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After RG3 threw those two touchdowns, it was clear he was basically playing on one knee. Not sure why they were so hesitant to put Cousins in sooner. As a Redskins fan it pains me to say it but the way he's being used RG3 isn't going to last more than 5 seasons.
Like I posted in an earlier post... If you take RG3 out and Kirk comes in and blows it.. you are answering questions as to why.. It really is a lose lose situation when things go bad.
Everybody thinks they can be a head coach. Judging by how Cousins played on his one and only drive, he wasn't going to do any better. They had the guy on the field who gave them the best chance of winning. Seattle's defense isn't Cleveland's. They were damned if they do and damned if they didn't.
If skins fans want to be pissed at someon, they need to be pissed at Dan Snider for investing a little more money in the playing field, that was an embarrassment and probably contributed to injuries.
I'd rather take that chance with someone thats 100% and can scramble than someone thats hobbling around to the point that its affecting his throwing.
Seattle was the better team, but give Shanny credit on the field conditions - great move.
You're definitely much smarter than a 2 time Super Bowl champion coach. Enjoy the season for what it was, winning 7 straight is not easy, and a division title. Things will be brighter in DC for years to come, ask Marino if he'd like one more shot at the playoffs, you give it everything you have and let the chips fall.
All it would've taken was the right shot from a defender and his knee would've been really effed up. You don't put your top investment in a position where he could possibly sustain a career ending injury. It's not like Cousins was an absolute stiff. Cousins at 100% is better than RGIII at 50%. And I'm not a Skins fan...actually glad Seattle won.
Agree 100% with this. You could clearly see that RG3 couldn't plant on that bad leg for his throws. If Cousins came in after half, we could have still run the ball to keep them honest on defense. Cousins is a good qb in his own right, he would have put some points on the board.
Either way, I'm incredibly happy with our season...for the first time in two decades, we've had a tangible positive result for our season that gives us hope for next year...
This^^^. I'm happy as can be for the season as a skins fan, all I'm saying is you don't put a QB out there RG3 or not that can barely put any weight on one of his legs. It not only negatively affects the offense but like was said before you run the risk of injuring the dude even worse.
Agreed. It was a tough decesion but football is a tough cold unfair sport. RG3 will have time to rest his knee and get healthy next year. I
Just because hes a better football coach doesn't mean he cares more about the longevity of a rookie quarterback. Ever since they put RG3 back in the game early in the season, after what was very clearly a concussion, I was convinced that Mike Shanahan would run RG3 into the ground and significantly shorten his career.
Shanahan wants to win now, and doesn't care if RG3 is able to move in 10-12 years. If I were a skins, I would not appreciate the future of my franchise being treated like a rented mule.
RG3 wasn't 100% coming into the game, but if you go back and watch you'd realize how much more mobility he had those first two drives. He was a guy that look determined to extend drives, it's the playoffs and his instincts took over when he scrambled in the pocket. I love a guy doing what it takes, but the big problem was how much pressure he was putting on that knee to make it happen. I had a bad feeling that he may have re-injured that knee, and the rest of the game you could see he wasn't a threat to run, and even his throwing was affected.
The Skins could get it done in previous weeks with RG3, because he was still running good enough to be effective with the offense. I wouldn't have pulled him in the first half, but what I started seeing in the 3rd it was fairly obvious. Guys like RG3 aren't going to come out of the game, a coach needs to be smarter, sort of damned if you do and damned if you don't. If they made a move to Cousins then I never would have second guessed it, because if a competitor isn't in the game then he clearly knows he isn't good enough to help the team win. RG3 and Garcon both re-injuring themselves is just a killer to this offense, those guys needs to be somewhat healthy for this assembled Skins team to be effective.
A great year, but this one leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I expected the Seahawks to win, but after watching that first quarter I surely didn't expect them not to score again.
It's a tough call but if you are the one who the owners are going to look at when the seasons over you know you want the ownere to think you did everything in your power to win.
You also don't want to explain why you jeopardized the future of the owner's most valuable asset.
My deal is this, you know that RG3 is going to want to be out there even if his leg were cut off. As a head coach you have to be the voice of reason and clearly Shanny wasn't willing to do that. It really sucks ans as a previous poster said as a skins fan it leaves a bad taste in my mouth as well because a.)The Skins could have and should have won and b.)Now next season is potentially in jeopardy depending on how these "additional" tests that are needed show out.
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