Snyder, Shanahan playing high-stakes game of chicken

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Why does Mike Shanahan still have a job?  There are seven millions reasons for it.

Shanahan and owner Daniel Snyder currently are engaged in a high-stakes game of chicken regarding whether Shanahan will leave with or without a buyout of the final year of Shanahan’s contract.  Shanahan apparently wants to be fired, so that he’ll be paid.  Snyder surely hopes Shanahan will finish what he reportedly started in January, walking away and getting nothing.

The next tangible development will come when Shanahan decides whether to shut down quarterback Robert Griffin III for the rest of the season.  If Shanahan does, and then if Snyder overrules the coach, Shanahan arguably would have enough ammunition to claim that his contract has been violated.  Which possibly would allow Shanahan to walk away while also getting paid.

Thus, if Shanahan makes good on his suggestion that Griffin will be shut down in order to ensure that Griffin will be healthy throughout the offseason program and training camp (when there’s undoubtedly a new coach), Snyder will have to decide whether to do nothing as his alleged BFF sweats out whether Kirk Cousins plays well enough in the final three games to cause a schism in the fan base over whether Cousins or Griffin should be the starter in 2014.

The best outcome for both sides would be to find a middle ground that allows Shanahan to make, for example, half of the money and move on.  That outcome could be far easier said than done, given that both Shanahan and Snyder got to where they are in large part because they are stubborn and strong willed.

Whether Shanahan is sufficiently strong willed to shut Griffin down with a straight face is something we’ll learn soon enough.

65 responses to “Snyder, Shanahan playing high-stakes game of chicken

  1. I think starting Cousins makes sense from a value determination standpoint. This teams needs help, if Cousins looks good say above backup QB value then he has trade value. Find out, and if he’s good, trade him for something, a 2nd round pick, an OL.

  2. This is a classic case of the EBR being out of balance. EBR – Ego-toBrain-Power ratio.

    When the ego dominates common sense, trouble ensues. Happens all the time (in my house too).

  3. Shanahan and Snyder are both displaying why no fan should want either of them associated wit their favorite team. Both are more concerned about their ego and bank account than anything else.

  4. It’s a strange world where a coach who has a losing record over the last 15 years was viewed as a prize who commanded 7 mill/yr.

    He must have a good PR person because Snyder was the only one who thought hiring this sorry coach was the answer to anything.

  5. RG3 is a drama queen and will end up ad VY2 if he doesn’t get his act together. Playing for that idiot Snyder won’t help

  6. With an owner like Snyder it doesn’t matter what coach you bring in, you won’t find success in today’s NFL Owners like this (Snyder, Jones, formerly Al Davis) let their ego and desire to get credit for building a dynasty get in the way of others doing their job.

  7. One decent year and this team implodes. It’s not just the qb. It’s not just the manager. It’s not just the owner. This franchise has gone bad, like leftover veggies. Rotten to the core.

  8. A 2nd year QB in the midst of a 3 win 10 loss season should be benched. When the QB looks as bad as Griffin does, the only question that remains is why has it taken so long to bench him in the first place? In fact, Griffen is closer to being waiver wire material than he is a starting caliber QB right now.

  9. My question is: Why would Houston want him? He’s proved nothing with Washington that he is still a good or even competent coach. Unless, as many people believe, Vince Lombardi or Bill Parcells would fail with Snyder as the owner.

  10. I presume that MS has control of his coaching staff. Otherwise Snyder should fire Kyle just to piss off Mike.

  11. the tools that keep suggesting that COUSINS may possibly take the starting job from RG3 in the long term obviously shouldn’t be reporting about football anymore. you don’t give up 3 years worth of 1st round draft picks, and then draft a franchise qb, only to bench him after 2 years because the REDSKINS regressed as a whole. is GRIFFIN having a great year, no. has anyone seen the defense play this year ?? they’re arguably the worst unit in the league.

    go check out RG3’s numbers this year. they aren’t exactly terrible. he’s thrown for more yards than LUCK, WILSON, and KAEPRNICK, he’s still completed 60% of his passes, and while his int’s are up, he’s till only thrown 12, or in other words, 8 less than ELI MANNING.

    it’s great how RG3 is receiving all the blame for everything wrong in WASHINGTON. I guess it was his fault that they allowed 45 points to KC. I didn’t realize he played defense and special teams too. unreal !!!!

  12. The circus rolls on. It’s exhausting rooting for such a pathetic excuse of an organization.

    #Redskinsfanshatetheirlives

  13. My question is at what point will Shanahan done enough that he can be fired with cause, meaning that he doesn’t get paid.

    Right now, he is holding the fans hostage, not Snyder.

  14. This kind of greed is beyond disgusting and makes me want to find entertainment other than football.

    Shanarat’s already made what, 50-60 mil+ in his career and now he wants an extra 7mil fo doing nothing.

    I hop no pro team hires either Shanny after this debacle is over and they’re no longer with the Washington team.

  15. If he plays Cousins, you’ll then see the short passing game return-the dinks and dunks, the screen game, slant routes, timing patterns which have been non-existent all season….Then you’ll know it’s been Kyle’s relationship with RG3 that’s been the issue all along. He’s done to RG3 what he did to John Beck a few years ago, deliberately calling plays to sink a QB he doesn’t want.
    Call me nuts, but if it happens, then you’ll know

  16. What’s $7MM to a billionaire? Fire the guy and move on instead of making a soap opera out of the situation.

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    Ego, because who needs foresight on how much damage this could do to your franchise right?

  17. This is an absolute dumpster fire. Snyder needs to make a decision and move on from this. The longer it goes on, the worse it will be.

  18. eagleswin says:
    Dec 10, 2013 9:24 AM
    It’s a strange world where a coach who has a losing record over the last 15 years was viewed as a prize who commanded 7 mill/yr.

    He must have a good PR person because Snyder was the only one who thought hiring this sorry coach was the answer to anything.
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    As I remember it nobody wanted the job. Snyder was turned down and Shanahan took the shiny bait.
    Nobody wants to work for Snyder. Snyder is the one who needs the PR person.

  19. “Years from now children will sing about the time the rat played chicken with the mole.”

    thegreatgabbert – THAT IS PRICELESS and I’m stealing it! Brilliant work…..well played sir.

  20. That anyone is trying to make any of this Snyder’s fault is laughable. This is a Shanahan problem and hopefully his overrated career is over after his exit from DC. I just hope his dry personality keeps him off of TV so I don’t have to hear him drone on about how much of a genius he is. Brian Billick is employed, so we’re not safe yet.

  21. I Love how everybody claims that Kirk Cousins is soo much better than Griffin,The Reality is Griffin,Cousins or even Payton Manning would get killed behind that god awful Offensive line!!!!

    Not sure why all of these so called experts cannot see that this offensive line has more holes in it than a flour sifter!!!!

  22. If Shanahan is doing this because he wants to go coach somewhere else, he may digging his own grave. If he benches RGIII to try to get Snyder to fire him (instead of what’s good for the team) then what team would want a coach who is that self-serving? I’m guessing NONE.

  23. It’s funny how the thought of benching RG3 is preposterous. The dude is 3-10, he stinks. Cousins might provide a spark.

  24. Looks like the Redskins have taken a page out of the Miami Dolphins How-Not-To manual.

    This mind-numbing, dysfunctional lunacy has been going on in Miami pretty much since the day Jimmy Johnson was hired as head coach and it’s still going on. Snyder has created a similar environment.

  25. .

    Isn’t this whole drama more about protecting the long term coaching viability of Kyle Shanahan, rather than the “twilight of his career” Mike Shanahan?

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  26. Cousins established his trade value last year. Putting him in now on a bad team with nothing to play for after riding pine for the past 3 months is not going to help with that. Threatening to play him now is exactly what it looks like. What shame for the fans. You deserve better than this.

  27. I predict it’s going to take a minimum of $10 mil/yr to get any coach with credibility and a reputation to come to this hell hole.

    And the endless cycle will continue.

  28. The one thing I have not seen conjectured upon…conspiracy theory, lol…suppose that this story was leaked by RGIII? Trying to get rid of a coaching staff that he does not like?To me, it appears that he has an ego problem. Does it carry into the locker room? Has the offensive line quit on him because of his actions/words/attitude? If he is in fact the bff to the owner, do they see him as a brown noser? Could explain why the team is so down. No one likes a kiss-a$$. Just tossing out a theory. Let the td’s start

  29. Kyle wanted RG3 to be the guy he was last year, the Read-Option guy…After the injury, RG3 decided he wants to become a drop-back passer like Brady, Manning, Brees, etc. Therein lies the rub.

    Kyle is play-calling insisting that RG3 follow orders and execute the plays called, and RG3 simply says “Ok, if you want to see me run out of bounds or slide all day, cause I’m not taking the hits!!”

    This is why all season there’s been no timing routes, screens, quick plays to get rid of the ball-Kyle won’t call them, he’s doing it to teach RG3 who’s in charge. Griffin isn’t going along with it, which is why against the Giants he kept looking scared of contact- he isn’t scared, he’s refusing to do what Kyle wants him to. The battle between these two is what’s really going on. If Cousins plays, you’ll see dramatic changes in the play calling immediately.

  30. If Shanahan is doing this because he wants to go coach somewhere else, he may digging his own grave. If he benches RGIII to try to get Snyder to fire him (instead of what’s good for the team) then what team would want a coach who is that self-serving? I’m guessing NONE.

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    That’s the funny part. Unless Shanahan’s planning to call it quits and just wants his last paycheck, there are no winners in this debacle.

  31. blackqbwhiterb, RG3 actually looked very good vs. the Giants. i cant answer what the deal is, but i do agree with you that Kyle Shanahan isnt doing RG3 any favors with the play calling. IF they do the stupid thing and start Cousins, then i bet that we see bootlegs and short passes and then a long pass after a few dinks and dunks. why couldnt Kyle do that with RG3?? he has those skills to do that and that’s my issue with Kyle’s playcalling…..as for Mike Shanahan, this LOOKS like a way for Mike to say to Dan, yeah, fire me and that’s a BAD way for a coach to go out. if you want to leave the team, go out fighting and showing your next employer that you arent a jerk or quitter, but replacing the starter with the backup shows that he’s trying to get fired.

  32. “…Snyder will have to decide whether to do nothing as his alleged BFF sweats out whether Kirk Cousins plays well enough in the final three games to cause a schism in the fan base over whether Cousins or Griffin should be the starter in 2014.”
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    I don’t really know what a “schism” is but I’m pretty sure it’s already there in the fan base… of which, I’m sorry to say, I am part of.
    PS – As I write this I’m cutting out the eye-holes in a paper bag.

  33. As bad as it’s been as a Steeler fan this year, thank God our organization doesn’t have the dysfunction that Washington does. My goodness!

    Just FIRE HIM Dan. You’re worth BILLIONS. Swallow your pride, admit you ****** up by hiring him and letting him hire his SON as the OC, and blow it up. Otherwise, just sell the team.

    Allowing this to continue on is a disservice to everyone.

    But it is kinda funny…no one is talking about the Redskins name now. Maybe this is by design by Daniel Snyder and we’re all just falling for it!

  34. It’s so funny to me how RG3 went from Mr America to Mr Diva with this fan base. The reason we suck is because out fan base is fickle. We turn on players the INSTANT there is adversity. We say we want out leaders to be tough. Funny hoe his first ever presser he said “I hope the fans stick with me through the good and the bad”. Bandwagon was mighty full for the good but at the first sign of bad we wanna ditch him. He had a horrible season. So what? It’s 1 year and coming off injury. Give him time to worn the kinks and next year a lot of people will be looking like clowns. This media has made people way too reactionary.

  35. Would Shanahan bench Griffin just to spite the owner? He’s not that petty is he?

    Two Step Solution all Redskins Fans Want to see:

    1. FIRE the coach.

    2. SELL THE TEAM.

  36. The real million dollar question is who is the next dummy to think they can make it work with Dan Snyder as owner? My guess it will be another guy looking to get paid more than win.

    In Shanahan’s case, he wanted his money and to give his boy some credibility as a NFL coach. Watching the pathetic play calling this year, I’d think old Kyle’s reputation has probably taken a giant step backwards. No one is going to hire him to help develop a young QB, that is for certain.

  37. dg0122 says:
    Dec 10, 2013 9:31 AM
    RG3 is a drama queen and will end up ad VY2 if he doesn’t get his act together. Playing for that idiot Snyder won’t help
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    How does this have anything to do with Griffin? He may be at the enter of the possible/likely conflict here, but blaming him for the situation is kind of like blaming Poland for World War 2

  38. Why does Mike Shanahan still have a job? There are seven millions reasons for it.
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    Shanahan still has a job because he is a good coach and he has been working with 36 million less in salary cap space the last 2 years. Next year the Skins will have all that money to spend on good players. One more year left on his contract to make the playoffs or he is done. Bringing in a new head coach and new staff will set the Skins back years. Doesn’t make any sense to now.

  39. In an unreleased interview New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan wants to thank Dan Synder and Mike Shanahan of the Washington Redskins also Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys for deflecting media attention away from him this year.
    Ryan went on to say he was concerned considering the boneheaded performance of his star QB Geno Smith but really appreciated how those two organizations stepped forward to show the world how two dysfunctional football teams should really be ran.

  40. To eagleswin, your comment is not accurate. Mike Shanahan does not have a losing record over the last 15 years. It`s; 170 wins/135 losses with 2 Super Bowl wins(97/98), 2 Conf. Championships, and 5 Division titles. Since Daniel Snyder took over ownership of the Redskins he`s run off successful coaches like; Norv Turner, Marty Schottenheimer, Joe Gibbs, and now Shanahan. I`d have to say it`s Snyder who`s the problem with the Redskins not winning!

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