Jan 6, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) is tackled by Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner (39) during the first quarter of the NFC Wild Card playoff game at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Shanahan Says RG3 Needs To Learn To Slide

Robert Griffin III lifted a franchise, the Washington Redskins, from the bottom rungs of their division to NFC East Champion in his first season at the helm. A division that had the reigning world champion New York Giants in it. But RG3 suffered a gruesome injury in the last game of the season and he is now trying to get ready in time for the 2013 opener.

But it’s his competitive spirit and fire that might have him playing to recklessly, like Michael Vick, in many ways. And Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan wishes he’d do more to protect himself.

“You can’t take shots consistently,” Shanahan said, via Mark Maske of theWashington Post.

This will not encourage Shanahan to abandon the offense that made them successful in 2012. The offense that made many teams in the NFL successful this year.

“The option will help a quarterback stay healthy,” Shanahan said.

While those in the Redskins organization remain optimistic about RG3’s rehabilitation and say he is ahead of schedule, many are moving forward cautiously. Even RG3 said he wouldn’t risk his health to return in Week 1 and he’ll take the time he needs to get back to 100% health.

“If hard work has anything to do with it, he’ll be ready,” Shanahan said. “You’re always optimistic.”

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