Everyone’s a Monday morning quarterback today.
After Robert Griffin III re-injured his knee in the first round of the playoffs Sunday afternoon, coach Mike Shanahan’s decision to keep him in the game until he collapsed in one of those cover-your-eyes moments of joint distortion, is getting plenty of scrutiny. A poll on the Post’s site has fans voting resoundingly against Shanahan. Tom Boswell writes that “if ever a veteran coach needed to accept responsibility for the reins of a player, it was Shanahan over Griffin in this game.” ESPN’s Dan Graziano opines that “he should have come out of the game. It's really that simple, and it's not hindsight.”
He’s right that this is one case where what looks so clear on Monday morning looked pretty obvious on Sunday, too. Anyone watching the game saw a hobbled RGIII whose on-field production fell precipitously following a promising 14-0 start and a re-injury to his knee late in the first quarter. So why did Shanahan leave him in?