by Chris Lingebach

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The common perception in Washington seems to be that Mike Shanahan leaving RGIII in to get injured in the Redskins playoff loss to Seattle last January was one of the worst decisions he’s made in his head coaching career.

Former Skins’ corner Shawn Springs seems to think otherwise, or at least, disagree about the ramifications of that colossally bad decision.

While in the days and hours following Griffin’s catastrophic knee injury, critics speculated Shanahan’s lack of regard for his franchise QB may have been fireable, Springs suggests it actually may have secured Shanahan’s job for another season in Washington.

The conversation arose when 106.7 The Fan’s Holden and Danny asked Springs if he believes there may still be some lingering friction between coach and quarterback, even months after the playoff loss.

“If there is anything left over, once RG gets back on the field and he wins a couple games, it’ll be behind everybody,” Springs said on Tuesday. “Obviously Coach Shanahan’s legacy from here on out as a Washington Redskin is going to be tied to Robert Griffin, so he’s not going to do anything to ruin that kid’s future.”

No argument.

“I think with RGIII, coming off a knee injury, I don’t think this is a make or break year for [Shanahan],” Springs said in response to speculation that a losing record could prevent the Skins’ coach from seeing the entirety of his contract.

“So it’s possible that RG can come back and have a lights out season for those guys,” he continued. “But as an owner of a team, I’m like ‘Hey, let’s not rush him back. Let’s take time.’ He’s so key to their success that you don’t want to rush him just to have a good season.  You want to make sure that everything’s right.”

Perhaps this is a case of micro-analyzing one fragment of a larger point, but it’s certainly contrary to popular belief, which makes it relevant during training camp.

Speaking of training camp, you can catch Shawn on Comcast SportsNet’s “Training Camp Daily” in select appearances leading up to the start of the 2013 NFL season. The show airs on CSN at 7 p.m. … daily.


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