WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Mike Shanahan doesn’t stand alone in thinking it’s reasonable to consider erring on the side of caution with Robert Griffin III, and shutting him down for the rest of the season.
Shanahan, who said in his press conference Monday if he sits RGIII against the Falcons, Griffin will be done for the season, has the support of former Skins’ corner-turned media member Shawn Springs.
Springs was asked by the Junkies whether he believes Shanahan is considering benching Griffin because he truly cares about his health, or if he’s just giving the proverbial middle finger to Dan Snyder on his way out of Washington.
“I think it has a little bit of truth and a little bit of other reasons, maybe as well,” Springs said on 106.7 The Fan Tuesday. “If I was those guys, I would play Kirk Cousins and maybe see what we got, and see if we can get us a draft pick for him. I don’t know. That’s what I would do.”
“Really,” EB said, stunned.
“Yea, why not? You don’t have a pick,” Springs said. “You’re gonna give the Rams the first or second pick this year, so that sucks, but I would see what we got with Cousins, see how he looks and see if we can get somebody to make a play for him before all these quarterbacks come out this year. You have about five good quarterbacks coming out of college this year.”
“But don’t you risk the development of Robert? I mean, he still does need these last three games,” Lurch insisted. “He still needs the reps.”
“These last three games are not gonna hurt if you think he’s gonna be the franchise quarterback for the next ten years,” Springs said. “If Mr. Snyder said he’s gonna be the franchise quarterback for the next ten years then do it. Okay well, if he’s gonna be the guy – which, he has to be the guy because we gave up three first-rounders and a second – if he’s gonna be the guy, then why play him? Don’t get a bell cow hurt. You let him watch. Let him learn a little bit. Let him heal up. He had a good season, so he’ll bounce back next year.”
This does nothing to prove the level of intent behind the unpopular decision Shanahan’s mulling over, but it does prove he’s not the only one to have the thought.
The Redskins are 3-10. Not taking ticket sales or attendance into account (a big liberty to take), what does it really hurt to trot out Cousins in lieu of Griffin? Team morale? The ten losses took care of that. Maybe the idea’s not the nuclear option everyone made it out to be when Shanahan initially proposed it.