Speaking at a press conference Monday, HC Mike Shanahan again refused to name a Week 15 starter at quarterback. Reported by NFL.com
Shanahan emphasized that his priority is protecting the franchise's investment in Robert Griffin III, who has been sacked 24 times in the past five games. If RGIII is indeed benched, Shanahan confirmed it would be for the remainder of the season. The inference is that the coaching staff isn't sure the offensive line can keep Griffin upright. "I want to make sure he's healthy going into off season," Shanahan explained. "I'll think about it and decide Wednesday." Regarding his relationship with Griffin, Shanahan said "I told him I'm his coach," not his "best friend." As NFL.com's' Chris Wesseling suggests, if Shanahan is truly considering benching his starting quarterback due to pass protection concerns, he will be setting NFL history. We can't recall a single circumstance where the backup was inserted as a sacrificial lamb because the starter was taking too many sacks. In other words, it's a bogus excuse to leave open the possibility of benching owner Daniel Snyder's franchise quarterback.