Who's to blame for Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III potentially jeopardizing his career while trying to finish his team's Wild Card playoff game against Seattle?
Many are pointing the finger at Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan, who insisted down the stretch of the regular season that Griffin would be healthy enough to play--and refused to pull him from the game. Griffin was later diagnosed with a potential ACL tear, though he is being reevaluated. Shanahan continued to call designed runs for Griffin, which his quarterback executed as best he could. One could be left to wonder if Shanahan, in a city that groaned over the early shutdown of Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg, would have received any credit for standing by his quarterback if his team had managed to hang on for the win.
Some would argue that Griffin assumed responsibility for his own safety, and simply did the best he could to win the game for his team. Griffin, whose style of play will lend itself to human wear and tear, didn't go down until a botched snap lead to a turnover near the Redskins' own red zone. Surely, Griffin didn't want to be labeled as the next Jay Cutler, a quarterback who was vilified (and still is) for sitting out of his team's playoff game two seasons ago.
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