Chiefs vs. Redskins. Typically the turning point of a game comes at some point within the game. But this time, the turning point for Chiefs vs. Redskins came before the game was ever even played. Sunday morning, ESPN released a report stating Mike Shanahan almost quit as head coach of the team last season due to the relationship between team owner Daniel Snyder and quarterback Robert Griffin III.
I actually thought the Redskins had a small chance to beat the Chiefs if certain things went in their favor. But the team already had a fragile psyche entering the game due to a four game losing streak, and the news report had to damage that psyche even further, as it came out before the game started.
Robert Griffin III stated that he did not hear about the report before the game, but it’s possible that some of the Redskins players did. And if so, it had to have an impact on the outcome. The Redskins looked flat and unprepared for the matchup. Coach Shanahan took the blame for that onto himself, but the team was barely competitive.
The ESPN report quoted a team source, so if that source really was affiliated with the team, it’s more than likely people knew of the report before it’s release. And knowledge of it could have matriculated through the team before the game started. And absolutely nothing worked for the Redskins. Not the offense, defense, and most certainly not the special teams.
So I think the game was lost by the Redskins before it began. And once that report came down nothing was going to prevent the Chiefs from winning. No amount of preparation from Mike Shanahan could re-ignite a fire to compete, after it’s been doused by not only snow and ice, but a chilling report of dissention between the team owner and the head coach.