Shanahan keeping quarterback decision secret, for now

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On Monday, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said he’d let the media know “in the next couple of days” whether quarterback Robert Griffin III will remain the starter for the rest of the season.

As of Tuesday night, Shanahan has said nothing.  To anyone.

Jeff Darlington of NFL Network reports that, as of 6:30 p.m. ET, Shanahan has not informed Griffin about his status for Sunday at Atlanta.

A league source confirms to PFT that the Redskins are holding the info close to the vest for now.

They can’t do it much longer.  Even if Shanahan decides to renege on his promise to reveal the decision “in the next couple of days,” word will emerge after practice on Wednesday, when Griffin or Kirk Cousins take the first-team reps.

Now that owner Daniel Snyder reportedly has called Shanahan’s bluff, the head coach has to decide whether he’ll go through with his potential plan, which would open Shanahan up to even more criticism regarding what appears to be a blatant effort to get fired and get paid for 2014.

And while on the surface Snyder can pretend he doesn’t care if Griffin doesn’t play in three meaningless games, a strong showing by Cousins down the stretch could create an unwanted quarterback controversy among fans who possibly have begun the process of falling out of love with RGIII.

65 responses to “Shanahan keeping quarterback decision secret, for now

  1. I never question Mike Shanahan. He’s the best motivator and tactical mind in the business. In other words, the ultimate Headcoach. If he wants to sit Robert, it’s fine. We need Robert for our Superbowl run next year, not the remainder of the meaningless season. #HTTR

  2. Children are running this organization right now. Oh, well. At least I saw three Super Bowl championships in my lifetime. Many can’t say they’ve even seen three playoff wins. This franchise’s best days are behind it.

  3. Shanahan keeping quarterback decision secret, for now

    Does he think not stating who will start will help them win?
    A bit late for that.

  4. Shanahan can bench the kid and make him miserable for the way he’s behaved because he can, unless he gets fired. He gets fired and everyone knows the head coach answers to a kid in his early 20’s.

    Black Monday casualty. Kirk Cousins will shred the ATL secondary this weekend.

  5. If the game against the Chiefs had no fans left at games end, did it happen?

    #joinchipkellys11headedoffensivemonstermachinetour2013

  6. What is baffling, is RG3 is a premier talent, he is a narcissist for sure. That being said , it is obvious that his knee injury is a bigger deal than originally thought. The team is wreck on top of RG’s issues. Sitting him for the season is a good thing. Let him fully heal and get dialed in for next year. Show off what Cousins can do, worst case, cousins plays extremely well, and honey trade him in the offseason for a 1st or 2nd rounder,. Allowing them to add a piece to their much needed weak defense
    As a Viking fan, I would be happy with that plan

  7. If Shanahan benches Griffin, he can forget getting another head coaching job any time soon, as far as I’m concerned. All he would be doing is showing how small, petty, and vindictive he can be. He’s like a little child “showing out” in public.

  8. The game has passed Shanahan by. HIs son is just riding the coattails of a Super Bowl from 20 plus years ago. He wont make a decision because he doesnt know what to do. He wants to be fired and collect his money for his last year. I say keep him as the over priced water boy he is. Not a Redskin hater, he just needs to go.

  9. Shhhhh it’s suppose to be a secret!!!
    The Redskins are out,
    The Steelers are out,
    The Falcons and the Cowboys are out!

    It’s beginning to look a lot like, Christmas!
    Allll over the NFL,
    When you have steelers fans going home,
    and there’s no one in the Georgia Dome,
    The Skins, the Bucs, the Cowboys will be all aloooone!!!

  10. Logical voices is the biggest idiot out of anyone who post anything on this site. He’s just a dumb redskin fan that can’t take the fact his team is pathetic and dysfunctional. Mike Shanahan is gonna get fired and there gonna hire someone that wants RG3 like art briles and them he’s gonna call him a genius

  11. Gordon says: Dec 10, 2013 7:30 PM

    Remember when there was an actual debate about who was better…RG3 or Luck? That was pretty funny.
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    I agree. Robert has beaten him in every award head to head and I’m confident he’ll have at least three more Superbowls than him at the end of their careers. RGIII is going to shred the NFL to pieces when he gets a line and a WR to compliment Garcon. #Youhearditherefirst

  12. If it’s designed to be an attitude adjustment, then bench him. But don’t pretend it’s because of the injury. Because he’s over the hump in terms of that. He should have sat at the first of the season, when he clearly wasn’t ready to go. But the whole organization wanted to get rid of any blame for the injury, and starting him the first week was the only way to make that happen. Typical short-term thinking for a team that never gets over the hump.

  13. Stupid Vikings fan…..If you watch Griffin play You would know his knee is fine! The problem is a lack of blocking and an O-line that has more holes in it than a flour sifter!

  14. I’ll bet that it is in Shanahan’s contract that he has final say on personnel matters. I’ll bet there is also an out for the Redskins if his decisions are detrimental to the team. He has already passed that threshold. It is just a matter of degree now.

  15. logicalvoicesays says:
    Dec 10, 2013 7:37 PM
    Gordon says: Dec 10, 2013 7:30 PM

    Remember when there was an actual debate about who was better…RG3 or Luck? That was pretty funny.
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    I agree. Robert has beaten him in every award head to head and I’m confident he’ll have at least three more Superbowls than him at the end of their careers. RGIII is going to shred the NFL to pieces when he gets a line and a WR to compliment Garcon. #Youhearditherefirst

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    When you’re right, you’re right. RG3 is a fantastic individual player. He’d be great at golf, chess, checkers, Yahtzee. Football…not so much.

  16. “Fans” would stick by their Franchise QB who the management mortgaged the future on. Not a 4th rounder who plays just as bad with the teams horrible O-line and Defense.

  17. logicalvoicesays | Dec 10, 2013, 7:18 PM EST
    I never question Mike Shanahan. He’s the best motivator and tactical mind in the business. In other words, the ultimate Headcoach. If he wants to sit Robert, it’s fine. We need Robert for our Superbowl run next year, not the remainder of the meaningless season. #HTTR

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    That unicorn you ride to work, what kind of mileage are you getting?

  18. Unfortunately, I don’t think we’ll ever really know how good RG3 could have been.
    It used to be that you would get a good QB and then they would be backup for a year or more.
    Anymore it seems that they are expected to be a starter right out of college. Not sure that is the best way to go.
    Owners are trying to sell tickets and don’t seem to care whether the players have a long career or not.

  19. I don’t understand the shanny hate – he didn’t decide that rg3 would play week one – GATORADE did – he gets killed for playing rg3 on that crap field at FedEx then gets panned for not playing him the rest of this year when the team – hello – is going to finish last in the division – it’s comical to watch DC fans make excuses for rg3 (salary cap – well they weren’t the only team docked right?!?)

    Snyder should tell Shannon to quit on the condition that Kyle will b HC for the last yr of his contract and go from there

  20. I agree. Robert has beaten him in every award head to head and I’m confident he’ll have at least three more Superbowls than him at the end of their careers. RGIII is going to shred the NFL to pieces when he gets a line and a WR to compliment Garcon. #Youhearditherefirst
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    By “every award head to head” you must mean one NFL award, Rookie of the Year….which is irrelevant since it was a popularity contest anyways and Alfred Morris was robbed of it. #2 in the NFL in rushing and doesn’t win the award?

  21. 3 first round picks for a guy that cant throw the ball to an open receiver only to bench him for their fourth round pick. way to go skins.

    Brought to you by subway, where the “elite” robert griffin the third eats his meals while wearing under armor and drinking gatorade.

    he needs to give his OROTY award to its rightful owner, andrew luck. that is all.

  22. davereckon says:
    Dec 10, 2013 7:50 PM
    logicalvoicesays | Dec 10, 2013, 7:18 PM EST
    I never question Mike Shanahan. He’s the best motivator and tactical mind in the business. In other words, the ultimate Headcoach. If he wants to sit Robert, it’s fine. We need Robert for our Superbowl run next year, not the remainder of the meaningless season. #HTTR

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    That unicorn you ride to work, what kind of mileage are you getting?

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    Shhhh! He doesn’t realize that he’s riding on the horn…

  23. (1) The best time to stand up to Snyder was pre-season when Griffin was not healthy enough to start the season.

    (2) It could help Griffin to sit for a few games to gain a new perspective. He hasn’t been playing well and pressure is building. If Kirk performs well it will take the pressure off the team. If he doesn’t the Skins can get a higher draft pick. Clowney isn’t out of their reach.

  24. (2) It could help Griffin to sit for a few games to gain a new perspective. He hasn’t been playing well and pressure is building. If Kirk performs well it will take the pressure off the team. If he doesn’t the Skins can get a higher draft pick. Clowney isn’t out of their reach.
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    Well except for the fact their first pick goes to the Rams…

  25. I’m a redskins fan, born and bred, and there is no way that you’re gonna get me to believe that Kirk cousins is a better QB than RG3. It’s his second year, relax.

  26. Man I would hate to have this much negative publicity directed towards my team. This franchise presently has the worst mojo in all or pro sports right now. We are talkin’, trainwreck. Maybe part of it is because most Americans cant stand this government and we are talking about a team that resides in the heart of American political power. Call it a conspiracy theory if you will.

  27. Can’t wait for the Shanahan autobiography:

    How to be an awful coach yet keep a job in the NFL for decades!

    Chapter One: Make sure you have a hall of fame quarterback early in your career.

  28. Maybe some day RGFragileEgo will grow up and learn how to read an NFL defense in real time.

    Until then when you combine his inability to do so with the revolving door Oline the Washington team has, they’ll remain bottom feeders.

  29. I am tired of hearing it, “Shanny needed Elway to get a super bowl.” Has anyone thought it was the other way around? Elway could not have won a super bowl without Shanny!

  30. Sorry logicalvoicesays, Luck has way out performed Griffin. Griffin needs to get healthy and then learn to play for the NFL, everyone has figured out his college crap. Didn’t work for Tebow, won’t work for Griffin…though I give you Griffin is leagues above Tebow. As a Broncos fan I had to experience the atrocity firsthand.

  31. August 23, 2013:
    Mike Shanahan: Anything short of the Super Bowl is a failure !

    “We have a team that you’re going to be proud of,” Shanahan said. “They have set the expectations: anything short of a Super Bowl is a failure.”

    ************************************************

    LogicalVoice . . . I have 2 tix of the 50 yd line 4 sale.
    get em before they are gone.

    The FRIGGIN’ Redskins . . the hits just keep on commin’

  32. I don’t love RGIII anymore, but I still believe in him. I gotta admit, I was pretty smitten last year. Dude is having a bad year. Is it historically bad? No. I think with his work ethic, if we can upgrade pieces around him and get him a full off season. Who knows what can happen? That’s why I want Shan. to stay with the team. I don’t think there’s better options and it’ll be difficult to switch systems.

  33. If RG 69 can’t or doesn’t run Cousins is a better QB. If he does run his Career will be short lived . Never mind his Career will be short lived either way. Good QB don’t need there legs they hit there targets RG can’t , look at the best QB non of them Run Manning Brady Brees Big Ben running QBs don’t make it long in the NFL better luck next time Washington to many of you are holding on to what he did last year. The NfL adjusted to the RO and bam he was done

  34. The bigger surprise will be who (if anyone) will make a play on defense. Who starts at QB is hardly their biggest issue.

  35. Remember when there was an actual debate about who was better…RG3 or Luck? That was pretty funny.

    You must have selective memory because from what I recall RG3 was killin it last year while Luck was stinking up the joint.

  36. mackcarrington says:
    Dec 10, 2013 7:26 PM
    If Shanahan benches Griffin, he can forget getting another head coaching job any time soon, as far as I’m concerned. All he would be doing is showing how small, petty, and vindictive he can be. He’s like a little child “showing out” in public.

    You just described his entire tenure as Redskins HC.

  37. Sports fans finally see that Shanahan overall coaching career is more akin to his days with the Raiders, not the Broncos. He sucks.

  38. You just know Cousins is going to go off on Atlanta and when he gets knocked down the lineman will actually help him up. I wont be shocked if he runs the table. That is how crazy this situation has become.

  39. IF Cousins pulls a McGown… the last word belongs to Shanny, as he will have stirred up the fan base to call for dumping Bob, and starting Cousins in 2014.

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