Afterword: Shanahan and RG3
Reading a lot about the reaction to Mike Shanahan and the Redskins coaching and medical staff’s decision to leave RG3 in the game despite the obvious risks of further injury (which in this case, happened).
Interesting to note that in this Shanahan profile by Stefan Fatsis, Shanahan himself suffered his own career-ending injury while playing quarterback at Eastern Illinois. From the article:
“Shanahan grew up in suburban Chicago in the 1960s, the son of an electrician and a housewife. He nearly died when he was speared by a linebacker while playing quarterback at Eastern Illinois, the only college that offered him a football scholarship. A priest was summoned to read last rites. Shanahan lost a kidney, recovered, petitioned unsuccessfully to rejoin the football team and began his coaching career upon graduation.”
Which both baffles me as to why he wouldn’t take more precaution with his own quarterback and makes me wonder if his own experience desensitized him to injuries. Or, quite simply, he was a coach who thought leaving his quarterback in gave him the best shot at winning a playoff game?