Robert Griffin III was a major focal point in the removal of Mike Shanahan as head coach of the Washington Redskins. Apparently, the quarterback could now be part of the process of bringing in a new coach.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, backup quarterback Kirk Cousins feels that Griffin will have input in the coaching hunt:
Interesting comment from QB Kirk Cousins: "I'm sure Mr. Snyder and Robert and those people will have a lot of input as to who the hire is."— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 4, 2014
Per Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, the Redskins are denying this claim:
Team spokesman Tony Wyllie points out via email, in response to our item containing quotes Cousins apparently gave to ESPN, that G.M. Bruce Allen has said that Griffin won’t be involved in the process.
Redskins owner Dan Snyder is obviously fond of the second-year quarterback and believes he can be a big part of the team's future after he was drafted with the second-overall pick in 2012.
However, this relationship led to Mike Shanahan almost resigning as head coach after a playoff game last season, according to a source who spoke to Dan Graziano of ESPN on the condition of anonymity:
The source said Shanahan had grown tired of the way Snyder empowered Griffin and openly esteemed him above all other players. Shanahan didn't blame Griffin but did blame Snyder for creating an atmosphere that Shanahan did not believe was conducive to winning. Shanahan privately told people close to him that he felt Snyder's behavior with regard to Griffin was a "complete farce."
If RG3 were to have input on the next head coach, it could end up continuing the power struggle between a quarterback and his superiors.
Of course, allowing a quarterback to play a role in a coaching search is not a new idea. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reported that Matthew Stafford sat in on interviews for the Detroit Lions head coaching job this week.
Still, Griffin only just finished his second year in the NFL and took huge steps backward after winning Rookie of the Year in 2012. This season, he finished with a 3-10 record as a starter and a quarterback rating of only 40.1.
John Middlekauff of CSN Bay Area pointed out the problems in the organization:
I don't blame Snyder for talking to RG3 about the coach, he mortgaged his franchise on him. It's just not healthy business IMO— John Middlekauff (@JohnMiddlekauff) January 4, 2014
Washington will certainly hope that a new coach can help bring out the best in the young player.
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