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Let's Be Real: Why Shanahan Did It

11:33 PM, Jan 7, 2013   |    comments
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 WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - The Redskins lost their playoff game on Sunday. And their starting Quarterback. And on Monday, everyone has an opinion about whether Coach Shanahan blew it by leaving RG3 in the game too long.

Paying Monday morning quarterback is easy, but that doesn't mean it's wrong.

I completely get why Robert Griffin the third told Coach Mike Shanahan he was hurting but not injured and therefore could keep on playing on Sunday. But what I'm trying to understand is why Shanahan believed him when all the evidence on the field said otherwise.

The short answer is because he wanted to believe him, but on a deeper level, I'd argue this sort of thing isn't new for Shanny. He's seen any number of star players and even special teams nobodies put aside personal agony to make astounding heroic plays for the sake of the team.

And we've seen it too. Remember Redskins long snapper Nick Sundberg broke his arm in the opening game against New Orleans, but kept right on playing? So perhaps it wasn't completely naïve to hope the magical RG3 could pull something out of somewhere. That is until about 3rd quarter--when waiting for the magic became painful to watch.

Let's be Real: Coach Shanahan didn't want to take out Griffin out of that game Sunday hoping for some last minute spectacular play. Well, he got one.

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