Mike Shanahan: RG3 told me which plays were 'acceptable' after 2012

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Mike Shanahan: RG3 told me which plays were 'acceptable' in 2012
Wednesday February 18th, 2015

Appearing on on ESPN 980′s The Sports Fix on Wednesday, former Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said that following the 2012 season, quarterback Robert Griffin III told him which plays were "acceptable" or "unacceptable" to run with him, according to The Washington Post

Shanahan said Griffin asked for a meeting after his rookie season, which saw him injure both his LCL and ACL, and talked about injury prevention changes he wanted to make, including running less and throwing more. 

"He wanted to be more of a drop-back, Aaron Rodgers-type guy," Shanahan said. "He did a few more things, and basically what I did is I went and talked to Dan, and I said, 'Hey, Dan, for a quarterback to come to me, a veteran coach, and share these things, number one, he can't be the sharpest guy to do something like that, or he’s got to feel very good about the owner backing him up. And since you have been telling me from Day One that he’s a drop-back quarterback and we should do more drop-back, and you guys have spent the last couple months together, I would think, or at least the last month, that this is an extension of you.' He said it wasn't."

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Shanahan said he doesn't blame Griffin for the meeting and believes Synder was behind some of Griffin's views.

"[Griffin] actually [mentioned] what plays were acceptable and unacceptable, and when he started talking about what plays were acceptable and unacceptable, and that he wasn’t a rookie anymore and wanted to voice his opinion, the term unacceptable is used by Dan [Snyder], the owner, quite often," said Shanahan

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The former Washington coach also revealed that the organization considered selecting Russell Wilson in the 2012 draft to backup Griffin, and said the team was also talking to Peyton Manning that spring and strongly considering him. 

Shanahan coached Washington from 2010 through 2013. He was fired by Snyder in December 2013 and was replaced with Jay Gruden.

- Molly Geary

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