NFL legend John Madden has hit out at the Washington Redskins' decision to bench Robert Griffin III, saying he believes it undermines the league's integrity.
The Redskins took the controversial decision to stand down the quarterback for the rest of the season, citing fitness reasons and the fact that he needs a full pre-season, which he didn't enjoy last time round.
In his place, coach Mike Shanahan confirmed that Kirk Cousins will start each of the last three games of the season in a rambling press conference where his exact reasons for benching RG3 were not entirely clear.
However Madden, a legend of the game and Hall of Fame coach, has hit out at the decision, describing it as 'baloney'.
"I like Mike Shanahan, and I'm not talking behind his back," Madden told SiriusXM NFL Radio.
"But when you say something like that, you know that's not right. You're not going to sacrifice regular season games. There's only 16 of them a year. You're not going to sacrifice regular season games for an offseason program.
"I don't understand what they're doing. It's hard to take, 'Well, we're watching out for RGIII's health and his welfare.' You know, if you felt (that way) about his health and welfare, you probably would have done something about it a year ago, or maybe even earlier in the season, when he started the regular season without any preseason practice."
Madden continued that with only 16 regular season games a year, the Redskins coach owed it to the sport to pick his strongest team.
This is still regular-season football," he explained.
"Draft order, that's one small thing, but you still owe it to the people that are playing, that are still in the playoff picture. And when you can affect that and you don't affect it with an all-out performance, then I think that affects the integrity of the game ... If you're in the regular season, there's only one way to play, and that's to play your best people to win the game, every regular season game."
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