It’s the Monday after Wild Card weekend in the NFL, and at this point we all know the match ups heading in the divisional round this weekend. This post isn’t about a specific game(s) but about a specific player, and a very tender moment in the NFL yesterday afternoon. The exciting, the promising RG3 limped into yesterday’s playoff match up against the Seahawks, and played great early on leading the Skin’s to a 14-0 lead. As the Seahawks came surging back in the first RG3 re-injured the same knee that caused him to miss a game a few weeks ago. Throughout the game and up until the fourth quarter it was more than apparent that the injury was affecting him. Head coach Mike Shanahan opted to stay with Griffin rather than bring in Kirk Cousins, and early in the fourth it all came crashing down for RG3, Shanahan, the Redskins and maybe the career for RG3.
The above picture shows exactly how RG3’s knee buckled and he came coming down, leading to a fumble recovery by the Seahawks. Questions began exploding why RG3 was still in the game at that point, why Cousin’s wasn’t in the game, what the hell is wrong with Shanahan, and why he even played in the first place. To make matters worse, before the game Dr. Andrews said it himself that RG3 was “never cleared” to re enter the week 15 game against the Ravens after the injury occured. Andrews and Shanahan will be hearing heat up until next season starts; and if as expected RG3 tore his ACL hell will be coming down in Washington.
After last nights game, after witnessing the injury and reading up on it before and after, it hit me that this injury can be much more than an injury. Thinking about it, I have this gut feeling and I hope that I’m wrong; I feel that this injury whether a tore or not will altar the rise and career of RG3. Being a mobile quarterback, being a play maker with both his arm and legs this could affect him in the worse way possible. If it’s a tear it will be the second of RG3’s career, he will likely miss a whole season, the leg will be tender, and as a mobile quarterback you will have to play cautiously. For the Redskins and the Redskins faithful this is a blow. For RG3 it’s just heartbreaking. For Mike Shanahan, if this is a tear I believe he will be gone. He asked RG3 if he’s healthy enough to stay in the game and Griffin answered “yes”. Well, duh! What else is your starting QB going to say in a playoff game??? C’mon Mike you’ve been around long enough and you’re way more smarter than that.
If Kirk Cousins was inserted in the game to start at least the fourth quarter it could have been a different game. Kirk is an athletic QB but he is a pocket passer, to me he gets the ball down field better than RG3. At that point that is what the Skins’ needed. A firestorm so bad will come down on Mike Shanahan that I believe the owner will be pressured into firing the guy. Do I believe he should be?? Questionable call but no. RG3 wouldn’t have been as successful coming into the NFL without this system built by RG3. Let’s not forget that horrible field condition down in Fed Ex; c’mon man, you got a billionaire owner who spends money on everything and everyone but no money to improve the field conditions for his own players?!?!? In all, I just hope this feeling is wrong, I hope RG3 comes back next season and is his normal self. The NFL looks promising with Griffin, Luck, Wilson, Dalton, Tannehil, Newton, Flacco, Rya, etc all at the helm.