Special Treatment of RGIII Made Shanahan Ready to Quit
Some details have surfaced today from a source who spoke up on the terms of anonymity concerning the disconnect between Redskins owner Dan Snyder and head coach Mike Shanahan. The source says that Shanahan disagreed with the special treatment of Robert Griffin III from Snyder to the point that the head coach was ready to leave at 2012 season’s end.
Shanahan had cleaned out his office in advance approaching January’s wild-card game vs the Seattle Seahawks as he had full intentions of walking away whenever the season came to a close. Shanahan felt that Snyder had empowered Griffin and held him at a higher esteem above all other players. Shanahan felt this was not a successful way to run a team and that wins would not be apart of the system due to low moral and favoritism.
Shanahan was comfortable with the thought of leaving. He felt it would be on a positive note as the Redskins had won the NFC East in his third year as head coach while preparing for a playoff run. He believed the team showed strong character and came together during an amazing seven-game winning streak to end the regular season.
Shanahan’s plans changed when Griffin went down with a knee injury in that playoff loss. He felt that if he had left after the injury, the general public and team would assume that the loss of his star quarterback caused him to walk.
Shanahan was approached on these details in which he declined to comment. Tony Wyllie, Redskins’ team spokesman commented, “That story is ridiculous.”
It may sound a bit ridiculous, but given the team’s dysfunctional play this season, as well as some off-season controversy between head coach and quarterback, it may not be too far-fetched. Snyder would regularly send his security team to accompany Griffin wherever he went in Washington, unlike any other Redskins player. Snyder’s personal driver was spotted catering to Griffin and his now wife at road games.
Shanahan had seen favoritism towards Griffin over other players up close too. When quarterback Kirk Cousins took over for Griffin last December in Cleveland, he had led them to a 38-21 victory. Snyder was seen in the locker room speaking only with Griffin, and disregarding Cousins completely. It’s no secret that Griffin is Washington’s bright light, but that light cannot shine without a team around him, which is why Shanahan disagreed so heavily with Snyder’s treatment of RGIII.
If Shanahan was tempted to leave at the end of last season, what’s to say he won’t contemplate such an action again this season? A divorce is likely to happen sooner or later as Shanahan has one year left on his contract with the struggling 3-9 Redskins.
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