It seems extremely unlikely that Kyle Shanahan will be coaching the Redskins and Robert Griffin III next year. With the Redskins at 3-10 and his father Mike apparently involved in a bizarre end game it seems certain that the offensive coordinator will be swept out the door with the rest of the assistant coaches shortly after the season ends, if not sooner.
But while the head coach seems to be burning some bridges on the way out the door, Kyle Shanahan is saying all the right things. He was asked about the possibility of a quarterback controversy in Washington in 2014 if Kirk Cousins plays well in the three games he is slated to start this year.
“I think it’s ridiculous to act like this is a quarterback competition,” said Shanahan. “Robert just had the best year as a rookie in NFL history. He didn’t do that again this year. We didn’t do that again this year. To give up on him like that and say that you’re going to play someone else, that’s, to me, that’s fun for people to talk about but that hasn’t entered my brain one least bit and it’s not even a possibility or an option to me.”
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The simple truth is that if Cousins plays well he won’t be a Redskin in 2014. With the team having traded away its first-round pick in the deal to get Griffin it would be foolish for them to keep Cousins. If they can get even a second-round pick for him, whoever is in charge would have to deal an asset who, if all goes well, will be riding the bench.
Even if Cousins plays poorly the Redskins are likely to shop him and get what they can for him. If the success of journeyman backups like Josh McCown and, earlier this season, Brian Hoyer is any indication, a second-string quarterback who could win a few games for you can be had for a fairly low cost in terms of both draft picks (usually none) and cap space (veteran minimum deal with a quarterback premium added).