It seems as though Mike Shanahan wants to be fired, and wants to be portrayed as a victim undermined by the “notorious” Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. With the ESPN report from yesterday being dropped mere hours before the Washington Redskins / Kansas City Chiefs game, it seems the effect was to create a situation where Snyder is forced to fire Shanahan.
But is that what Snyder will do? Will he give Shanahan what he wants? Logic suggests that Shanahan wants to be free to pursue other NFL job openings. As of now he still has a job, but whether that job ends in the next few days or in three weeks is yet to be determined. Snyder may fire Shanahan or hold off until Shanahan is forced to resign.
I stated a few weeks ago that Mike Shanahan should be fired immediately to limit the amount of damage he could do the team. And as we’ve seen by waiting, Shanahan has been able to use the media to portray himself as a victim, and pass blame for the team’s current situation onto Dan Snyder and quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Who knows what other negative blows Shanahan may be able strike against the team if he’s allowed to remain as head coach any longer? And let’s be real here, Shanahan may be acting oblivious to these news reports, but it’s obvious that he or someone close to him is leaking this information to the media. And it’s being done for a calculated purpose, and is not mere coincidence.
It’s becoming easier to see when a news story is being manipulated. And this is one of those occasions. Shanahan wants to create a favorable opinion of himself for when he gets fired. But if Snyder holds off and Shanahan mails it in it down the stretch rather than quitting, then he will run the risk of being viewed negatively regardless. This could get worse before it get better.