Report: Shanahan nearly quit after last season
Some in the Redskins’ front office believe that the relationship between owner Dan Snyder and head coach Mike Shanahan is damaged to the point where it can’t be repaired, according to a report in the Washington Post.
The report comes in the wake of an ESPN report this morning that said that a rift between Snyder and Shanahan stemming from the owner’s treatment of Robert Griffin III had grown so severe that Shanahan was ready to resign after the end of last season.
“I don’t know that it can be fixed,” said one anonymous person employed in the front office of the Snyder-Shanahan relationship.
According to the Post's report, some of those people were angered by the report that emerged this morning and wondered about the motivation for having the story get out at this time. There was speculation that Shanahan could be angling to get out of his contract here to take the Houston Texans’ vacant coaching position.
The fact that front office personnel are talking to the press like this may confirm what they are saying. If management is turning against Shanahan, it may indeed be too late for the relationship to be repaired.