Mike Shanahan deflects questions about future
(WJLA) - A day after the Washington Redskins dropped to 3-10 with an embarrassing 45-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, head coach Mike Shanahan deflected questions about his future and rumors that he wanted to leave the team after last season.
Shanahan repeatedly told members of the media on Monday that he was focused on this Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons and declined to answer questions about his relationship with owner Daniel Snyder and quarterback Robert Griffin III.
An ESPN report that came out shortly before kickoff Sunday indicated that Shanahan was ready to leave the franchise after the 2012 season over his frustration on how Snyder treated Griffin.
The Redskins fifth-year head coach repeatedly declined to comment on that story and on reports that he even cleaned out his office before Washington's playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
"There's going to be a lot of noise," Shanahan said. "I have one mindset, and that's focusing on Atlanta. (The team) knows they're going to get my best shot over the next three games. I hope I get their best shot over the next three games."
A year after going 10-6 and winning the NFC East title, Wasington sits at 3-10 and the bottom of the division which they reigned just a season ago. Many of the struggles have centered around Griffin's performance this season, and Shanahan declined to reveal who would start this coming Sunday.
RG3, the league's 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year, has looked like a shadow of himself in his sophomore season and has shouldered heavy criticism for the team's struggles. Shanahan said that he would decide whether Griffin or Kirk Cousins would start against Atlanta by Wednesday.
He added that if Griffin didn't start on Sunday, he wouldn't start again for the rest of the season.
In the meantime, as the scrutiny of Shanahan continues, he says his main focus continues to be winning football games. He scoffed at the portion of the ESPN report that said he had cleaned out his office over his purported spat with Snyder.
"I have two notebooks and an iPad," Shanahan said. "That would get me out of my office. I just shake my head at those reports."
And what about next season? Shanahan is due a reported $7 million in the final year of his five-year contract.