Article written by Sportmentary - Editor in Chief Sportmentary Online Sports Talk
Updates: See end of article.
Mike Shanahan can 2nd, 3rd and 4th guess himself regarding his decision to keep RG3 in the Sunday's wild card game against the Seattle Seahawks. He will still be Wrong, Wrong, Wrong! With so much on the line his decision to keep RG3 in the game into the 4th quarter was not only wrong but it also showed his incompetence.
For his moronic decision to keep RG3 in the game, he is Monday's Fool of the Day. Congratulations Mike, you're a dolt. I didn't even think that RG3 should start but once he did, it became painfully clear (pun intended) that RG3 was not himself. Not even close. As the first quarter drew to a close it became clear that RG3 was in pain.
My first thought was that RG3 was risking serious injury. Was it worth it? I didn't think so. My second thought was that a clearly injured, in pain an immobile RG3 was hindering his team's chances of winning the game. The Redskins have a capable backup in Kirk Cousins.
It seemed like a no-brainer that Cousins should go into the game in the 2nd quarter. I started wondering if the Redskins were conceding the game to the much better Seattle Seahawks. OK, that might be a stretch but I really question Shanahan's competency as a head coach after what I saw yesterday and his lack of decision making regarding not pulling RG3.
Now RG3 has proven not to be the brightest bulb on the field either. I thought the kid was very smart. That's until I realized that he would put himself in a position of risking serious injury. A smart guy wouldn't have risked himself to serious injury. It was obvious he was in pain and obvious that he was injured. There wouldn't be any shame on sitting on the bench; especially of you don't give your team a good chance of winning the game.
RG3 proved in the last game that he is a tough guy and warrior. His teammates know that if he wasn't able to be on the field, he must be seriously injured. There wouldn't have been any shame in RG3 protecting himself from serious injury. That would have been the smart thing to do.
That being said, most players play through injuries and are reluctant to be honest about their injuries. It's up to the head coach to know when to protect his players. It's up to the head coach to realize when a player on the field is a liability to his team and their chances of winning.
I really upset me that Shanahan would risk the future of his franchise player by keeping him in the game when he was clearly injured. That's unacceptable. That's terrible. No matter how you slice and dice it, Mike was wrong, wrong and wrong for keeping RG3 in the game. A reasonable person doesn't need to second guess themselves over the decision; they wouldn't have allowed the situation to spiral out of control.
In the end, RG3 left the game when his knee finally gave way. It's not clear what his injury is. He will undergo an MRI and it's feared that it will show a torn ACL. If that's the case the Redskins face the possibility that RG3 will not be on the field when next season starts.
Was it worth it Mike? No it was not. Are you an idiot Mike? Of course you are.
Updates: 3:30 PM 01/07/2013 - RG3 to miss 14 to 16 months due to a torn ACL and PCL. This proves that Mike Shanahan is an idiot. Mike Shanahan took the ultimate gamble and failed miserably.
5:55 PM 01/07/2013 - ESPN.com is reporting that RG3 has suffered partial tears in his ACL and LCL. He will be seeking a second opinion by renowned orthopedist James Andrews. Andrews is the same doctor that repaired Adrian Peterson's ACL injury.
8:00 PM 01/08/2013 - ESPN.com is reporting that RG3 will undergo surgery to repair his LCL. At that time it will be determined to what extent the ligament was injured.