Updated Dec. 8, 2013 2:15 p.m.
Original Dec. 8, 2013 11:04 a.m.
LANDOVER, Md. (CBSDC) — Mike Shanahan had cleaned out his office and was ready to leave the Washington Redskins at the conclusion of the 2012 season according to an ESPN report.
Had it not been for a gruesome knee injury to Robert Griffin III in the team’s wild-card playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks he would have been out the door, Dan Graziano reports.
The injury allegedly changed the Super Bowl winning coach’s mind.
Shanahan had reportedly become “disillusioned” by owner Daniel Snyder’s relationship with Griffin. Per Graziano, the owner had “empowered” the rookie quarterback and put him above all other players on the roster.
According to the report, Shanahan told those close to him that he felt the Synder-Griffin relationship was a “complete farce.”
At least one person with direct knowledge of the situation tells Mark Maske of The Washington Post that they “don’t know that it can be fixed now.”
Some within the organization have speculated Shanahan may be interested in taking over the Houston Texans following Gary Kubiak’s dismissal last week.
Team spokesperson Tony Wyllie called the report “ridiculous,” but Graziano maintains that “it appears a breakup is inevitable.”
Sunday’s report comes amid increased uncertainty surrounding Shanahan’s future following the present disappointing season. He has one year left on a five-year contract that pays roughly $7 million per season.
An informal online poll conducted by 106.7 The Fan showed 57 percent of listeners believe 2013 will be Shanahan’s final season in Washington. Comparatively, 34 percent say the coach will return for a fifth season while 9 percent remain undecided.
Shanahan is expected to address the report following Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.