Robert Griffin III expecting Washington will have a new coach in 2014

Sunday December 15th, 2013

The relationship between Robert Griffin III and Mike Shanahan is reportedly growing frostier by the day. The relationship between Robert Griffin III and Mike Shanahan is reportedly growing frostier by the day. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Let's take another check of the Washington collapse tote board ...

Robert Griffin III is out right now but should be back in as the team's starter next season. Kirk Cousins is in as the current starting QB, but he could be out if the Redskins receive a tantalizing trade offer. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's ready to be out, be it by his choosing or the team's.

And head coach Mike Shanahan ... well, that's still somewhat of a mystery.

Count Griffin among the folks who believe someone else will be running the Washington show in 2014. The NFL Network reported Sunday that Griffin has told teammates "he believes he'll be playing for a different head coach in 2014." (Which is different, we can assume, than believing he'll play for a different team.) Ian Rapoport also reported that Griffin and Shanahan do not even acknowledge each other when they pass each other at the team's facility.

All signs -- including what appears to be a growing rift between himself and Griffin -- seem to be pointing toward Shanahan's departure, at the end of this season if not before. However, ESPN revealed that Shanahan has no plans to resign and would like to return as Washington's coach in 2014.

The motivation for that may be partially found in Washington's apparent desire to withhold the final $7 million-plus of Shanahan's contract, if he's fired this offseason, on grounds that he breached his contract.

At this point, Washington owner Daniel Snyder may wait until after Week 17 to make any changes, be it either of the Shanahans or within the roster. The only good news for Snyder's team at this point is that only two games remain in the regular season -- and the end cannot come soon enough.

Update: Shanahan walked out of his press conference Sunday after being asked repeatedly to address his job status.

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