Communication in our Nation’s capitol hasn’t been the greatest lately. “Fiscal Cliff” being Exhibit A.
We have had trouble believing in our country’s leadership in recent years as it is.
Perhaps it was inevitable some misguided leadership and miscommunication would eventually infect the region’s pro football team.
Remember at mid-season when Washington Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan indicated his team would look to the future, essentially giving up on 2012?
He has been answering questions ever since indicating that indication what not what he was indicating at all. I think there is a universal agreement in the deep depression of a tough loss that’s exactly what Shanahan meant. But he says it must be us. Our miscommunication issue.
Well Mike, that now pales in comparison to what is going on now with your star QB…RGIII.
As Commissioner Roger Goodell continues to communicate how very concerned the NFL is for player safety – while looking to add even more games – he has to have at least one eyebrow raised in the direction of the District of Columbia about the leadership and communication between Shanahan and his team’s orthopedist, Dr. James Andrews…as Robert Griffin III now faces surgery today on his ravaged right knee.
Griffin’s right knee never looked right when he first came back. He looked worse early on Sunday in the Redskins’ playoff game against Seattle. It was downright horrifying how he looked when his knee finally buckled for good in the latter moments of Washington’s eventual 24-14 loss to the Seahawks.
A playoff loss is one thing. A potential loss of a rising superstar for a significant period of time, with no guarantee he will ever be the same again, is quite another.
Dr. Andrews contradicts the stories Shanahan has been spinning regarding whether he was fully examined, cleared to play medically, etc. when the injury first occurred. And, it appears Shanahan is quite comfortable hiding behind the fact Griffin has been consistently communicating he wanted to be out there ever since it happened…even after injuring it further during Sunday’s contest. He simply didn’t want to come out.
Shanahan and the Redskins were criticized and fined earlier this season for the handling of another Griffin injury. The team described RGIII as being “shaken up” after he suffered a concussion in Week 5 against Atlanta. The NFL fined Washington $20K for not properly communicating the injury to the news media (and everyone else of course).
It seems the Redskins coaching staff and medical staff may have a leadership and communication problem similar to the one the team displayed in that instance. And ultimately, this instance could cost the franchise way, way more than $20K.
We now await the results of the surgery to determine how many acronyms RGIII has sprained and/or ruptured.
If the leader of the NFL is to be taken seriously on the issue of player safety he might want to advise the leadership in Washington the way the NFL rolls now is medical personnel first decides who can play and who can’t.
Not the Head Coach.
And most certainly…not the player.
Lord knows there are enough former ones already lined up for kickoff in court against the NFL and their alleged history with poor leadership and miscommunication regarding injuries.