I watched the game last night, and like many others could see RG3 was hurt from the 2nd quarter on. We can argue over whether he was hurt or injured, but either way he was clearly not effective in leading the offense, especially in the 2nd half. So here's my question to Redskins fans: Was RG3 being selfish for arguing to stay in the game?
I have nothing against RG3, although for full disclosure I am a Colts fan. But I was curious on how Redskins fans saw this. From my perspective, without any stake in the game per se, I think RG3 may have been looking out for #1 here. If Cousins would have come in and won the game, and then led a deep playoff run, that would not be good for RG3. Here are some reasons why RG3 may have had this on his mind:
1. Cousins winning a couple playoff games would show that he can run the offense as effectively (or nearly as effectively) as RG3. RG3 has already seen this happen, as Cousins has over a 100 QB rating this year, and a 73 QBR, in his limited game experience this year. Plus he has scored points and gotten the team in the endzone. Everyone points to the small sample size, but with more games it would be harder to argue against.
2. Alex Smith was playing great, and yet somehow lost his job due to missing a couple games with an injury. I'm sure every starting QB took notice.
3. RG3 is getting a lot of endorsement money. What happens to that money if Cousins proves he can also be very successful in Shanahan's offense? Do people start thinking its really Alfred Morris and the Oline that deserve the credit?
4. Is there a QB controversy next year if Cousins gets to the NFC championship? Or even the Super Bowl? I'm sure the thought at least crossed the mind of RG3.
5. It was low risk, high reward for RG3 in terms of business. If he guts it out, plays well and wins, everyone claims he's a hero and he picks up 1-2 more endorsement deals. If he plays bad and loses, like he did, everyone just blames it on the injury or the coach for leaving him in. So from RG3's perspective, he made the winning business decision there, and did everything in his power to convince his coach to follow suit.
Anyways, maybe I'm skeptic, but I have to think RG3 was looking out for #1, and not the team, by playing "hero ball" last night. But that's my take. Do any Redskins fans agree with me? Or am I just stupid, crazy, or both?!?!