September 22nd, 2014

What is the right decision?

by DarrenMcFarland

While hockey is back, and the Nation's Capital dons one of the best players in the league in Alexander Ovechkin, that is not what they will be talking about this week. 

What will be written about in the papers and on websites, what will be discussed on sports talk radio shows and television programs in Washington DC, is the decision by Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan to keep his star Quarterback in the game.

Robert Griffin III was already hobbled coming into the contest against Seattle but that became more apparent late in the first quarter when he tweaked the knee again while throwing on the run. It would become clear for everyone watching the rest of the way that this dynamic player, if using a car analogy, was running on about two cylinders. 

"Mike asked me if I was okay. I said yes. I don't feel like me being out there hurt this team in any way. The knee did not effect me trying to plant and throw. I think I did put myself at more risk being out there." Those were some of the post game comments by RGIII following the playoff loss to the Seahawks after leading 14-0 early on.

After everything has played out and we see what the results were, this is where the second-guessing comes into play. On one hand you have to respect the fact that the coach stuck with his guy. You also have to respect that the player laid it on the line and was a warrior for his team but at what price?

Did Griffin cost the Redskins a wild card victory? Could the same be said about Shanahan? Who is to blame? As we've discovered in this day and age when things go wrong, someone has to take the bullet.

Great players never want to leave the playing field, no matter what. But don't these coaches and franchises have to protect these players from themselves? Haven't we already seen from the latest rounds of lawsuits against the NFL, from former players, that someone has to be mindful enough to say "your day is done"?

Isn't it ironic where all this controversy lies; The same market where the Major League Baseball team did just the opposite this season.


Information for this post was taken from this story here.


(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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