Larry Brown Sports- Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report says he spoke with an NFL head coach who expressed shock over the way Gruden has been treating Griffin.
“I have never, ever, on any level, seen a head coach treat his quarterback with such a lack of respect,” the anonymous coach said.
The coach went on to explain how Washington’s offensive line was “in shambles” with starting left tackle Trent Williams sidelined and others playing poorly. Despite that, Gruden apparently felt that RG3 needed the reps.
“That Lions front, even without [Ndamukong] Suh, is pretty ferocious,” he said. “As a coach, you see your guys getting beat, and you see your quarterback especially take that first shot, every coach I know would have taken their quarterback out of the game.
“What is baffling is that I can’t think of a single head coach in the NFL who would take an injury-prone quarterback, put him behind a very shaky offensive line, in a preseason game, watch him take those kinds of hits and leave him in the game. It looks personal to me.”
Wait, is this a game? Are we just supposed to shout out things that are known facts? The sky is blue! The grass is green! Females occasionally fake orgasms! The Redskins are never going to be good at football! Am I doing it right?
Seriously though, I thought about blogging this very same thought the day after RG3 got absolutely trampled by the Detroit Lions front seven, but I thought it was too obvious to spend more than 5 minutes writing about. It would have to be, right? For a head coach in the NFL to call into question the intentions of another head coach in regards to the health of his quarterback then that head coach would have to be absolutely, 100% positive that's what took place. I don't know about 100%, but I certainly don't have any doubts. I have seen the most durable of quarterbacks trip over their own shoelaces and get pulled from a preseason game for fear of injury. Meanwhile, the Lions are performing WWE finishing moves on a quarterback that's ankles are made of paper mache. I don't know what's going on behind the scenes of the Washington Redskins organization, but it's pretty clear to me that RG3 meeting a premature demise might go a long way in fixing it. If leaving Robert Griffin the 3rd in the game was a blatant attempt to get him injured, and thus solve a front office disagreement than it wasn't a very subtle one. Jesus, has it gotten to the point where I have to silently root for RG3 because literally everyone, including his own head coach and team, hate him? I refuse to pile on a man who ankles are about to shatter simply from all blame being placed on his shoulders. The disconnect in Washington is so absurd that they are about to get a a 25 year old kid murdered instead of just trading him for what he's worth, which at this point is probably a bag of kickoff tees. Regardless, tough to not feel at least a little sympathy for him.