Bruce Allen says there’s no conflict between RG3 and Shanahan

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Quarterback Robert Griffin III and coach Mike Shanahan disagree on whether Griffin will play in the preseason.  That has prompted speculation regarding a possible disconnect between the two men.

G.M. Bruce Allen says (perhaps predictably) that’s not the case.

I don’t see a controversy at all,” Allen said Friday, via the Associated Press.  “I know somehow Billy [Kilmer] and Sonny [Jurgensen] are laughing that we created a quarterback controversy with Robert Griffin.  But we have a very competitive player who’s dying to play football and we have a very experienced coach who’s doing the right thing.”

Perhaps there isn’t a controversy, but if one ever arises, it’ll be easy to pick the winner.  It will be Griffin.  Mike Wise of the Washington Post recently explained that Griffin holds the keys to Shanahan’s future, and Wise is right.  Right or wrong, Griffin quickly has become the face of a franchise that hadn’t had a franchise quarterback in decades.  He’s the most powerful guy on the team, and if he ever chooses to use that power against Shanahan, the outcome will be no different than when Magic Johnson got Paul Westhead fired more than 30 years.

For now, the situation possibly has delayed the extension of Shanahan’s contract.  He’s entering the fourth year of a five-season deal.  Allen downplayed the lack of an extension for Shanahan.  “This isn’t the time that we’d be talking about the head coach or any of that stuff,” Allen said.  “Mike is really focused on this season.”

He also needs to be focused on ensuring that RGIII doesn’t come to the same conclusion about Mike that Magic Johnson once did about Paul Westhead.

46 responses to “Bruce Allen says there’s no conflict between RG3 and Shanahan

  1. What a reach to try to manufacture a controversy where one doesn’t exist. The coach is starting the fourth year of a five-year contract and you’re wondering why he hasn’t gotten an extension yet? Magic Johnson got a coach fired 30 years ago, so look out? The player wants to play in the preseason and the coach isn’t playing him because he’s being cautious. If he doesn’t play him in Week 1, then maybe you can say there’s a controversy.

  2. It’s in Robert’s best interest to deep six Shanahan & Son and consolidate the power. It’s in the team’s best interest to see that one player doesn’t have that much power.

  3. “Griffin holds the keys to Shanahan’s future”

    Ouch, that really sucks for Shanahan. Griffin has no future in the NFL unless the R-Words give a janitorial position after he leads the team to 1-15 this year. The only win being in week 17 when the Giants rest their starters. So glad I was born in Baltimore and not decrepitude Landover!

  4. If there IS some sort of conflict, RG3 needs to grow and listen to Shanahan, the guy won back to back super bowls and has been to the playoffs many times… Not to mention, he had Jake Plummer as a QB back in 2005 and went 13-3 all the way to the AFC Championship game… I’m pretty sure Shanahan knows what he’s doing…

  5. What a drama queen pain in the butt the guy already is. Sure it’s mostly the medias fault due to certain “social” reasons, but really what coach would want to deal with this crap? Rather have Dalton.

  6. This is why players and coaches are rarely candid with the media, and usually answer questions with pre-determined talking points. Because when you answer a question truthfully, the media can create a controversy over it.

    RG3 could have given the standard coach/player speak response and said a whole lot of nothing. But by being truthful, the media is using his honestly against him, and making something out of nothing.

    Any logically thinking person can read between the lines here and see what’s going on. The competitor in RG3 wants to play right now, but Shanahan can’t afford to let him. That’s the beginning and the end of it.

    I’m sure there’s coaches and QB’s disagreeing over a number of things on many teams during this preseason. But it doesn’t mean there’s dissention, it’s just the natural order of things.

  7. n0hopeleft says: Aug 16, 2013 4:03 PM
    This team is falling apart.
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    LOL… yeep. Hater must be a Cowboy, Eagle or Giant fan. Hahahaha, HTTR! Love the hate, it means the Skins are good if haters talk about them.

  8. RGIII a janitor, out of the league, needs a wheelchair. Blah, blah, blah… You guys just sound silly and moronic.

  9. ravanator says: Aug 16, 2013 3:57 PM

    “Griffin holds the keys to Shanahan’s future”

    Ouch, that really sucks for Shanahan. Griffin has no future in the NFL unless the R-Words give a janitorial position after he leads the team to 1-15 this year. The only win being in week 17 when the Giants rest their starters. So glad I was born in Baltimore and not decrepitude Landover!
    _____________________________

    You might be the only person that ever lived that uttered the words, “So glad I was born in Baltimore.”

    You are really amusing the rest of us with your determined attempts to convince yourself that your team is not a joke. Hint, when you are signing 13 year vets off the scrap pile, your team is desperate.

  10. The funniest part of this: “Mike Wise is right.”

    If you spend much time reading sports reporters as a Redskins fan, you learn pretty quickly whose opinions are utterly useless. Mike Wise and Wilbon are at the top of the list.

    Never mind John Keim and Les Carpenter and the several other media guys who actually get it. Even Prisco (who is apparently contractually obligated to never write a positive piece on the Redskins) gets it!

    There. Is. No. Friction.

    There’s a good, honest guy who wants to play and says so.
    There’s a coach who is sitting him til things actually count.

    Every “friction” piece written regarding the knee issue and this trumped-up soap opera has been 110% pure media creation.

  11. RGIII – “I want to play!”

    Shanahan – “Nah…not til the regular season.”

    Media – “HUGE INTERNAL CONFLICT in the Redskins’ camp!!!”

  12. @defscottyb says: Aug 16, 2013 4:18 PM
    LOL… yeep. Hater must be a Cowboy, Eagle or Giant fan. Hahahaha, HTTR! Love the hate, it means the Skins are good if haters talk about them.

    LOL yeahhhhhh it means the skins are so good! Or because we don’t drink the Washington Kool-Aid we are realistic about what to expect from this team 😉 keep on calling everybody with a different opinion then yours “haters” it just makes the stain of red Washington Kool-Aid on your lips that much more noticeable.

  13. I don’t really blame PFT for all of ridiculous talk on this topic, as they are reporting nationally what local reporters have written. But the people that are even asking questions about a conflict b/t RGIII and Shanahan are really reaching. I don’t read much about the Redskins, but if I did, I would rather read about how the 3rd TE battle is playing out, rather than something completely fabricated.

  14. By openly addressing the situation and stating there is no conflict, that tells me there definitely is conflict between Shanahan and Griffin. I think Shanahan should talk to coach John Harbaugh and try to learn how to run a successful locker room. Also, Griffin=Tebow, one decent year and done. R-Words are quickly turning into the most watched circus in the NFL.

  15. Once again, the media (perhaps predictably) tries to drum up something where there is nothing.

  16. Did you seriously just speculate that this imagined rift is actually delaying Shanahan’s contract being extended?

    Because if you did you ought to be ashamed.

  17. As long as they beat the Cowboys, it’s all good…. And they can do that with Kirk Cousins

  18. By openly addressing the situation and stating there is no conflict, that tells me there definitely is conflict between Shanahan and Griffin. I think Shanahan should talk to coach John Harbaugh and try to learn how to run a successful locker room. Also, Griffin=Tebow, one decent year and done. R-Words are quickly turning into the most watched circus in the NFL.
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    Ask Harbaugh how to handle a locker room? Seriously? I can give you that answer. Get rid of any player that disagrees with you. See last years safeties for a perfect example. Pollard and Reed were not brought back because they disagreed with Harbaugh about practice. If I were a Raven fan, besides wanting to jump off of a bridge, because…well, I would have to be a Raven fan, I would be pretty concerned about that defense you will have to trot out there on opening day. That, and your “Franchise” qb. The same guy that after Kirk Cousins beat you last season, you all wanted to cut that day and trade for Cousins. Now, you are stuck with him. Have fun with that.

  19. Ok, no other QB and coach on any other team disagree on anything…at all.

    On all other teams, all of the QBs and coaches agree 100% of the time and never disagree.

    Obviously the Redskins are “falling apart.”

  20. there is conflict, cause IRG3 thinks hes above everybody else, the media and lowly skins fans has raised him as Gods gift to football, in which he is not!! fail miserably mr IRG3

  21. PFT, Please leave our team alone. First it was our team nickname, now our coach and Qb. There is NO issues between Mike and Robert and we are NEVER changing our name. Step OFF !!!

  22. Wonder how redskins fans will feel 2 years from now when RG3 is out of the league or on another team? Dude would not last 2 qtrs in the NFC west…

    #wastedalotofpicks
    #sexting
    #tellhisdadtoshuttheheckup
    #CousinsisthefutureQB
    #HGHtohelpheelknee

  23. The only problem in DC is the media creating something out of nothing, ala Tony Romo. Media says he had “back surgery” when all he had was a cyst removed. If the Redskins are smart and ill never claim they are they should punish the media and these crap stories by identifying who is writing these things and limiting or revoking access to the team. What they are forced to give, they should deliver in a forced monotone voice, void of any information, ie. Bill Belachik.

  24. I think this story is good except for the last sentence.

    Why does this reporter imply that Mike Shannahan could possibly be as mediocre as Paul Westhead? Seems a ridiculous comparison right away.

    I just didn’t need that part of it…

  25. s0merand0mguy says: Aug 16, 2013 5:09 PM

    @defscottyb says: Aug 16, 2013 4:18 PM
    LOL… yeep. Hater must be a Cowboy, Eagle or Giant fan. Hahahaha, HTTR! Love the hate, it means the Skins are good if haters talk about them.

    LOL yeahhhhhh it means the skins are so good! Or because we don’t drink the Washington Kool-Aid we are realistic about what to expect from this team 😉 keep on calling everybody with a different opinion then yours “haters” it just makes the stain of red Washington Kool-Aid on your lips that much more noticeable.
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    Why does everybody always say Kool-Aid… it was Grape Flavor-Aid, get it right haha. Go Skins!

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