Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Some Thoughts on RG3 Getting Benched

Your Starting Quarterback, Bravehearts Fan
By. Mike Baxter @Sportsyack

I said on twitter last night that regardless of what is done/not done over the final three weeks of the season, Redskins' fans (including myself, on occasion) would find a reason to bitch. Because like Mike Shanahan said at his Monday presser, "We're 3-10."

In any case, I'm not sure why the negative reaction to Shanahan's decision to bench Griffin over the last 3 weeks. Actually, I do know the reason. (See paragraph 1). But to those of you who are bitching about the benching, I'd like to know why? The coach you hate is coaching his last 3 games, and the decision guarantees that Griffin is 100% healthy and ready to go for 2014, when the next coach who comes in here and fails under Snyder's ownership, takes over.

Seriously, considering the last 96 hours of Days of Our Lives, Ashburn, can you think of a worse scenario for your Washington Redskins then the following?

Your hated coach, who you're sure is leaking information to some media members, is coaching his final 3 games for The Dan. And in a meaningless game against Atlanta or even worse, Dallas for instance, Griffin rolls out and gets Rob Gronkowskied by Morris Claiborne or Sean Lee.

How would that make you feel? Your 2013 shit show of a season just went from a small rash to full blown AIDS.

So relax, bitchers. Its the right decision. Besides the fact that myself (and others) don't even think Griffin has been 100% healthy all season. He certainly was not over the first month or so, and as Shanahan pointed out on Monday, Griffin has been crushed as of late, being sacked 24 times over the last 5 games. So is it really a big deal to sit the guy?

But if you want to play devil's advocate and say that sneaky Mike is sitting him based off of performance, then lets take a look at that and see if sneaky, lying Mike has a point. Here is Robert's last 4 games:

17/35, 264 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, 81.1 passer rating

16/26, 118 yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT, 56.3 passer rating

24/32, 207 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 102.0 passer rating

12/26, 164 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 63.6 passer rating

That's 4 games, 4 losses, and other than the NYG game, games the Redskins were never in. And your Quarterback completed just 58% of his passes (which based on season totals vs the rest of the league, ranks 32nd out of 32 teams), averaged just 188 yards passing, during a time, by the way, when Kyle had Alf less involved, and had a 4 game passer rating of 77.2 (which based on season totals vs the rest of the league, ranks 30th out of 32 teams).  That, Redskins fans, is brutally awful. But I'm not here to bash Griffin.

One last thing I'd point out, which will not be the word of a Jason Reid or Sally Jenkins or Dan Graziano or anyone else for that matter, since many of the bitchers suspect nothing but lies out of Redskins Park, is that actions will speak louder than words on Sunday.

And if (1) The Redskins do beat Atlanta, and (2) The Redskins beat Atlanta and Kirk Cousins looks good in doing so, and (3) The Redskins beat Atlanta, and the effort by the other 52 players on the roster is overwhelmingly better than what we've seen over the last month, then Mike Shanahan will be validated, and it will be officially "worse case scenario" for Snyder and his franchise QB. Except for the fact, of course, that the following week against Dallas, Fed Ex Field will have more people in the stands than an average Washington Mystics game, and that $hould make the owner happy.

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