Robert Griffin III has moved on from the Washington Redskins and it certainly looks like it could have been for the better. There were stories that he was hard to work with in the locker room and that he was not well-liked on the field.
There is now even more evidence that Griffin was not a great team player and it started with owner Dan Snyder. Former head coach Mike Shanahan recently spoke with reporters and said that he believes the pair worked together to change the way he ran the offense.
Shanahan recollected a 2013 meeting that involved him, Griffin, his son and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur where the former Rookie of the Year claimed there were a number of plays he would not run anymore due to him wanting to be treated like a pocket passer instead of a scrambler.
“When Robert is standing there going through all of that, I know it’s coming from Dan,” Shanahan said. “When Robert talked about ‘unacceptable,’ that was a word Dan used all the time. He was using phrases Dan used all the time. There’s only one way a guy who’s going into his second year would do something like this: If he sat down with the owner and the owner believed that this is the way he should be used. He had to have the full support of the owner and, in my opinion, the general manager to even have a conversation like that. He just had the best year for a rookie QB in the history of the game. You got selected to the Pro Bowl. We went to the playoffs.”
Shanahan said in the report that the Redskins had tried to teach Robert Griffin to slide and to throw the ball away, but he just would not do it. He also said that he confronted Snyder, who had no comment for the report.
“I said to Dan, ‘Do you realize what you’re doing to this kid?’” Shanahan said.
What is even more odd is the fact that Shanahan was fired from his position as head coach just 11 months after the February meeting. I guess this just goes to show that it is ultimately the man that signs the checks’s decision on what happens with the team.
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