Hall of Fame coach John Madden said on Sirius XM NFL Radio that Shanahan's decision to sit Griffin affects the integrity of the game. Madden believes Griffin would be playing if Washington was fighting for a playoff berth so there's no reason he shouldn't be playing now."I do know this: when the going goes tough you don't quit," Madden said. "And you don't fold up And you don't go in the other direction. I think you stay with what you believe you stay with who you are, you stay with what you are. And we have an integrity piece here, too.
"You can say well they're 3-10, they're out of it, so now they can do these things. No you can't. This is still regular-season football. 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."