The Washington Redskins’ disappointing season has been injected with more drama thanks to a report by ESPN chronicling a rift between Mike Shanahan and Dan Snyder over the owner’s relationship with Robert Griffin III. A source says Shanahan was so disillusioned that he cleaned out his office in the advance of last year’s playoff game against Seattle and expected to leave the team at season’s end.
The source said Shanahan had grown tired of the way Snyder empowered Griffin and openly esteemed him above all other players. Shanahan didn’t blame Griffin but did blame Snyder for creating an atmosphere that Shanahan did not believe was conducive to winning. Shanahan privately told people close to him that he felt Snyder’s behavior with regard to Griffin was a “complete farce.”
The source claims Shanahan changed his mind after Griffin III’s knee injury in the playoff loss. A Redskins team spokesman says this story is “ridiculous.” Shanahan’s time in Washington may be coming to an end sooner rather than later. It’s hard to imagine this type of story improving the relationship between he and Snyder or the environment surrounding the team in any way.