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Mike Shanahan Being ‘The Bad Guy’ RGIII, Redskins Need Him To Be

by Chris Lingebach
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Head coach Mike Shanahan of the Washington Redskins looks on from the sidelines. (Credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Head coach Mike Shanahan of the Washington Redskins looks on from the sidelines. (Credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Despite Robert Griffin III showing minor kickback towards Mike Shanahan wanting to keep him on the sideline throughout preseason, the Redskins’ head coach has shown resolve in his plan, even in the face of an endless media barrage.

“We do have a plan for him. He may not always like that plan, but that’s my job sometimes, not to be liked,” Shanahan asserted himself. “My job is to do the best thing for him. That’s what I’ll do.”

On Monday, the NFL Network asked the question “Is Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan playing the bad guy?”

With that question seemingly already answered, the more important question becomes ‘Will Shanahan continue to play the bad guy, even in the face of adversity?’

“I think he could be the bad guy,” NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport told 106.7 The Fan’s Holden and Danny Tuesday. “But I think with RGIII he probably needs to force himself a little more just because I think he likes him so much.”

“And that’s kind of what being a coach is about,” he further emphasized. “It’s about being above everything, in a good way, sort of helicoptering above your players. And you can be friendly with them, you can have respect, and I think RGIII really respects him, from what I understand, but you got to be the one making decisions where you go ‘Look, even though you’re my guy, you’re my player that I love and we have a great relationship, you’re not playing.'”

Rapoport showed pause however, when postulating whether looking back, Shanahan would actually reverse his decision to leave RGIII in the game in the Redskins’ playoff loss to Seattle.

“I think if he would have looked back on that playoff game, would he do something different?” Rapoport pondered. “Would he take RGIII out? I don’t know, but I think he would probably have a lot more ammunition to think about it.”

Thus, let’s revise the question further to say ‘If the Redskins make it back to the playoffs and RGIII is limping on the field, will Mike Shanahan be able to fight the demons telling him to leave his franchise quarterback in because he’s the team’s best chance to win?’

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