John Madden doesn't think it's fair for the Redskins to sit their healthy starting quarterback, saying their decision challenges the integrity of the game.
"I think it's a dysfunctional group," Madden said in an interview on Sirius Satellite Radio. "I don't understand what they're doing."
The former Super Bowl-winning coach goes on to say that if the team was all that interested in preserving RGIII's health, they would have been more cautious with him at the beginning of the year. He also debunks the notion that Washington has nothing to lose by sitting the quarterback because of their lack of playoff hopes.
"You say, well, they're 3-10. They're out of it, so now they can do these things. No you can't. This is still regular-season football. You still owe it to the people in the draft order. You still owe it to the people that are still in the playoff picture ... That affects the integrity of the game."
Hours after Griffin was benched for the remainder of the season, his teammates expressed their feelings about the Redskins' awkward quarterback situation and its effect on their second-year signal-caller.
“I know he’s probably going to be pissed,” wide receiver Santana Moss said of Griffin. “I would be pissed. But at the end of the day, you have to take a positive out of it, if you are put in that situation. Robert knows he’s going to be here. Robert knows he has time to correct everything he did this year that he don’t feel like he was at his best with.”
Moss added: “I’ve been through this before. …It’s been a tough season, no player—and I do believe no player—want to be in Robert’s situation right now. You feel for him having to go through it. But at the end of the day, if it’s going to help, take a little off him and give him a little more a time to say, ‘Okay, you know what? This season is behind me. Let’s get ready for next year.’”
-- NBC Sports