RG3 will start against Eagles
Mike Shanahan promised an answer to the biggest question facing the Redskins.
And on Monday, he provided it.
Robert Griffin III will, indeed, start the regular season opener against the Eagles next week, Shanahan announced after practice at Redskins Park.
“He’s ready to go,” Shanahan said. “Full speed ahead.”
With those words, Shanahan put to rest months of speculation about Griffin’s status for next Monday’s game at FedEx Field. That speculation continued over the weekend after Shanahan cast some doubt on Griffin’s availability during his postgame press conference Thursday night in Tampa.
Although Griffin had been cleared by Dr. James Andrews earlier that day, Shanahan refused to name Griffin his starting quarterback. Instead, Shanahan said Andrews had some “concerns” and that he planned to meet with Griffin over the weekend so the two could talk. Shananan also said he would give an update Monday afternoon.
Well, here it is: Shanahan, Griffin and Andrews had a conference call on Sunday and, according to the head coach, they “are all on the same page” now.
“We had a good conversation,” Shanahan said. “Dr. Andrews went over a couple of his concerns. We talked about some different things that he talked to me about [in] Tampa. I feel very good where Robert’s at, and he’ll be our starter Monday night unless there’s some crazy setback that we don’t anticipate.”
Shanahan declined to share what Andrews’ concerns were.
“I don’t share those conversations,” he said. “You’ll have to trust us that the Doctor feels good about it, regardless of what those concerns were.”
Shanahan added: “If we didn’t feel that Robert was full-go, and that he wasn’t ready to play and do all the things that you ask a guy to do, he would not be playing in this game. We believe he can do everything that a quarterback is asked to do. If that’s sprinting out, if it’s running the option, if that’s dropping back, we think he can do all of those things because he’s proved it to us in practice. And there hasn’t been a setback.”
So there you have it. Griffin is, indeed, all in for Week 1.