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Mike Shanahan won't comment on RG3's coachability


Mike Shanahan won't comment on RG3's coachability

On Tuesday an article came that claimed that Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is not very coachable. The report contains an account of Griffin openly ignoring advice from his position coach during a game.

When Mike Shanahan was asked about the report during his news conference on Wednesday he brushed it off. ““If you want me to comment to every one of those – I mean, it’s crazy,” he said. “It’s ludicrous. I told you something was going to come out every day. That’s just part of it to even write that kind of stuff. First of all, I understand, or at least somebody told me, that he [Quarterbacks Coach Matt LaFleur] was on the sideline. He’s in the press box – that’s one. So these things come out time after time and I’m not surprised about it.”

A couple of questions later, Shanahan was asked, specifics of any media reports aside, if Griffin is generally a coachable player.  Here is his full response:
“I think part of the growth of any football player is to be a pro player. And like I said about London, what’s the best thing for a young guy to go through? And that’s to be coached, learn how to practice as a pro, because it’s so totally different than it is in college. I coached in college for 10 years. It was a great learning experience for me, but the difference between college and pro level with these players is night and day, so all of it is a learning experience. Some guys are more in tune than other guys, but it’s not a negative. It’s just, ‘Hey, this is a learning experience guys go through.’ To be next to a guy like London Fletcher is the ultimate experience for a young football player.”
Anything about how well or poorly Griffin responds to instruction there? No. Is there anything there saying that Griffin is learning how to be an NFL payer? No. So this one is a non-answer.

A bit later on, another reporter circled back to the coachability subject and asked if Griffin has improved in that area. Here’s Shanahan’s response in full:
“Yeah, that’s what I think learning is, is taking every situation and learning from it and knowing in the back of your mind that, ‘Hey, I might have made a mistake here or there, it may be on the field or off, but this is the way that I can become a better pro. I’ve learned [from] my experiences.’ Some will be positive, some will be negative, but the great ones learn from their mistakes.”
Again, the “Robert is coachable” bus drove by and for the second time Shanahan declined to show any interest in getting on board.

You can these exchanges any way you’d like. Perhaps they are a reflection of reality and Griffin still has a lot to learn in that regard.

But remember that Shanahan said last week that he’s not always honest when he speaks to the media so perhaps he is pushing his agenda here. There are many who believe that Shanahan’s camp is planting stories like the one mentioned at the beginning of this article in order to make Griffin look bad and deflect blame for the Redskins’ 3-11 record away from the coach.

The truth could well lie somewhere in between but an honest assessment from the coach would help us figure that out.

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Long injury list hampers Redskins practice

Long injury list hampers Redskins practice

As Jay Gruden stepped to the podium to read the injury report, he warned, “This will be a while.”

He was right, as he rattled off one the longest injury reports of the season.

Out were G Spencer Long (concussion), S Will Blackmon (concussion), DE Chris Baker (ankle), DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee/foot), DE Anthony Lanier (lower leg), G Shawn Lauvao (groin), OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle), and S Donte Whitner (illness).

Of that group, all but Jean Francois, Lanier, and Nsekhe are starters. Between them and the limited players listed below it was difficult for the Redskin to conduct a normal practice.

“It was a challenge,” said Gruden of getting through it. “Practice was modified quite a bit today. We did more walkthrough today than we ever have on a Wednesday.”

“Sometimes you have to taper back just a hair to make it through practice, try to get the mental reps in with walkthrough and then hopefully the physical part will come maybe tomorrow. Friday we can open them up a bit.”

Limited in practice were TE Jordan Reed (shoulder), OLB Preston Smith (groin), ILB Will Compton (hip), G Brandon Scherff (ankle), and TE Derek Carrier (knee).


Reed returned to practice for the first time since suffering a Grade 3 sprain to the AC joint in his left shoulder in the game against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. He missed the game in Arizona. While his limited participation was a good sign for his return it’ is way too early in the week to say with any degree of certainty that he will be playing against the Eagles.

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Robert Griffin III set to start Sunday for Browns vs. Bengals

Robert Griffin III set to start Sunday for Browns vs. Bengals

RGIII is finally getting another chance to play.

Plagued by injury after injury — most recently breaking a bone in his left shoulder in the Brown’s 29-10 loss to the Eagles in their season opener — the former Redskin is set to start for Cleveland against the Bengals on Sunday, ESPN’s Dan Graziano reports.

Griffin was cleared for contact last week after missing the majority of the Browns’ 0-12 season, and the team is coming off a bye week after its last loss to the Giants over Thanksgiving weekend.

In 2015, Kirk Cousins replaced Griffin as starting quarterback, and the Redskins released him at the end of the season. He signed a two-year, $15 million contract with Cleveland in March.  

In Griffin’s absence, the Browns have relied on Cody Kessler and Josh McCown, who boast a 65.5 and 54.5 completion percentage, respectively. The two combine for just 12 touchdowns this season.

Will Griffin be the key to ending the Browns’ winless season? We’ll find out Sunday.

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