WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Prior to the Redskins’ 45-10 home blowout to the Kansas City Chiefs, an ESPN report broke indicating Mike Shanahan had actually planned to resign from the head coaching position following the conclusion of last season.
Shanahan had premeditated resigned following Washington’s 2012 playoff loss the Seahawks – or whenever the team’s playoff run ended – but altered those plans, deciding to remain with the team after Robert Griffin III’s devastating knee injury.
One of the reasons contributing to Shanahan’s desire to leave Washington, as cited in the report, was feeling Redskins’ owner Daniel Snyder had overstepped his bounds in empowering Griffin, and putting him on a pedestal above all other players on the team.
“The source said Shanahan had grown tired of the way Snyder empowered Griffin and openly esteemed him above all other players,” the report detailed, while also saying Shanahan had clean out his office, and expected to leave the team whenever the season ended.
This report, along with the Redskins’ potentially parting ways with Shanahan following a disastrous 2013 season, was the topic of discussion on The NFL Today on CBS on Sunday morning.
“First of all, I think they overachieved last year,” said Shannon Sharpe “I don’t think they were nearly as good as their 10‑6 record would indicate.”
“RGIII said, ‘I’m coming back. I’m all in for week one. I’m going to be the old RGIII of old,’” Sharpe recited. “He’s not that. There’s a chain of command, a protocol you have if you have a problem with your position coach, the offensive coordinator, and the head coach. That’s how it goes. You talk to your position coach. You go to your offensive coordinator. Then you go to the head coach.
“RGIII has a situation where he can usurp all that and go straight to the owner. Therein lies the problem right there. Dan Snyder, you hired Mike Shanahan and gave him a lot of control, but when you become this close to a player, you usurp his authority. When you do that, the player knows that, and he has no respect for him.
“I have a lot of respect for Mike Shanahan, Super Bowl-winning coach with John Elway, our contemporary,” said Boomer Esiason. “I think there will be a new coach down there. There has to be a new coach. This can’t go on. I don’t think he wants it to go on the way it’s been going down. And, it’s not going to change because Dan Snyder is not going to change.”
That conversation’s only likely to heat up now, as the Redskins plummet to 3-10 on the season, and signs of the relationship being salvaged between Shanahan and Snyder appear to be fleeting.