The Redskins do not plan to bench quarterback Robert Griffin III, Coach Mike Shanahan said on Monday. “No,” Shanahan said, asked if it’s time to consider handing the offense over to backup Kirk Cousins. “We have a lot of confidence in Robert.” Shanahan added: “Anytime you start out a little bit slow, and we’re down as many points as we’ve been down, we get to a two-minute attack earlier than we’d like to. We probably put people in as a tough situation as we can."
Twenty-four hours earlier on NBC’s Football Night in America, former NFL head coach and current television analyst Tony Dungy said after the Redskins’ 38-20 loss in Green Bay: “If I were Mike Shanahan sitting there at 0-2, I would go into Daniel Snyder right now and say, ‘Our quarterback is not healthy. In the long run, we may be better off going with Kirk Cousins.’”
In two games, Griffin is 56 of 89 passing for 649 yards. He’s also throws five touchdowns, three interceptions and rushed for only 25 yards on nine carries. Asked if Griffin’s surgically repaired knee is completely healthy, Shanahan said: “If we didn’t feel that way, he wouldn’t be in there.”
Shanahan also said Griffin’s knee is not related the quarterback’s significantly reduced role in the run game. “We’ve got the ability to do everything we [did] a year ago,” Shanahan said. “In the second half of our first two games, we got into a two-minute mode very quickly. The score … it was very obvious why we did.”
Shanahan also seemed to hint that Griffin’s pass/run ratio could change as the season progresses. “We’ll let the season go on, and hopefully you guys will see some of the execution you saw last season,” he said.
- Tarik El-Bashir, CSN Washington