Redskins are a mess

Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan watches his

Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan watches his team warm up before the start of the game against the San Francisco 49ers. (Nov. 25, 2013) (Credit: Getty Images)

With the Mike Shanahan-Daniel Snyder star-down in Washington showing no signs of letting up, the coach is about to make things more interesting. Per multiple reports, Shanahan is prepared to go with Kirk Cousins as his starter over Robert Griffin III, this just days after RGIII said he wanted to remain in the lineup for the remainder of the season despite the team's 3-10 record.

Shanahan is expected to make the announcement later today, although some reports indicated that he may go with Griffin if the second-year quarterback can offer compelling reasons why he should continue.

Shanahan hinted after Sunday's loss to the Chiefs that he might sit Griffin to make sure he stays healthy the rest of the year and can go into the off-season with no lingering complications from the knee surgery he underwent earlier this year. Now it appears Shanahan is willing to follow through with anointing Cousins, a fourth-round pick last year, as the starter for Sunday's game against the Falcons, who are also reeling at 3-10.

It's the latest in an ongoing saga that will likely see Shanahan gone by the end of the season - if not sooner. He and Snyder are in stare-down mode after a report surfaced over the weekend that Shanahan was prepared to leave the team at the end of the 2012 season, and that Griffin's injury in a playoff loss to the Seahawks was the only reason he came back this year.

It's a mess that Snyder ought to be used to by now. Since purchasing the team in 1999 from the estate of the late Jack Kent Cooke, Snyder has had seven head coaches, none of whom have lasted more than four seasons. Shanahan is in his fourth season since succeeding Joe Gibbs, who retired a second time after the 2008 season.

Shanahan has one year remaining on his contract - worth a reported $7 million per season - and he may want to get in potential jobs elsewhere. His name has been mentioned in connection with the vacancy in Houston, where Gary Kubiak was fired last week. Shanahan worked with Rick Smith, who is now the Texans' general manager, when Shanahan was the Broncos' head coach.

advertisement | advertise on newsday

NFL video

advertisement | advertise on newsday