Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan met the decision to bench quarterback Robert Griffin III with strong disagreement.
"I made it clear I was disappointed," Shanahan said Thursday at a press conference.
Shanahan said he wants the best players on the field, including his starting quarterback.
"I don't want to change anything. I don't like losing," he said.
Head coach Mike Shanahan, Kyle's father, announced the Redskins would shut down Griffin in the name of preservation. Griffin has had two ACL surgeries since his second year at Baylor, and Mike Shanahan said the benefit of a full offseason -- one devoid of rehab -- was the best thing for Griffin's future. By logic, Mike Shanahan said that was also the best for the Redskins' future after requiring owner Dan Snyder and general manager Bruce Allen to sign off on the change to make Kirk Cousins the starter.
"Yeah, I got zero involvement on that (decision). Game-planned for both on Tuesday, which is kind of frustrating, and got the final decision on Wednesday.
"When the decision doesn't have to do with football, has to do with the future of the organization, I think that's out of my realm. It has to do with a GM and an owner."
Cousins will start at quarterback for the Redskins on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. Griffin will be inactive behind backup Rex Grossman.
Cousins said the coaches informed him that he would start this week.
Mike Shanahan hinted at a possible switch on Monday when he said if Griffin did not play this week that he would sit out for the rest of the season. He said Wednesday that he talked to owner Snyder last week about the number of hits Griffin absorbed this season.
"I thought it was in his best interest and the organization to talk about it," Mike Shanahan said Wednesday, adding that Snyder and Allen discussed shutting RGIII down.
"To be honest with you, I wanted to give Robert as many reps as he could possibly have. ... Sometimes you have to evaluate, when you are getting hit repeatedly, the risk-reward. With Robert, the hits were piling up on him. I was afraid we were going to set him back. I said, 'Hey, it's not worth it right now.'"
The Redskins (3-10) are in last place in the NFC East and the head coach said the move was made to protect Griffin from injury in the team's remaining three games. Griffin suffered a major knee injury in the Redskins' playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks in January but returned in time for the start of the regular season.
Griffin was told the move was made with his health in mind, but he said it did take him by surprise.
"I'm sure everybody knows by now, coach decided to shut me down for the rest of the season," Griffin said Wednesday. "We talked, I expressed my desire to play, finish with my guys and see it through. He explained to me his reasoning. At the end of the day, it's coach's decision.
"I thought it was just another normal week; turns out it was not that way. I'm just going to continue to focus on getting better."