Reaction to the RG3 injury

Wow, there is a ton of traffic in the blogosphere regarding yesterday’s season-ending playoff loss to Seattle and the controversial handling of RG3 and his re-injured knee.  Here’s my take:

It was clear from the start that RG3’s effectiveness was limited by the knee brace but his ability to be a running threat was still there and the Redskins attempted to use him as one.  When Griffin is healthy, he’s the best threat to run at QB in the NFL.  When unhealthy, he’s still a threat and proved that during the first couple of drives where the Skins mixed in designed quarterback runs  and gained significant chunks of yardage.  RG3’s presence in the offense opens up bigger holes for Alfred Morris, allows for lineman to hold blocks longer, and provides excellent play-action pass opportunities.

Griffin should have definitely been removed during the third quarter when it was clear his knee was affecting his ability to throw.  This was before he went down for good on the bad shotgun snap. I’m not going to beat up Mike Shanahan on the injury situation because frankly the NFL is so screwed up and hypocritical, across the board, when it comes to over-protecting quarterbacks, handling concussions, and under protecting for everything else.

Would Kirk Cousins have made a difference earlier in the game?  I don’t think so because the Seattle defensive backs were all over the Skins receivers and the offensive line was having an off day (especially center Will Montgomery) who botched several shotgun snaps.  Bottom line:  the best team won.

So the Skins had an awesome run and we fans have a lot to be proud of.  In my next post I’ll deal with the Skins full body of work and what we can expect for them personnel-wise going into next season.  Stay tuned and HTTR!

About Brian Penn

Avid sports fan and golf nut. I am a lifelong resident of the Washington D.C. area and love to follow the local teams. Also worked as a golf professional in the Middle Atlantic PGA for several years and am intrigued by the game to no end. I love to play and practice and am dedicated to continual improvement.
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