Big-game Redskins role reversal for RG3, Shanahan

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The Cowboys-Redskins game has been moved to Sunday night and will mark the end of the regular season. It’s possible that Washington (9-6) could lose and still get a wild card berth, but only if the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings both lose earlier in the day.

There was one point on which Shanahan and Griffin agreed: These are the types of games that can make a career.

“At the end of the day, everybody is compared to winning championships, if you like it or not,” Shanahan said. “Is it fair all the time? Probably not. But how you’re going to be judged or ranked is how you play in those games. They define you, sometimes.”

Griffin has already shown he can handle high-profile games, winning his NFL debut, his Monday night debut and his Thanksgiving debut. He ranks either first or second in the league in passer rating, yards-per-attempt and interception percentage.

He said he’ll be able to do more physically against the Cowboys after his sprained right knee prompted coaches to limit the game plan in a 27-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

“Nothing’s definite in the league with how you’re going to be judged,” Griffin said. “But if you play big in the big stages, people tend to write good things about you, so we all want to play well on the big stage.”

While Shanahan’s words could be used to market the game, Griffin didn’t miss a chance to market himself. He was asked about a $10,000 fine, which he is appealing, levied recently by the NFL for wearing attire from his personal sponsor Adidas instead of league sponsor Nike at a postgame news conference.

“I understand the principle of that. And I respect that,” Griffin said. “That why I haven’t really worn that much Adidas at all.”

“Three stripes,” he added with a smile, a reference to the Adidas logo. “That’s all I can say about that. Name-dropping all up in here.”

Griffin got a mention by the NFL later in the day when he, left tackle Trent Williams and linebacker Lorenzo Alexander were the Redskins players selected to the Pro Bowl. All three are first-time selections with distinct stories: the rookie phenom, the athletic lineman who rededicated himself after last year’s drug suspension, and the special teams standout finally getting his due.

“You can’t play down those kind of things,” Griffin said. “I’ve always said my whole football career that you don’t play for awards. They just come. You don’t say you’re going to win the Heisman. You don’t say you’re going to win MVP. You go out and you prove it on the field, and if everyone feels that way then they’ll give you that award.”

Notes: WR Dezmon Briscoe did not practice Wednesday after missing his flight back from the Christmas break. “That’ll cost a little cash,” Shanahan said. … RT Tyler Polumbus (concussion) and LB London Fletcher (sprained left ankle) did not practice, while CB DeJon Gomes (sprained left knee) was limited. … The Redskins‘ new bubble paid off Wednesday when a winter storm forced the team inside for practice. A year ago, the players would have piled into cars to drive to a gym or an airport hangar.


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