Chris Canty: Kirk Cousins would give Redskins better chance than Robert Griffin III

Robert-Griffin-RedskinsMike Shanahan has no intention of benching Robert Griffin III. With the Washington Redskins out of playoff contention, the last thing the team needs is to give RG3 less reps and potentially set the future of the team back even further. Having said that, there are plenty of people who feel that backup quarterback Kirk Cousins should be given an opportunity. Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman Chris Canty is one of those people.

During an appearance on NFL Network, Canty said he agrees with San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks’ assessment of RG3′s play this season.

“I have to agree with Ahmad Brooks,” Canty said, per Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Bog. “It’s clear that RG3 does not have the explosion that he had during his rookie campaign. You know what, much of his game is predicated on his agility, his elusiveness and his ability to be able to separate from defenders. He can’t do that and that knee is not 100 percent healthy. This is his second reconstruction on that same knee. I think it takes a little more time for that guy to develop and get healthy in order to put himself in good positions to be able to help his team win.”

Griffin has obviously been cleared to play. He is probably not 100%, but he has to play and continue to develop if he wants to eventually get there. Given the current state of the Redskins, I don’t think sitting him would be beneficial. Canty disagrees.

“I think they should sit him down,” he added. “It’s clear that he is not able to run the offense at the high level that he did during in his rookie year. I think Kirk Cousins gives them the best opportunity to win football games right now.”

The real concern for Washington is Griffin’s future as a scrambling quarterback. If he is going to have to wear a bulky knee brace for the rest of his career, he may never be the explosive player the Redskins drafted.

Donovan McNabb blames Washington Redskins for Robert Griffin III media circus

Robert-Griffin-III-RedskinsRobert Griffin III has become one of the media’s favorite punching bags this season. After vowing to be ready for the start of the 2013 season, Griffin has been terrible. He has held onto the ball too long, failed to make accurate throws and not been a legitimate threat to scramble. According to Donovan McNabb, the Washington Redskins are responsible for creating the media circus.

“Really, to be honest, it started this offseason,” McNabb said on FOX Sports Live, via Sarah Kogod of DC Sports Bog. “Because everyone tried to sugarcoat the fact that he shouldn’t have been in the game while he’s hurt, they’re trying to cover each other’s side, and then now you see him out on posters, rehabbing, getting his knee back, his health, he’s ready to go. And so it became a circus.

“I blame the Washington Redskins for this, because you’re in control of the cameras that are out there. You know that you have guys that are coming back off of injury and why are we seeing it on ESPN, why are we seeing it on the national news? … From that circus on to where we are right now, it’s a pattern in which we’ve seen it coming.”

As Kogod pointed out, RG3 made the decision to sign on as a producer for a special documenting his rehab. He was also responsible for any comeback campaigns that were run by Adidas. Still, McNabb does not believe Griffin is getting enough help from his teammates and coaches.

“I know exactly what he’s going through,” McNabb said. “But is there somebody that’s helping him right now? I don’t think so. I don’t think so. Because you don’t hear any of his teammates coming to his defense, speaking up and saying, ‘Hey you know what, I’ve got to play better, Robert did a good job today doing this, doing that, we all can get better.’”

McNabb has said in the past that the Redskins are brainwashing RG3. He has also been critical of the former Baylor star at times, which is likely why Griffin has chosen to not speak with him or take his advice. At this point, everyone on the Redskins needs to be held accountable. It takes a group effort to play as poorly as they have.

Ahmad Brooks: Robert Griffin III should not be playing right now

Santana-Moss-Robert-Griffin-that-dudeRobert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins looked pathetic in a 27-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night. Griffin was hit almost every time he dropped back to pass and had very little time to throw. On the rare instances where he wasn’t drilled by a 49ers defender, RG3 looked uncomfortable and inaccurate. If you ask Niners linebacker Ahmad Brooks, Griffin shouldn’t have even been in the game.

“He’s obviously a man and he makes his own decisions, but I personally don’t feel he should be playing right now,” Brooks told reporters on Monday, according to CSNWashington.com’s JP Finlay. “I don’t think he should be playing. You can see it. Everybody can see it, everybody can see it.”

RG3 certainly isn’t making many plays with his legs. That could be a result of less designed runs being called, or it could simply be that Griffin has not yet fully recovered from his second ACL surgery and lacks burst. It’s probably a combination of both, as one of Griffin’s own teammates admitted the former Baylor star is much slower this season because of his knee brace.

“He’s a man, he has the heart of a warrior and is going to go out there and play regardless of the circumstance,” Brooks added. “Everybody can see it. Everybody can see it. He shouldn’t be playing.”

The numbers seem to support Brooks’ claim, as RG3 has thrown just 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 11 games this season. He was 17 of 27 for 127 yards, no touchdowns and an interception against San Francisco. He has also yet to score a single rushing touchdown. The Redskins are 3-8.

You have to wonder if next season will be any different or if RG3 will simply never be the same exciting player we saw during his rookie season. He’s not a pocket passer and probably never will be. With a big bulky knee brace, Griffin is simply an average quarterback on his best day.

Robert Griffin III: Report I don’t want negative plays shown in film is false

Robert Griffin IIIBoth Robert Griffin III and Mike Shanahan have responded to a report saying the quarterback asked the coach to stop showing negative plays he made during film sessions. Both men have said the report is false.

NFL Network’s Mike Silver reported on Sunday that the relationship between RG3 and Shanny is deteriorating. He also said that RG3 is insecure — particularly about backup Kurt Cousins — and that he asked the coaching staff not to show negative plays he made during film sessions.

“At Baylor, bad plays of his were not shown in meetings at times,” Silver said during GameDay Morning on Sunday. “I am told by someone familiar with the situation that he asked the Redskins to do the same, and that request was rebuffed.”

Shanahan told CSN Washington Sunday that the report is false.

“Robert did not request that I not show negative plays,” Shanahan said. “Completely false. No truth that he asked me to do that.”

After Monday night’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Griffin was asked about the report and also called it false.

“It’s false,” Griffin said as he shrugged. “That’s why I didn’t respond to it, because there’s no need to respond to untrue things. So to echo what Coach said, it’s completely false. People trying to character assassinate me. It’s unfortunate.”

How can someone report something so wild and then both the coach and player deny it? Is Shanahan trying to preserve what’s left of his relationship with Griffin? Or was the report indeed false?

Maybe Griffin doesn’t want the coaches to be extra harsh or critical on him and asked them to soften up some, which could have been interpreted as him not wanting his negative plays shown. I don’t know what the truth is, but usually it lies somewhere in the middle.

You can see RG3′s response to the question at the 6:10 mark in the video below:

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Aldon Smith kicks Robert Griffin III in nuts, gets away with it (GIF)

Aldon Smith kicked Robert Griffin III in the nuts during the third quarter of Monday’s San Francisco 49ers-Washington Redskins game, and he was lucky he got away with it.

Washington had a 2nd-and-7 early in the third quarter from the San Francisco 46 and went with a pass play. Griffin threw to the far sideline for Josh Morgan, but the pass was ruled incomplete. At the end of the play, after RG3 had already released the ball, Smith, who was an arm’s length away from Griffin, raised his leg and connected with the quarterback’s groin.

He must have a wide foot because he got both of them:

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Robert Griffin III reportedly called wrong protection on final play against Eagles

Robert-Griffin-RedskinsThe Washington Redskins came up short against the Philadelphia Eagles last weekend in a game that ended on an ugly interception by Robert Griffin III. After the game, RG3 was quick to point out that he felt Washington was out-coached and that his receivers did a poor job of getting open on the final play. Pointing fingers is never a good idea, especially when you should be looking in the mirror.

According to CSN Washington’s Chick Hernandez, team sources confirmed on Wednesday that Griffin called the wrong protection on the Redskins’ last offensive play against Philadelphia. If RG3 failed to get his offensive linemen into the proper pre-snap position, that would help explain why he was pressured and had to throw off his back foot.

Santana Moss was one of a number of Redskins players who did not appreciate Griffin playing the blame game after the loss. Moss said that RG3 needs to start taking more responsibility as the team’s quarterback, later assuring reporters that there is no rift between he and RG3 and that his quotes were overblown. Griffin added that he needs to do a better job of not blowing off steam.

“If I could take any of that back, yeah, I would take it back, because in the heat of that movement, you’re frustrated,” RG3 said, per Around the League. “You’re trying to figure out why things didn’t work. … I just gotta take more time to think about things, and just not, even when I’m trying to give an honest answer, sometimes ‘let me look at the film’ is good enough, because you can look at the film to figure it out.”

If you ask me, all of the Redskins need to work on keeping their issues in-house. The media can create nightmares for a struggling team if you allow it to.

Santana Moss wants Robert Griffin III to take more responsibility

Robert-Griffin-RedskinsThe Washington Redskins are playing their way out of contention in a shockingly wide open NFC East division. Their loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday dropped Washington to 3-7. Robert Griffin III has been rusty throughout most of the season as he continues to recover from offseason knee surgery, but he refused to take the blame for the loss to Philly.

After the Redskins’ comeback attempt fell short thanks in part to a brutal interception by RG3 late in the game, Griffin told reporters his team was “outcoached.” He then seemed to blame his receivers for not getting open on the play where he threw the pick.

“We had a certain concept with running and nobody got open so I was backing up, and in the situation where you get a sack there, it ends the game,” Griffin said, according to the Washington Post. “I was trying to throw the ball to the back of the end zone.  It didn’t get to where I wanted it to go.”

Veteran wide receiver Santana Moss obviously did not appreciate RG3 going public with his assessment of what went wrong. Moss (and many others) believe Griffin needs to learn to take responsibility as a quarterback.

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