Shanahan on RG3: We're going to take it slow
RICHMOND—Mike Shanahan did not hesitate when asked Thursday whether Robert Griffin III will play in the preseason.
He won't, the Redskins' coach said, thus ending a debate that has raged for days on message boards and sports talk radio.
“Relative to the preseason, my plan is to not play him in any preseason games,” Shanahan said after the first training camp practice of the 2013 season.
The plan, Shanahan said, will be to slowly ramp up Griffin’s level of exertion in practice in an attempt to simulate game speed.
“What I’d like to be able to do, when he’s ready, is be able to practice at game-type tempo,” Shanahan said. “When that will occur, I cannot tell you. It’s going to take some time. Surely it won’t happen for two to three weeks. It takes some time to get back into football shape.”
Indeed, Griffin was a bystander during 11 on 11 drills. He did, however, take the field for 7 on 7 drills – and promptly completed his first four passes.
“He did a very good job coming into the situation for the first time in a while,” Shanahan said. “That’s our plan initially: make him feel comfortable with what we’re doing, feeling comfortable going back and doing some football drills and football moves, and see how he does.”