”You always want to come back. I love these guys. What’ll happen at the end of the season, we’ll get a chance, Dan and I, to sit down and decide – he’ll make the final decision on what’s the best interest of the Washington Redskins. I’ll give my opinion and what I think, and obviously he’ll make the final decision.”
– Mike Shanahan, head coach, Washington Redskins
While some of YouWager’s NFL football wagering fans may be surprised that Mike Shanahan still has a job, the struggling head coach of the Redskins astounded the online betting community recently with the announcement that although he is very healthy, Shanahan may keep Robert Griffin III on the bench for the rest of the 2013 football betting season.
According to a reliable YouWager news source, Shanahan nearly left the Redskins last season, before the Redskins lost their playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. Sportsbook bettors saw Griffin struggle in the game, playing with a sprained knee. The ineffective star quarterback was eventually hit so hard his LCL and ACL were torn. Without Griffin, the Redskins fell to the Seahawks 24-14. Griffin had surgery last January, and Dr. James Andrews, the surgeon to the sports star, pronounced the procedure a success.
Many Internet wagering enthusiasts blamed Shanahan for Griffin’s injury, saying the coach should not have put the rookie in that kind of danger. But according to YouWager’s source, it might not have been his call. Shanahan was supposedly upset with owner Dan Snyder, because Snyder seemed to think the young quarterback was the only valuable player on the team, and he thought Snyder’s attitude was affecting the franchise in a negative way. Shanahan was so upset with Snyder, in fact, he reportedly cleaned out his desk and made plans to leave the team at the end of the season, but changed his mind when Washington lost to Seattle and Griffin was injured.
At the press conference following Washington’s 45-10 loss to Kansas City, Shanahan was asked if the story was true, and he avoided the question. “It’s not the right time or place to talk about my relationship with Dan Snyder. Or it’s not the right time or place to talk about something that happened a year ago,” Shanahan said.
Shanahan told YouWager’s source he spoke with Snyder on Monday. ”He asked me about my relationship with Robert. And I said I was his coach, his head football coach, and not necessarily his best friend, don’t need to be his best friend. I want to make him the best quarterback possible,” he said.
Shanahan pointed out that in the last 5 games, Griffin was sacked 24 times. ”We’re talking about his health,” he said. ”I want to make sure he’s healthy. I think that’s the most important thing going into the offseason, that he has his first full offseason being healthy. And if he did play, and something happened to him, I think it would set our franchise back.”
Some NFL analysts feel the controversy about the name of the team has more to do with Dan Snyder’s unpopularity. When Washington fans were complaining about rising ticket prices, Snyder charged fans to tailgate in the parking lot, and even though there were more than 200,000 people on the season ticket waiting list, Snyder’s franchise sued season ticket holders that were unable to pay during the recession of 2008-2009.
An NFL wagering expert at YouWager points out that since Snyder bought the Redskins, the team has gone through 7 head coaches in 13 seasons.