Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan ‘had to bench’ Robert Griffin III

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Shanahan and RG3 aren’t exactly football’s answer to Laurel and Hardy.

Sources tell NFL Network’s Mike Silver that jaded Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan benched dimming star Robert Griffin III “based on poor performance.”

According to Silver, Shanahan believed he “had to bench RGIII to maintain credibility with the team,” but that he “didn’t want to throw RGIII under the bus by stating poor performance as the reason.”

The 23-year-old Griffin, who is still recovering from January’s reconstructive surgery to repair the ACL and LCL ligaments in his right knee, has thrown 16 touchdowns, against 12 picks, for 3,202 yards.

Reportedly again able to finish the 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds, Griffin’s also rushed 86 times for 489 yards.

RG3 hasn’t resembled the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year since quickly returning from a severe wound to compete in a collision sport.

Employing hideous mechanics as a quasi gimp, Kim Kardashian’s wet dream has regressed and only hit 60.1 percent of his 456 attempts.

Washington is stranded in the basement of the NFC East at 3-10 and Griffin was directing the league’s 23rd ranked attack.

Hence, after getting trounced 45-10 by the Kansas City Chiefs last weekend at FedEX Field, Shanahan probably “had to bench RGIII to maintain credibility with the team.”

Considering that Griffin’s displayed horrific footwork, looked slow as a runner and been tentative in the pocket, Kirk Cousins may make the Redskins more competitive over the final three contests.

Regardless, without Mike Shanahan, expect Robert Griffin III to eventually mend and guide the Redskins to their first championship since the 1991 campaign.

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