GAITHERSBURG, Md. (CBSDC) — Mike Shanahan has no plans to resign as head coach of the Washington Redskins.
Speculation has surfaced that Shanahan was ready to quit the team at the conclusion of the 2012 season after becoming disillusioned by lleged preferential treatment shown to Robert Griffin III by owner Daniel Snyder.
After Griffin severely injured his knee in a wild-card contest against the Seattle Seahawks, Shanahan did an about-face and decided to remain with the team. In the months that followed, he became embattled in a fierce three-way finger-pointing contest on who was to blame for the injury.
This week Shanahan said he ignored his gut feeling to pull the then rookie from the playoff game at halftime after consulting Griffin and doctors, both of whom said the quarterback could continue to play.
Also this week, Shanahan benched the underperforming Griffin to ensure he would be healthy for offseason activities. He said the move was to protect the franchise quarterback and made in the best interest of the organization.
Others speculate the benching, coupled with the report he was ready to walk away, is part of a plan to orchestrate his exit from the Redskins.
On Sunday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Shanahan will not resign as head coach and would like to return to Washington next season, provided he can run the team the way he wants. He adds the team will not attempt to fire Shanahan for cause in an attempt to withhold the $7 million remaining on Shanahan’s contract. The contract is “ironclad” according to the coach’s longtime confidant.
Shanahan said this week he will sit down with Snyder at the end of the season to discuss his future — something not out of the norm for someone in his position. The coach is in fourth year of a five-year deal and would be a “lame duck” next season if he were to return without a new deal.
“You always want to finish something you’ve started. You always want to,” Shanahan said Wednesday. “Dan and I will sit down at the end of the season and I will give him the things that I believe it takes to get to the next level, and I’m sure he’ll give me his viewpoint. So at the end of the year we’ll get a chance to sit down, chat with one another, feel if we’re on the same page — all the things coaches do going into the last year of their contract.”