Report: Shanahan nearly quit after last season
Mike Shanahan was ready to leave the Redskins last season due to the relationship between owner Dan Snyder and quarterback Robert Griffin III, according to an ESPN report.
The report cited a source who said that Shanahan had cleared out his office prior to the team’s playoff game last January and that he was ready to leave the organization because of what he perceived to be favorable treatment given Griffin, who was on his way to winning the offensive rookie of the year award, by Snyder.
However, after Griffin suffered a serious knee injury in the Redskins wild card round playoff loss to the Seahawks, Shanahan decided that leaving “was not an option” as it might look like he was leaving due to the injury.
Shanahan declined to comment on the story and team spokesman Tony Wyllie said, “That story is ridiculous.”
Although there has been plenty of speculation over the nature of the relationship between Shanahan and Griffin, this is the first report of any kind of friction between the head coach and Snyder. The story does seem to be a bit curious. It is hard to believe that with a team coming off of an NFC East title, Shanahan would be ready to pack up and leave with two years and $14 million left on his contract.
Rob Carlin of Comcast SportsNet reported on Redskins Kickoff that some individuals who say that they were in Shanahan’s office just prior to the Seattle playoff game said that the office did not appeared to be cleared out to any degree. They said that pictures were still on the wall and that other artifacts remained in place.