RGIII Benched For Last 3 Games
So Shanahan made his decision to bench QB Robert Griffin III for the last 3 games to protect him from injury and having him going into the offseason fully healthy. Kirk Cousins will be starting against the Atlanta Falcons and Rex Grossman will serve as his backup. RGIII will be deactivated for the last 3 games.
Mike Shanahan addressed the issue in his press conference today saying he felt RGIII just took too many hits during the season.
My first question to him is what did you do to try to reduce the amount of hits he took? Why did you continue to call read-option plays for him if you were concerned about the hits? Why didn’t you use more max protect schemes to reduce the amount of hits? Could you have made changes to the offensive line that could have minimized the amount of hits? Would running the ball more with Morris minimize the amount of hits on RGIII?
Mike also mentioned that he believes this is an important offseason for RGIII’s development. I’m sorry but isn’t every offseason important to a young QB? I mean, Shanahan had the opportunity to sit RGIII at the beginning of the season because he didn’t have the offseason Mike wanted him to have. He could have sat him for 3-6 games but he didn’t.
It’s going to be interesting to see what Mike and Kyle do to keep Cousins from getting hit a lot. Are they going to run the ball more with Kirk in there? Are they going to max protect more with Kirk? Will they move the pocket around unlike they did with RGIII? Will they give Kirk read-option plays to run?
Like I said, it’ll be interesting to see what kind of game they call with Kirk in as QB. It could tell us a lot about both of them.