RGIII and Mike Shanahan Prove Importance Of Quarterback-Coach Relationship
Robert Griffin III and Mike Shanahan battled their way through preseason up until this point with RG III telling the media he wants to play in the exhibition games and that will be ready for Week 1. Shanahan disputed RG III being ready for the opener and said the second year QB won't play much in the preseason if at all.
But all is well now between the two. So well that when backup quarterback Kirk Cousins went down with a foot injury during the first quarter against Pittsburgh during a Monday Night football game, Shanahan momentarily floored Griffin by gesturing toward the field and asking if he wanted to give it a shot. It was a prank, RG III thought it was hysterical, and now Redskins fans can Hail to the Relationship.
Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. Mike Tomlin and Ben Roethlisberger. Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers. Sean Payton and Drew Brees. And now John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco. Part of the reason these players and coaches and respective franchises (Giants, Patriots, Steelers, Packers, Saints, Ravens) have Super Bowl titles is because of the coach-QB relationship. Being on the same page and knowing the task at hand from the first day of preseason is important. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, for example, know each other inside and out, know each others' goals because they are the same and know the organization from top to bottom. They also know how to handle new players to the system and franchise better than most.
You have to have a quarterback and a head coach to win a Super Bowl in the National Football League. But even more than that, those two individuals have to have a great relationship or nothing will translate onto the field on game day.