Should The Redskins Sit Robert Griffin III For The Remainder Of The 2013 NFL Season?
The Washington Redskins are not going to the NFL Playoffs this season. Unfortunately, they haven’t played well enough on either side of the ball to make a playoff run. They’re also probably going to have a new head coach next season, seeing as how their current coach Mike Shanahan has struggled to get the team on the right path this season. And there’s really nothing for the team to play for in their last three games outside of pride. So Shanahan is thinking about possibly sitting the team’s star quarterback Robert Griffin III in the Redskins’ final three games in order to avoid him getting injured like he did at the end of last season. Is that the right decision to make, though?
Normally, we would say no. RGIII is only in his second year, so he should really continue to play so that the ‘Skins can evaluate what he can and can’t do on the field. It would likely help him in the offseason. But because of what happened at the end of last season, Washington should probably be cautious with RGIII and minimize the risk associated with him. The absolute last thing that they need right now is for him to get injured again and have to spend the offseason rehabbing. That’s one of the reasons he has struggled this season—he spent all last offseason rehabbing his injured knee and didn’t take enough snaps with the team. So they need to be careful right now and do the smart thing.
With that in mind, RGIII’s backup quarterback Kirk Cousins should get the start in the Redskins next three games. Not only will it eliminate the risk associated with RGIII but it will also give the Redskins the chance to evaluate Cousins. But the main thing the Redskins should be focused on right now is keeping RGIII healthy for the offseason. It’s not exactly the most exciting decision or the one that RGIII will want to hear. But it will benefit both the team and RGIII in the long run.
Do you think that RGIII should start in the Redskins’ final three games of the season—or should Cousins get the nod instead?