Shanahan Says Reports Of RGIII Turmoil Are ‘Absolutely Untrue’
Original: Nov. 24, 2013 11:26 a.m.
Updated: Nov. 24, 2013 12:18 p.m.
ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan is calling the latest reports of turmoil involving second-year quarterback Robert Griffin III “absolutely untrue.”
Shanahan, who spoke with 106.7 The Fan’s Grant Paulsen Sunday morning from his office inside Redskins Park, was surprised to hear of the report by Ian Rapoport and Mike Silver of the NFL Network.
Per the report, Griffin asked coaches not to show his bad plays in meetings and has expressed his dissatisfaction with Shanahan to teammates.
“Inside the building, we talked to people familiar with the situation, they perceive RGIII as kind of insecure, specifically about Kirk Cousins, which may be one reason he was so eager to rush back,” Silver said in the report. “At Baylor, they didn’t put RGIII’s bad plays up on the board in the meeting rooms. Sources familiar with the situation say he has asked the Redskins to do the same. They have refused to up to this point.”
The report also stated the coach and quarterback sat down earlier in the week to “clear the air” after Griffin expressed frustrations regarding play calling following Washington’s loss in Philadelphia. Griffin said the Eagles knew what plays were going to be called — a statement interpreted by many as a shot at the coaching staff.
The report comes on the heels of remarks made by wide receiver Santana Moss that were seemingly critical of the quarterback for not taking responsibility for a game-ending interception in team’s seventh loss of the season. Moss has since clarified the criticism, saying the statement was intended for anyone in leadership role, quarterback or otherwise. The veteran receiver also says he and Griffin have spoken and that they are fine.
The Redskins host the San Francisco 49ers tomorrow on Monday Night Football.