It’s been a tale of two seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs and Washington Redskins. While the Chiefs are coming off of a 2-win season and have turned things around completely, the Redskins have followed a playoff appearance by a pretty miserable 2013 campaign.
One of the reasons why the Redskins could have had a tough go at it this year is due to the relationship between owner Dan Snyder and head coach Mike Shanahan. According to a report by ESPN’s Dan Graziano, Shanahan cleaned out his office prior to last season’s playoff loss and appeared on his way out of Washington — ready to call it quits.
“The source said Shanahan had grown tired of the way Snyder empowered Griffin and openly esteemed him above all other players,” wrote Graziano. “Shanahan didn’t blame Griffin but did blame Snyder for creating an atmosphere that Shanahan did not believe was conducive to winning. Shanahan privately told people close to him that he felt Snyder’s behavior with regard to Griffin was a ‘complete farce.'”
Well, after a blowout today at the hands of the much-improved Chiefs, Shanahan could be fired as soon as tonight, if not Monday morning. There has clearly been unresolved tension between the two (Snyder and Shanahan) all season, and it could be one of the reasons why Robert Griffin III has struggled this year. The impact of an unhealthy relationship between owner and head coach can greatly affect a young quarterback.
For the Chiefs, this victory comes at a perfect time. The Redskins were the ideal victim for Kansas City to beat up on after three straight losses in order to get their momentum and confidence back up. There’s nothing like a blowout to get those spirits back up in the locker room.