Is this a Redskins town or what? The ‘Skins still own the news cycle days after their devastating defeat at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks. Front page articles, stories that lead newscasts, an explosion of comments on Twitter. The inauguration? What inauguration? I exaggerate, but not that much.
Of course, all the talk isn't about their 10-6 season or their NFC East division title. It's about "the knee." The right knee of Robert Griffin III. The knee that couldn't make it out of its first pro season without being extensively damaged. The knee that played one play too many. The knee that we will continue to talk about and lose sleep over until RGIII takes his first big hit upon his return to the field.
How did we get here? A growing number of fans believe that the Redskins did not properly manage their star player, allowing the player, a 22-year-old rookie, to make decisions that are typically the responsibility of the team's coaches, namely head coach Mike Shanahan. There's a lot of head shaking in D.C. over this. Why risk the health of the team's most electrifying player when they have an able backup in Kirk Cousins? Why allow your star player, who was obviously performing way below his normal high level, to continue to drag his right leg through the painted dirt at FedEx Field?
If the Redskins want to rack up more division titles and drive deeper into the playoffs in the years to come, their player management strategy needs to be rethought. Responsibility for making playing time decisions needs to be put back in the hands of the coaches with guidance from team doctors. No matter how insistent, stubborn, intimidating the player might be, RGIII in the last quarter of his rookie season did not give the redskins the best chance for victory. RGIII may have thought so, but what he thought shouldn't have mattered.
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