WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Robert Griffin III shook things up last week by simply answering honestly, when asked if he agreed with Mike Shanahan’s decision to withhold him from Washington’s remaining preseason games.
At the time, it appeared as though backup Kirk Cousins would fill his shoes just fine – at least, until he went down with an injury of his own during the Redskins’ second preseason game against the Steelers.
Whether Griffin pushed to return sooner than initially expected because he felt obligated to his teammates or he felt the pressure of Cousins excelling in his absence is irrelevant at this point.
But Shannon Sharpe, an NFL analyst for CBS who won two Super Bowls playing under Shanahan in Denver, believes security shouldn’t be an option for RGIII as the quarterback of the Washington Redskins, regardless of who’s behind him.
“Should he ever be secure? No, because everybody’s replaceable,” the Hall of Fame tight end told 106.7 The Fan’s Chris Lingebach on Tuesday.
“There will come a point in time when everybody’s looked at getting replaced,” Sharpe said.
Sharpe emphasized that nothing, not even winning a Super Bowl, will bring job security in the NFL, pointing to two of the greatest quarterback to ever play the game – Peyton Manning and Joe Montana – being ushered out of Indianapolis and San Francisco, respectively, when their time was up.
“That’s just a part of the business,” Sharpe would later add. “But at this present time, RGIII should be concerned with 1: getting healthy, 2: staying healthy, 3: being the quarterback of the Washington Redskins moving forward, and helping them get into the playoffs.”
While Sharpe did not believe Griffin’s intentions were to usurp Shanahan’s position of power in any way, he did readily admit the two could have handled the situation differently, meaning better.
When asked if he felt Shanahan had finally found his next John Elway, Sharpe reluctantly conceded that Griffin could be the same type of quarterback as Elway – the type that makes coaches’ jobs easier and makes it easier to win championships.
Listen to what Sharpe had to say about Redskins’ tight end Fred Davis and his elite potential in the clip below.