Report: Mike Shanahan was ready to leave the Redskins last year

According to ESPN’s Dan Graziano, head coach Mike Shanahan cleaned out his office and was ready to leave the Redskins after their playoff loss to the Seahawks last season because of the way owner Daniel Snyder favors quarterback Robert Griffin III over everyone else.

The source said Shanahan had grown tired of the way Snyder empowered Griffin and openly esteemed him above all other players. Shanahan didn’t blame Griffin but did blame Snyder for creating an atmosphere that Shanahan did not believe was conducive to winning. Shanahan privately told people close to him that he felt Snyder’s behavior with regard to Griffin was a “complete farce.”

The only reason Shanahan didn’t leave was because of RG3’s knee injury.

But when Griffin injured his knee in that playoff loss, a source said, Shanahan changed his plans. He believed leaving at that point was no longer an option. He didn’t want the general public, or possibly even his players, to think he left because of Griffin’s injury.

It seems like Shanahan will end leaving the Skins at some point in the near future.

Those who know him believe that, if he was willing to walk away last season, he might be willing to do the same this offseason. Snyder also could decide to fire him.

Either way, it appears a breakup is inevitable. Shanahan has one year left on his contract, and the Redskins are struggling through a disappointing season at 3-9. As a result of the 2012 trade that allowed the Redskins to draft Griffin, the team doesn’t even have a first-round draft pick in 2014. The Rams hold that pick, which, if the season ended Sunday, would be the No. 2 pick overall.

This is exactly why the Redskins haven’t been. Legit contender in a long time.


  1. Anonymous says

    Is there any way the team can fire Snyder. If he (Snyder) keeps firing coaches, the Redskins will never get or keep a good coach. When Snyder bought the team he said he would run the team like Jerry Jones of the cowboys. Look at how that has worked for Dallas. Jones fired Rob Ryan and hired Monte Kiffen. That worked like most of the changes after Johnson.
    I say fire Snyder then Shanahan. I have been a Skins fan since mid ’50. Think I’ll start following the Panthers until D.C. finds a way to fire Snyder.

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