Art Briles' relationship with RGIII could make him a prime candidate for the Redskins' job. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
The Washington Redskins are expected to target Baylor head coach Art Briles if they fire Mike Shanahan, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported Sunday, citing league sources.
The report comes amid rising tension between Shanahan and the Redskins organization, which is expected to fire its head coach as soon as Monday, according to the report. ESPN.com reported earlier on Sunday that Shanahan was frustrated with Redskins owner Dan Snyder last year and was prepared to leave the organization after the team's wild-card round playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Shanahan was reportedly irked by the way Snyder held Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III higher in esteem compared to other players. Though Shanahan didn’t blame Griffin, he told people close to him that Snyder’s words and actions regarding Griffin were “a complete farce," according to the report.
Briles coached Griffin at Baylor, and the two have maintained a close relationship. In Baylor, the Griffin-Briles partnership helped build Baylor into an unlikely perennial BCS contender. However, Briles recently agreed to an extension at Baylor that would keep him at the school through 2023. The school is also set to open a 45,000-seat stadium on campus next season.
The Redskins' home stadium was sparsely attended on Sunday, as the team lost its fifth straight game to fall to a dreadful 3-10 on the season.
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