Posted November 24, 2013

Mike Shanahan refutes report about Robert Griffin III’s unhappiness in Washington

NFC East, Washington Redskins
The alleged divide between Robert Griffin III and Mike Shanahan could make for an interesting offseason.

The alleged divide between Robert Griffin III and Mike Shanahan could make for an interesting offseason. (The Washington Post/Getty Images)

The mini-circus that has surrounded Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is still in town … unless it isn’t. After Washington’s 24-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday, Griffin raised the hackles of fans and some of his teammates when he said that his own offense was predictable enough for the Eagles defense to read. He also seemed to insinuate that the game-clinching interception to Philly cornerback Brandon Boykin was, well, not so much his fault. This brought fire from receiver Santana Moss, who quite correctly said that whether Griffin was at fault or not, part of his job as a quarterback is to take the hits for such plays when speaking to the media.

Griffin and head coach Mike Shanahan spackled over these issues throughout the week, but on Sunday morning, Shanahan had to do more damage control. Mike Silver of the NFL Network reported that Griffin asked his coaches to refrain from putting his bad plays up on the boards in meeting rooms. Head coach Art Briles agreed to that when Griffin was at Baylor, but according to Silver, Washington’s coaches have not agreed to the same consideration.

“What I am told is that Griffin met with Mike Shanahan to clear the air and the word I get from inside the building is they are working together,” Ian Rapoport said on the network’s Gameday Morning program. “There is an air of positivity, essentially because there is no other choice. Kirk Cousins is not an option, has never been an option, but when you talk to players, you get a guy like Santana Moss who grew up in the Bill Parcells world where the quarterback takes blame for everything, RGIII hasn’t done that and that’s rankled some guys.”

“There is a lot of air to be cleared,” Silver responded, regarding the alleged divide between Griffin and his teammates and coaches. “This is real. RGIII has expressed to teammates his dissatisfaction with Mike Shanahan and this could be coming to a head. Inside the building, when you talk to people familiar with this situation they perceive RGIII as kind of insecure, specifically about Kirk Cousins, which may be one reason he was so eager to rush back. At Baylor, they didn’t put RGIII’s bad plays up on the board in the meeting rooms; sources familiar with the situation say he has asked the Redskins to do the same. They have refused to this point, but keep an eye on this situation.”

Shanahan, whose Redskins face the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football, had a little extra time on Sunday morning to address the issue, and he did with certainty. He spoke with 106.7 The Fan’s Grant Paulsen and said that Silver’s report was “completely false. Robert would never do that.”

Whatever happens with this team over the last five weeks of the season will come to an interesting head when the 3-7 Redskins are done playing. There’s very little chance they’ll go on the same kind of run they did last season to win the NFC East after a 3-6 start, and if there’s continued reports of differences between the team’s most important power-brokers, there might be changes afoot in D.C. — and those changes won’t involve the quarterback the Redskins gave up multiple first-round draft picks to acquire.

16 comments
Lohikaarme
Lohikaarme

In the mean time Vince Young wonders why the deadskins are not calling him to replace RG3. Their play styles are the same.

jjbmdpa
jjbmdpa

Shanahan was "a one trick pony." He was lucky enough to have Elway. End of story. 

Smoothkaos
Smoothkaos

The 'Sophomore Slump' is most essentially just teams have a whole season of game tape to plan their defense against the Sophomore and his offense.  RG3 hasn't shown a slump per se as teams have shown that they know how to better line up against him now over last year.  Same with Luck and Kaep.  The elite qb's pull through it by trusting their staff and teammates as Kaep is doing.  RG3 is waaaaaay too sensitive IMO if these allegations are indeed true.  He needs to grow a big 'ol pair of balls REAL QUICK if he wants to progress as an NFL quarterback and if he instead continues the way he has with laying blame on everybody else instead of himself he's going to be a 2nd stringer within 2-3 years or out of the league.  With his attitude perhaps he should've been a wide receiver LOL 

David15
David15

People are completely missing the point with this team. The Redskins are awful because the defense is ranked 31st in PPG and 29th in YPG. The offense has been quite good, 5th in YPG and 12th in PPG. Griffin certainly hasn't been as efficient this year as he was last year, but the biggest issue on this team is the horrendous defense. People (and that includes RG3 and Shanny) need to check the emotions and take more intelligent look at what ails this team if they ever hope to get better.

mrfrogburger
mrfrogburger

Put Cousins on the field. The guy needs to learn a lesson. I'm tired of him as a Redskins fan.

destrusdominate
destrusdominate

Last year RG3's true record was 7-6 (Kirk Cousins stepped in and won 3 games for him). This year RG3 is 3-7. So his final tally is 10-13. This is the true RG3. If I were the Redskins management I would trade him immediately to some other foolish team who is willing to part with just a single 2nd round pick gamble.

destrusdominate
destrusdominate

I called it a long long time ago. RG3 is a bust. He wasn't that great in college under pressure. His 3rd down pressure situations had him at a low accuracy passing percentage, same as in the NFL, who would have guessed? Plus, he is an attention seeking QB loving all the media attention, and that weird Pop Rocks youtube rap video proves what he does in his off time rather than study film... Lol, If these scouts/analysts make millions doing this, I would do it for half that money.

sunalsorises
sunalsorises

Robert Griffin III is about to get his first coach fired.  What a leader.

Whiplash
Whiplash

Shanahan is not to blame for lack of Skin's success. Skin's have pretty much stunk since they won their last Superbowl (XXVI) in 1992. And as history shows, changing coaches does little except ruin continuity, and since Snyder bought the team continuity has been the one thing clearly lacking. Skin's will improve given time and a chance for stability.

Go_paul
Go_paul

Shanahan needs to read the bible

otherworld
otherworld

The team is in free fall and I can't imagine that the Shanahans will be back. I personally think Shanahan is done as an NFL coach. No doubt Snyder is simply waiting for the right time to make the switch. IMO. 

David15
David15

@destrusdominate haha. the people writing him off after this season are just as ridiculous as the ones who labeled him elite after last year. take a deep breath everyone. Luck and Kaep are going through a bit of a sophomore slump as well. The guy who is really being bailed out by the RG3-Shanny drama is Jim Haslett who has been awful coaching a defense that is ranked 29th in YPG and 31st in PPG.

rocknitout
rocknitout

@sunalsorises Yeah, and after only a year and a half in the league. What a prima-donna. 

I noticed the other day in a Subway commercial, he is referred to as an 'elite' QB. That was taped before the season I'm sure. So after his rookie year, one in which he didn't complete the whole season, he thinks he's an elite QB. By contrast, Andrew Luck refrained from doing commercials until after his rookie year, and you still don't see him all over the TV hawking this and that, calling himself elite.

I'm glad my Colts made the right pick. RG3 clearly is talented, not taking that away from him. But it's interesting observing him act like he's an elite, seasoned team leader with years of winning under his belt as credibility, when he hasn't come close to earning that cred. I would have rather seen him keep his mouth shut more when he came into the league and earn his strips on the field.

destrusdominate
destrusdominate

@otherworld Shanahan has won superbowls. What has RG3 won? Nothing!!! But of course your right, you Washington fans are already ALL-IN on your bust RG3, trading away your future for the next Vince Young. And yes I said Vince Young, nothing racist there, just truth!

Steve130
Steve130

@David15 @destrusdominate  

You miss the point when you compare these QB's. However high their ceilings may be, and nothing is a sure thing, Luck, Kaep  are not fragile like RG3, that is the limiting factor with him.