If the report by Ian Rapaport this morning is to be believed, Kirk Cousins looks like the starter in Washington this week. According to Rapoport, two people that have seen the game plan say the Redskins appear to be moving forward with Cousins. Griffin has not been informed. Earlier, Jay Glazer said that the “thinking inside the building is that Shanahan is going with Cousins unless RG3 is able to convince him otherwise.” John Keim has also just confirmed that a team source says Cousins will start.
This comes during the fourth day of a saga that began Sunday morning, with the leaks that Mike Shanahan was prepared to resign last year because of the relationship between Robert Griffin III and Daniel Snyder. There is much (reasonable) thought that this leak came from Shanahan, and it seemed as if he was trying to provoke a response from Snyder. Many expected Shanahan to be gone Monday. It didn’t happen.
At issue is likely the $7 million Shanahan would be owed versus if he quit or was fired with cause, according to Mark Maske. Shanahan had a bizarre press conference of non-denials on Monday, and also floated the idea of sitting Robert Griffin III because of how many sacks he has taken recently.
Some observers around the league now say they wonder if the situation has become a stare-down between Snyder and Shanahan, with a divorce inevitable but each side attempting to orchestrate it on its own terms, with the remaining money in Shanahan’s contract at stake. Several people with knowledge of the situation said Monday it is possible, but not certain, that if the Redskins fire Shanahan they will fire him for cause and attempt to withhold the remaining money due to him, contending that he violated his contract by being possibly involved in the dissemination of the ESPN report. Shanahan could challenge such a move, if it’s made, in a grievance.
It appears, for now, that Snyder will stay out of the personnel decisions, as Shanahan has now, under the guise of Griffin’s protection, pushed the issue. It would be a virtually unprecedented move. Washington did not sit Griffin months ago. Now, without any further injury, they are prepared to sit him in favor of the guy who he reportedly felt insecure enough to rush back to play in front of.
[UPDATE: According to Jeff Darlington, Robert Griffin III will be inactive for Sunday]
Redskins players have been told Rex Grossman will backup Kirk Cousins on Sunday — and Robert Griffin III will be inactive.
— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) December 11, 2013