LANDOVER, Md. (CBSDC) — After his team was handed a 35-point embarrassing defeat on Sunday, Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan wasted little time in addressing a report that he was ready to walk away from the team at the conclusion of the 2012 season.
He did not deny it.
Shortly before kickoff it was reported by ESPN that Shanahan had cleared out his office last season and was going to quit because of the relationship between team owner Daniel Snyder and then rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.
The report alleged Griffin received preferential treatment from the owner who held the second-overall pick in that year’s draft in a higher regard than all other players on the team. Shanahan had become disillusioned by their chummy rapport, according to Dan Graziano.
Two weeks ago when it was reported that Griffin asked the Redskins coaching staff not to display his poor plays during team meetings, Shanahan was quick to fire back. The coach said the report was absolutely untrue and an attempt to character assassination Griffin.
Shanahan did not rebuff this ESPN report.
“It’s not the right place or time to talk about my relationship with Dan Snyder,” Shanahan said after Washington was outscored by 35 points. “It’s not the right time and place to talk about something that happened a year ago. I will get a chance to talk to Dan at the end of the season, and I will give him some viewpoints from me. And I’m sure he will give me his thoughts. I’m not sure what direction we will go, but we will communicate that at the right time.”
The coach was then asked why he wouldn’t outwardly deny the allegations.
“Anytime you are 3-9, or 3-10, there will constantly be things brought up time after time,” he said. “I’m not going to go down that road, because I understand what happens when you are having the type of season we are having.”
Shanahan began to bristle as he was continually asked about the report. The Redskins coach said he would only discuss the upcoming game against the Atlanta Falcons or the other two games remaining on Washington’s schedule.
He was asked whether he had any discussions with Snyder since the report came out.
“I’m not going to get into details about my relationship with Dan or about the reports that circled this morning,” Shanahan said.
And he was then directly asked whether he would like to remain head coach of the Redskins.
“Like I said, you can keep talking about this, but I think I made my point. Any questions about football?”
Shanahan also declined to name Griffin the starting quarterback for next week’s road game against the Atlanta Falcons.