Shanahan on RG3: "I get a good gut-feel if a guy can play"
Although Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was not 100-percent on Wednesday, Coach Mike Shanahan said he was impressed with the rookie’s performance.
“He was limited, but I was impressed with how he worked and what he did,” Shanahan said.
Asked he was surprised by how quickly Griffin appears to be progressing from the knee injury he suffered against the Ravens, Shanahan added: “You never know, that’s why you go day-by-day. We’ll see at the end of the week if he’s full speed and ready to go. And if he is, he’ll play” against the Browns on Sunday.
“Limited” means Griffin did not take 100-percent of his normal practice reps on Wednesday.
“You get a chance to watch him every day in practice [so] I get a good gut feel if a guy can play or not,” Shanahan said. “You can see what he does on the practice field, and how it will carry over in the game. If he can’t do it on the practice field, chances are he’s not going to be able to do it in the game. We’ll evaluate that through the week and make a decision, what’s best for him and what’s best for our football team.”
Shanahan said an answer would become apparent as the week wears on. But he also would not say when the decision will be made. He did, however, indicate that he won't allow Griffin to persuade him.
“You try to evaluate him on the field, not what he’s telling you, actually what you see,” Shanahan said. “Then you make a decision.”
Asked if he might “string out” the process in an effort to keep the Browns guessing, Shanahan smiled and cracked, “Probably.”