As the Redskins continue to reel from a stream of reports regarding dysfunction in the organization, questions persist regarding the source(s) of the stories.
Veteran receiver Santana Moss strongly believes that the leaks aren’t coming from the locker room.
“We’ve talked about it as a team, and since Coach Shanahan’s been here, we haven’t had that problem, so I don’t understand this year why there’s a problem with people getting our information that we hadn’t had a problem with,” Moss told LaVar Arrington and Chad Dukes of 106.7 The Fan in D.C. “I remember before we had a lot of those guys, and I don’t think we have a lot of those guys on the team no more. We clearly don’t have a lot of those old players on the team anymore, so it. . . .”
“So it’s not players then,” Arrington said.
“I don’t know where it’s coming from,” Moss said. “It can’t be players.”
“So it’s coaches,” Lavar asked. “I mean I’m not putting words in your mouth, but I’m saying, I’m taking and owning that, that it’s gotta be coaches because [Shanahan’s] job is on the line this year. It didn’t happen last year because his job wasn’t on the line last year. It didn’t happen the year before that because his job wasn’t on the line.”
“To be honest with you, this is the ultimate highest that I can rank anything, because I’ve never been a part of anything to the point that, you know, you just see it ripping away,” Moss said earlier in the segment regarding the current environment within the team. “Every moment you get, it’s more, it’s more, you know like, you’re able to deal with so much as a player, especially when it’s not containing you. So you kind brush a lot of things away but, when it’s like okay, I brushed that away, now you’re bringing back more.”
The things Arrington said, and the things Moss didn’t say, mesh with the widespread belief in league circles that the latest, and most jarring, report was leaked to ESPN by coach Mike Shanahan or someone close to him. And that has set the stage for the sudden game of chicken between Shanahan and owner Daniel Snyder, with Shanahan apparently wanting to be fired so that he can collect $7 million for 2014 and Snyder wanting Shanahan to quit so that the team will owe Shanahan nothing.