During his Monday press conference, Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan stated that the teams was looking into benching starting QB Robert Griffin III in order in ensure he makes it to the offseason without injury. Whether that’s truly accurate remains to be seen. As does Shanahan’s position as head coach remains in doubt.
Shanahan again refused to answer questions in regards to the Sunday ESPN report. However, he did state that a portion of the report stating that he cleaned out his office last season wasn’t true, because all he needs to do is take a few notebooks and a laptop and that’s the extent of cleaning out his office. Shanahan refused to answer if he considered quitting last season.
When pressed about why sources inside his organization are leaking information to the media, Shanahan would only say that it’s because the team is 3-10. And when a team is losing like that then leaks are the sorts of things that happen. Shanahan even suggested the reporter asking the question find out the answer and let him when they do.
Shanahan stated that he had spoken to owner Daniel Snyder earlier in the day, but when asked about what was said between the two, he refused to answer. When asked why his tone had changed in regards to him saying he expected to return, to now saying his future would be determined at an end of season meeting with Snyder? Shanahan stated he didn’t recall saying he expected to return.
In terms of benching Griffin, Shanahan stated he would consult with Snyder before such a move was made, and stated he and Snyder had a good relationship. When asked if he would get input from RGIII in regards to his not playing the rest of the season, Shanahan stated once the decision was made, he would let RGIII know about it.
Shanahan stated the benching would not be for performance reasons. However, there’s no reason at this point to believe that Shanahan would really acknowledge that even if it was. It seemed as though Shanahan was leaning towards playing Kirk Cousins in week 15 in Atlanta.