“Coach has been saying if things go great these next couple days and next week, then maybe, but it’s a hard no right now. It’s my job to make it a soft no and possibly a yes.”
– Robert Griffin III, quarterback, Washington Redskins
Robert Griffin III has made no secret of the fact that he really wants to play. Immediately. If the mobility drill Griffin ran before a preseason matchup is any indication, his knee is fully recovered. The second year rookie told a YouWager news source that he had hoped to play against the Buffalo Bills.
But head coach Mike Shanahan, once criticized for putting his star quarterback at risk, is apparently playing it as safe as he can before the start of the 2013 NFL football wagering season. Shanahan told the press he saw “no possibility” of putting Griffin in before the regular season begins. He said,“Hopefully he’s ready for the first game of the season. If there’s no setbacks, he’ll be ready. And he’s going to have to trust me there…”
Sportswriters have made much about some supposedly “competitive friction” between the coach and his quarterback. Griffin dismissed this recently when he tweeted, “There is no friction. There is an understanding between coach and player. That is all. Don’t have to like everything.”
Shanahan makes no apologies. He told YouWager’s source, “That’s my job, not to necessarily do what he likes but to do what’s the best thing for him and this organization. My job is to get him ready for the first game and that’s what we’re hoping we can do. Without a setback, I believe he will be ready for the first game. And I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that there is no setback and we can have him for the first game of the season. But if there is a setback, then we’ll have to adjust accordingly.”
Shanahan says RG3’s eagerness to play is an asset to the team. He said, “I love when somebody wants to play, I love it when somebody wants to be out there. That’s a good problem to have as a head coach. … My job is to make sure that we do the best thing for Robert. And that’s what I’m going to try to do.”
Barring any unforeseen problems with Griffin’s recovery, YouWager’s NFL football betting fans will probably see Griffin in action, soon.
Shanahan put it this way: “My job is to make sure he’s ready to play. … I’m gonna do what I think gives him the best chance to be ready for the first game. … I like competitors, though. I like people that want to go. The great ones do that. The great ones want to practice. They want to play. And Robert does petition you guys. I like it. It’s good.”