Redskins coach Mike Shanahan cut his press conference short after Sunday’s loss to the Falcons, but he stuck around during his Monday meeting with reporters.
Shanahan was asked about media leaks before cutting off Sunday’s session and was asked about them on Monday in terms of the slew of reports on Sunday about his future with the organization and his son and offensive coordinator Kyle’s reported desire to work for a different boss in the future. Shanahan said he can “guess” where the leaks come from, but said that things come out with three-win teams.
In terms of his son, Shanahan said that he treats him the same as other coordinators on his staff and didn’t delve into specifics of the report. He also confirmed that he has no plans to resign from his job.
“I’ll get a chance to sit down with Dan at the end of the season,” Shanahan said. “I’ll give him my opinion on the direction I think the franchise could go. He’s going to give me his idea what he wants to do, he’s the owner of the football team. But all we can do at the end of the season is communicate and I think we have that kind of relationship where we can be honest with each other.”
Shanahan also fielded a round of questions about Kirk Cousins’ performance as the starter and he stressed his belief in having “true competition” at every position because it was the best motivator. That competition only goes so far, though. Shanahan also said that Robert Griffin III is “clearly” the team’s starting quarterback and that no one should get “carried away” by Cousins’ 381 passing yards and three touchdowns on Sunday.
Shanahan may not be the one making quarterback decisions in Washington next season, so any discussion on that front is premature at this point. That would be true even if Shanahan wasn’t less than a week removed from telling us that he rarely tells the truth in press conferences.