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Shanahan: I Will Second-Guess Myself for Leaving RGIII in Game " CBS DC
"I think I did put myself at more risk," Griffin said. "But every time you get on the field, you’re putting yourself on the line." Even if Shanahan had tried to pull Griffin before that, the quarterback says he would have rebelled. "I probably would have been right back out there on the field," Griffin said. "You respect authority, and I respect coach Shanahan. But at the same time, you have to step up and be a man, sometimes. There was no way I was coming out of that game."
Seahawks 24, Redskins 14: Ten Observations | WashingtonExaminer.com
For the first time I wonder about London Fletcher’s future and whether or not he’ll retire. He gave an impassioned speech to the team after the game, letting them know that this season was the second most enjoyable in his career (behind his Super Bowl run with St. Louis). "You could tell he was really sad, upset, we’re real close so it was real heartfelt for me," Lorenzo Alexander said. "You’re almost like, is he coming back or is he not? You get close to guys and never want to see them go away."
"I’m sure if he were 100 percent it would have been a different game," Seattle corner Richard Sherman said. He did not mean to say the Redskins would have won, but that the game would have played out differently. The Redskins scrapped their quarterback run game; they couldn’t run as much play-action. The boot game was not working. All the stuff that they did early en route to two touchdown drives.
"It was just a dirty move by Trent Williams," said Sherman, who gives up two inches and 130 pounds to the 6-foot-5, 325-pound lineman. "I can understand why he’s frustrated; it’s the end of their season. They played a solid game. Just a cheap shot." Williams. one of the Redskins’ captains, prided himself this season on serving as a team leader. He said his actions at the end of the playoff loss didn’t reflect those traits. "I mean, just high emotions, man. I let them get the best of me. It’s nobody’s fault but mine," Williams said. "I’ve got to calm down a little bit. It’s just when you lose a game like this with high intensity, you’re a little on edge, and I reacted in an immature manner. I’m taught better than that. I’ve just got to be better. It’s my first playoff run, to have the season end like that, and to kind of be taunted, it’d take a bigger man to walk away, and next time I just got to be a bigger man."
"Very tough decision, and you've got to go with your gut," Shanahan said. "I'm not saying my gut is always right. I'll probably second-guess myself." He should, because his gut was wrong. Deciding to keep Griffin in the game when he was clearly (A) injured and (B) not helping Washington move the ball was the decision that ended this Redskins season and could put part of the next one in jeopardy. Asked after the game if he thought he might have torn his right ACL -- something he did in college and therefore knows how it feels -- Griffin said, "Honestly, it's up in the air for me right now."
You can argue whether or not Robert Griffin III should have stayed in the game last night but the numbers show a stark difference between the first two drives of the game and the rest of it. After the first two drives Griffin was six for nine passing for 68 yards and two touchdowns, a passer rating of 128.7. He hurt his knee near the end of the second drive. For the rest of the game, Griffin was four of 10 for 16 yards with no touchdowns and one interception, a passer rating of 8.3.
"That’s a dynamic team," said safety Reed Doughty, who had likely his finest game of the season. Statistics would show that the Redskins applied enough pressure on Wilson, for they sacked him five times. They were plenty stout in the red zone, limiting Seattle to one touchdown and three field goals in five trips inside the Washington 20-yard line. They got a turnover that might have changed the game, when nose tackle Barry Cofield pounded the ball loose from running back Marshawn Lynch in the third quarter at Washington’s 2-yard line, just as the Seahawks seemed poised to take the lead. "Any time you can limit somebody to a field goal in the red zone, let alone a turnover, is huge," Doughty said. "We had another opportunity."
In the course of a single game, fans experience exhilaration and the pain of a crushing loss.
"Just missed assignments, guys out of their gaps, things like that," outside linebacker Rob Jackson said. "You've got to be fundamentally sound to stop the zone read, and I don't think we were that every single time." Not even close. Lynch so often had cutback lanes and plenty of room to run. So did Wilson when he held onto the ball.
"That was a guy who was obviously injured, ok?" Brian Mitchell said on Comcast SportsNet’s post-game live, while footage of RGIII hobbling out of bounds played over his voice. "I played quarterback. And I think I was a damn good athlete. If I was limping like that, I’m not — I am NOT – anywhere close to being 75 percent. And I think at that point, he should have been out of the game….Those type of guys, you’ve got to help protect them. And I think Robert should have been protected today from himself."
Brandon Browner sends a message to Pierre Garcon | CSN Washington
Throughout the Seahawks 24-14 Wild Card win over Washington, Browner and Redskins’ wide receiver Pierre Garcon engaged in trash talk. Multiple times the two needed to be separated by the referees as they pushed and shoved one another. After the game, Browner explained his motivation to challenge Garcon. "You know they didn’t respect us like they [were] supposed to," Browner said. "Going into the game, Garcon said he didn’t even know my name. You know, you play disrespectful, you get treated like it."