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Robert Griffin III and his coach seem unable to agree. While a comedy sketch from NFL AM had RG3 "rolling on the floor" - if you believe his twitter - there is no denying the fact that the Redskins' young quarterback doesn't see eye to eye with his coach over his practice schedule. 

Last week was the first time RG3 was able to compete in 11vs11 training drills. He looked comfortable on the ball, able to complete most of his passes, and even running when needed. It was clear to see that he was determined to prove to Mike Shanahan that he is able to take part in preseason.

Although he had earlier said that he "didn't need preseason", as we get ever closer to the start of the season, it appears that the truth has dawned on him - without preseason, he's going into Week 1 of the NFL season with no gametime, and will have to hit the ground running instantly; clearly something Mike Shanahan believes he can do. 

It is entirely possible that Shanahan still feels guilt over his decision to play RG3 in the playoff game against the Seahawks despite not being fully fit - that decision creating this whole problem, as RG3 would go on to injure his knee as the Redskins were knocked out.

He was accused by the press of making bad decisions, and not caring about the safety of his player. Is Shanahan still reeling from these comments, and has gone from under-protective to over-protective? Unlikely, but possible.

What is more likely is simple: Shanahan thinks RG3 isn't ready to play, RG3 thinks he is. While Shanahan is the Head coach of the team and makes the decisions that will help the entire franchise, RG3 knows his own body better.

With a week 1 divisional rivalry coming up fast against the "new and improved" Philadelphia Eagles, and coach Chip Kelly set to make his NFL debut, showcasing his explosive, no-huddle gameplan, it sounds like the sort of match RG3 would love to be in - something a further injury would hinder.

While there will be a bit of rust to shake off, keeping him sidelined and sticking to the practice schedule set out seems the best way forward for the Washington Redskins. 

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