Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan told the media today that he wouldn’t have benched Robert Griffin III if he didn’t have the full support of both owner Dan Snyder and general manager Bruce Allen.
Per Shanahan, the three of them decided the best course of action was to give Kirk Cousins an opportunity to play so Griffin can go into the offseason healthy.
Griffin has taken more hits than any quarterback save Cam Newton this season. The coaching staff’s concern is that those hits were “piling up” and “taking a toll.” Because Griffin missed last offseason, Shanahan believes it would be “devastating” for the quarterback to suffer another injury — even if RGIII “doesn’t realize it at this time.”
“The chance of coming back (from another injury),” Shanahan added, “would be very, very tough.”
It would be nice if Snyder confirmed Shanahan’s statement. Because I’m having a hard time believing him.