Kyle Shanahan ‘disappointed’ by RGIII benching; Moss says Cousins being set up to fail

If you want to get a good idea of the vibe that is happening around the Washington Redskins these days, be sure to read Jay Busbee's excellent piece this week, which sums the tenor up quite depressingly.

If you want to understand what is happening with the team, well, good luck to ya ...

A day after father Mike Shanahan's incredible press conference in which discussed the reasons why he's pulling the plug on Robert Griffin III's season, son Kyle Shanahan said he's upset with the decision.

“You play your starting quarterback, that’s been Robert,” Kyle Shanahan said to the media on Thursday. “I’m pretty disappointed we don’t get to play with him. But it is what it is, and I’m gonna deal with the cards I’ve been dealt.”

You could make the argument that Kyle Shanahan, like most others at Redskins Park, have not handled their cards too well in the past year. But he apparently didn't even have a seat at the table when the sit RGIII/start Kirk Cousins decision was made.

“I’ve got zero involvement in that,” Kyle Shanahan said. “I actually game-planned for both all Tuesday. It was a little frustrating to game plan for both. I was told the final decision Wednesday morning, then rolled with it.

“I definitely made it clear I was disappointed in that. ... I think it would be good for Robert to get the reps.”

Forget for a moment the "why" portion for what Mike Shanahan did, whether it was to protect Kyle, get himself fired or earn his own Bravo reality series. Let's instead try to figure out if any good can come of this gnarly situation.

In Santana Moss' mind, the answer is no. He feels that Cousins is (yet another) unwitting victim in what has turned into a supermassive black hole.

“It’s kind of tough to put him into this situation right now and hope for him to be excellent,” Moss said, via the Washington Post. “It’s almost like setting a guy up for failure. But you just want him to go out there and be at ease and just take his time, be as efficient as he can because it’s one of those situations that’s like, you know, Catch[-22]. He don’t play as well, then you’re gonna say, ‘Well, should he have been in there?’

"But you can’t do that to him because he hasn’t had all this season to go out there and jell with us. But he has been ready enough to go out there and be able to run this offense. So we’re just hoping for the best.”

Hoping for the best. No truth to the rumor that's also the message on the Redskins' Christmas cards this holiday season.

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