, I couldn't care less. I'm no Washington fan by any means, but he endangered possibly the most exciting player to come out in a while...,Vick's legs and Montana's accuracy. I don't know what's in store for RGIII, but he deserved better than Shanahan provided for protection.

May 25, 2013  10:18 PM ET

During the baseball season, a manager takes out a starting pitcher that doesn't "have it" any more in just about every game. Koufax, Seaver, Gibson, all got yanked. Shanahan tried to throw it back on RGIII but what professional player is going to admit he doesn't have it any more? Shanahan's a whimp, plain and simple. Get some testosterone!

May 25, 2013  10:21 PM ET

Everyone needs to quit whining...including RGIII through his father.

The NFL is a man's game. If longevity and minimal contact is your sole focus, opt for baseball or soccer.

May 26, 2013  12:04 AM ET

Shanahan has never been accused of having a lot of class. last year during playoff game RGIII was limping severely on that knee and barely effective. Shanahan would have had a better chance pulling RGIII and putting in backup. Instead Shanahan put it on RGIII saying RGII told him he could still play. Shanahan should have grown a spine and pulled RGIII anyway. RGIII is rehabbing his knee. Will he return with same speed and skill as last year before injury? Time will tell.

 
May 26, 2013  05:44 PM ET
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Shanahan should have grown a spine and pulled RGIII anyway.

It is a total no-win. I hate Shanny - he was a weasel in Den, and is a weasel in Wash, but really, I remember RGIII hiding from Shanny and the doc, and putting himself back on the field. If Shannahan pulls him, and they lose, he is killed in the press. You'll notice RG and Dad seem to tweet criticism's over the coaching decisions. Before the next day sunrise RGDad would have tweeted that RG told him he was fine and coach blew the game.

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