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Mike Shanahan says injuries are nothing to do with RG3's fall from grace

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Robert Griffin III has had a turbulent couple of years to say the least. In his rookie season, RG3 was impressive and made the Pro Bowl.

Many experts expected the dual-threat quarterback to progress after his rookie season, but what transpired has been more of a plummet than a steady rise.

It is widely accepted that one of the main reasons why RG3 has struggled during the last couple of seasons is because of injury.
 At the end of his rookie season, the signal caller suffered a season-ending knee injury that has also been career-altering. 

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Affected by injuries?


Despite these injury problems, former Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan believes that less importance should be placed on the quarterback's injury problems - with the legendary coach claiming other things in Griffin's make-up have affected his performance.

“I don’t think getting hurt has anything to do with it,” Shanahan said of RG3 on the Grant and Danny Show on 106.7 The Fan, via CSNWashington.com, according to ProFootballTalk.

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“In college he didn’t have a route tree, didn’t have a playbook. That does take some time. If you take a QB like that you must run the kind of system that allows them to be successful.

"I really believe Robert thought he was more of a drop back quarterback. He hasn’t done things the NFL asks you to do. It does take some growing pains. You better really work on it inside and out.”

Controversial comments

To say that RG3 getting hurt has not got anything to do with his drop in quality play is misguided to say the least.

Injuries have no doubt affected RG3 in the last couple of years. The quarterback benefited from his evasiveness in the pocket in his first season, but that threat has been sadly lacking in the last couple of seasons.

Shanahan's comments could be classed as controversial or right on the money, but what do you think NFL fans? Let us know in the box below.

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