Don’t You DARE Give Mike Shanahan The Blame For RG3’s Knee-Injury [Wild Card Review]

When I was down in Atlanta from mid-to-late December, anytime my television was on you could bet I was watching ESPN. Because I don’t get that station in Canada, I made sure to get my FILL of Skip Bayless, Stephen A Smith and my wife, Cari Champion. One of the prevailing topics of the First Take show while I was down there was RG3’s health. Robert was steadily complaining to the media about his frustration with the Redskins “mistrust” of his own analysis of his health, and he made sure everyone knew he was pissed. Not only that, but his replacement, Kirk Cousins, was playing EXTREMELY well in his absence. The truth is, RG3 was DYING to get back on the field and after leading the Redskins to an unexpected playoff appearance, and that was his DECISION that he made as a GROWN-ASS man.

Midway through the 4th quarter yesterday, I sat down and watched THIS:

Oh, my bad, I meant I saw THIS:

Now, in the wake of this gruesome injury, Mike Shanahan and the Redskins team doctors are going to face an onslaught of questions from the media as well as the league, about how they handled RG3’s knee. Already there are articles floating around the internet talking about malpractice, the organizations overzealousness to win, the pressures of being a “man” in professional sports and the careless society we live in. But in ALL these articles, there will be ONE phrase that will constantly, conveniently overlooked:

Personal responsibility.

I understand that the organization needs to play a role in protecting these young men, but at the end of the day, these rich athletes are NOT soldiers being thrown into the front lines of a war that they could never truly have prepared for. These are young businessmen who, in this day and age, are MORE than aware of the risks they are getting into EVERY SINGLE PLAY. When I sit back and look at all the lawsuits against the NFL from former players suffering from mental and physical trauma because of what the game took from their minds, bodies and souls, I can see how those suits make sense because of the lack of research and safety precautions available 30 years ago when some of those guys just started to play the game.

But to say that players TODAY can participate in this violent sport with abject wilful ignorance is simply ridiculous. More than EVER before, players know EXACTLY what they are getting into every time they step on the field, try to hide a concussion or lie about the extent of their knee injury to get back on the field quickly. At SOME point, we can’t stop treating these GROWN MEN like ignorant children who need to be babied. They are ADULTS with enough awareness and cognizance to understand how their actions can adversely affect their OWN health, and to use excuses such as “they are simply VICTIMS of a sports-obessed society” is nothing more than a worthless COP-OUT.

If you want to blame Mike Shanahan for letting RG3 stay in the game, or Dr. Andrews for clearing him to play in the first place, don’t forget to share some of that blame around to Robert Griffin for putting himself in harm’s way. At some point, we need to start holding these ADULTS accountable.

This Is Your Conscience

P.s. My picks for next week’s divisional round are as follows:

– I have the Broncos beating the Ravens and bringing Ray Lewis’ Hall of Fame career to an end.

– I have the Patriots CRUSHING the Texans like they did on Monday Night Football a few weeks back.

– I have the Niners beating the Packers in a close game.

– I have the Seahawks beating the Falcons – and the city of Atlanta wanting Mike Smith’s HEAD on a platter for it.

When Lincoln Anthony Blades is not writing for his controversial and critically acclaimed blog, he can be found contributing articles for Uptown Magazine. Lincoln wrote the hilarious and insightful book "You're Not A Victim, You're A Volunteer: How To Stop Letting Love Kick Your Ass". He is also a public speaker who has sat on panels all over North America and the Caribbean.


  1. lincolnanthonyblades

    01/07/2013 at 3:25 AM

    Ladies & Gentlemen, who do you think deserves the blame for RG3's knee injury?

    Also, who are YOUR picks in next week's playoff games?

  2. MistaHarsh

    01/07/2013 at 6:30 AM

    There is personal blame but remember how the Bears teamates and fan reacted to Cutlers injury in the playoffs? THE reasob why the skins were In that position was bc of RG3 great season. I don't blame him for trying to see it through esp when the game was within reach.

    Also as a rookie trying to solidify his spot on the team its obvious RG3 didn't want to let Cousins steal his wave. Its interesting the Shanahan drafted a 2nd QB did the Colts draft a second QB? They created an atmosphere where RG3 feels a little threatened.

    How bout them Seahawks LOL CAN'T WAIT to see them beat ATL

    • lincolnanthonyblades

      01/07/2013 at 12:20 PM

      I disagree with the second paragraph. The Redskins drafted a second QB because they knew a running QB in this league could be prone to injury and they literally had NO good backups. The Colts weren't planning on running speed options and QB draws, plus Luck is built like Cam Newton so they aren't worried about that.

      Everyone in Washington knows there is absolutely ZERO chance that Cousins will steal RG3's role. ZERO.

      • MistaHarsh

        01/07/2013 at 1:26 PM

        "Everyone in Washington knows there is absolutely ZERO chance that Cousins will steal RG3's role. ZERO. "

        Everyone in Philly said the same thing about Vick until he became injury prone.

        Lets say you were hired as a writer for a mag and was offered big bucks and you find out they also hired a back up writer. One day you call in sick(beyond your control) and the back up writes an amazing column and gets all kinds of praise, I bet you won't call in sick again no matter how sick you feel or how much your performance suffers from your ailment you are not going to let the backup write another article.

        Thats the situation RGIII felt he was in.

        • lincolnanthonyblades

          01/07/2013 at 1:40 PM

          I hear you, but I don't think that was the case, because he's not PART of why the Redskins are good like how Russell Wilson is with the Seahawks – he's the MAIN reason.

          Andrew Luck and RG3 are to NFL rookies in 2013 what Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony were to NBA rookies in 2004. There's no QB competition in Washington and no possibility of one – not with RG3. He's considered a once in a generation player along with Luck. He went out there because he wanted to man up and play through the injury which he has to take responsibility for.

          • MistaHarsh

            01/07/2013 at 7:07 PM

            I understand what you're saying but that proves all the more reason why he should play – because without him they don't stand a chance. The game was in reach plus it was a home game I would have done the same thing. It could have gone either way. But yes he or anyone else shouldn't blame the coach for that decision. I hope he recovers 100% or else that will be a shame. Considering where Vick is now in hiscareer where do you see RGIII in 5 yrs? Hopefully hes not as ccarefree with protecting his body as Vick

          • lincolnanthonyblades

            01/07/2013 at 7:51 PM

            Now that he's torn his ACL and LCL , I think next year will prove how his career pans out. Does he just drop back and pass, or does he become even more fearless like AD? I think we will find out after the first half of next year.

  3. Paul B.

    01/07/2013 at 9:45 AM

    Everybody. There's this prevailing notion of playing through an injury, like Willis Reed on one ankle, or Ronnie Lott cutting part of his finger off to keep playing as signs of toughness and manning up. But for every Reed or Lott, there's several Grant Hills whose careers are irrevocably altered for playing through an injury that they should've sat through. Live to play another day i say. People were mad at Cutler and Jeremy Lin for sitting down in their respective careers after nursing certain injuries, but oh well. Who's smart now?

    • lincolnanthonyblades

      01/07/2013 at 12:22 PM

      And the funny thing is, no one in Washington complained about RG3 sitting out because we all saw how bad he hurt his knee against the Ravens. Many people felt he was done for the season right after seeing that hit.

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