While Redskins coach Mike Shanahan decides whether he wants to do the equivalent of dragging a World Series trophy around the parking lot by the bumper of his car, the equivalent of Big Stein isn’t going to meddle.
According to Mark Maske of the Washington Post, Redskins owner Daniel Snyder “won’t intervene in the Redskins’ pending quarterback decision.”
In short, if Shanahan wants to create a minor mutiny by benching Robert Griffin III in the guise of a safety decision now (as opposed to, say, earlier in last year’s Seahawks playoff game), Snyder is going to let him.
“He won’t step in and interfere with that,” a source close to Snyder told Maske. “He’s not going to step into a personnel decision that way.”
Shanahan suggested that he might turn to Kirk Cousins because all of the sacks Griffin was taking lately, but if you were going to hold him back for his own well-being, it seems September might have been a more logical time.
But Shanahan said he’d decide by Wednesday, and that if he went with Cousins, he’d be shutting Griffin down for the rest of the season.
It’s not hard to decode that one as an attempt to rile Snyder into firing him.
But Snyder’s apparently willing to call his bluff.