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Robert Griffin III reportedly bragged to teammates about his influence over Dan Snyder

Robert Griffin IIIHas Robert Griffin III gone from league darling to entitled diva? It would appear that is the case, especially if you believe all the recent reports about RG3, and the words of Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins.

Jenkins obliterated Griffin in a column published on Monday. In the column, Jenkins cites RG3′s “egotism,” calls him a “boy emperor,” and says the second-year quarterback bragged to teammates about his influence over Redskins owner Daniel Snyder.

Jenkins described Griffin as a “boy emperor who believes he can dictate everything from the play-calling to what’s served at training table,” and said the “tip of his egotism” was getting the offense altered to suit him.

Here’s a sampling of her words:

Behind closed doors, Griffin had fierce finger-pointing tensions with his wide receivers, and he bragged to teammates that he could procure favors from the owner and influence the franchise’s direction.

According to Jenkins, RG3′s status as the boss’ favorite partly resulted in his lack of accountability for the Redskins’ poor season.

[Related: Santana Moss says RG3 needs to take more responsibility]

I’m sure many people will view this as an unfair column by Jenkins, but I don’t. Beginning in the offseason, Griffin came across as a spoiled brat. He constantly disagreed with coach Mike Shanahan over his recovery/rehab and made that issue much worse than it should have been. He really undermined his coach, and it sounds like we know the reason — he felt empowered by Snyder. Jenkins also indicates that the report that Griffin didn’t want negative plays about him shown during team film sessions is accurate.

I still think RG3 is a good player, but he has not handled himself well in the past handful of months and really needs to be humbled. It remains to be seen whether he’ll change his ways in the future, but this also explains why Washington may have some serious difficulty finding their next coach.

Helmet smack to Pro Football Talk

Is Mike Shanahan benching RG3 to provoke Daniel Snyder to fire him?

Mike Shanahan Robert GriffinKirk Cousins is expected to start at quarterback for the Washington Redskins this weekend over Robert Griffin III, according to ESPN’s John Keim. When Mike Shanahan told the media earlier this week that he was considering shutting RG3 down for the remainder of the season to protect his health, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that the former Baylor star had played his last snap in 2013.

The Redskins are 3-10, so it doesn’t really matter who their starting quarterback is for the final three games of the season. The most intriguing aspect of the story centers around Shanahan’s motivation for benching Griffin. On Tuesday, Mark Maske of the Washington Post reported that a source close to the Redskins believes Shanahan’s decision to bench RG3 could be an attempt at getting team owner Daniel Snyder to fire him.

Shanahan is under contract through next season. If he is fired, he would in all likelihood receive the remainder of the $7 million he is still owed. If he chooses to resign, he would forfeit the remainder of the money.

Maske also noted that the details of Shanahan’s contract are not known, but many believe it gives him the final say over personnel decisions like who will be the team’s starting quarterback. It’s possible that if Snyder attempts to intervene and force Shanahan to start RG3, Shanahan could contend that the terms of his contract were violated. In an instance like that, Shanahan might be able to resign and still collect the remainder of his money.

That theory would make sense and it would certainly help explain why an earlier report claimed Snyder would not step in if Shanahan chooses to bench Griffin. Snyder and RG3 seem to be so tight that it is widely assumed Shanahan is tired of their relationship. It would not be far-fetched to think that he is looking for a way out by benching Griffin.

Report: Daniel Snyder would not stop Mike Shanahan from benching RG3

Robert-Griffin-RedskinsRobert Griffin III may find himself standing on the sideline this weekend when the Washington Redskins take on the Atlanta Falcons. On Monday, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan told the media that he has considered benching Griffin for the remainder of the season to protect his health. Shanahan’s remarks were followed with speculation that team owner Daniel Snyder would never allow something like that to happen.

According to Mark Maske of the Washington Post, Snyder would not stand in Shanahan’s way if he chose to go with Kirk Cousins over RG3.

“He won’t step in and interfere with that,” a person familiar with the situation reportedly told Maske on Tuesday. “He’s not going to step into a personnel decision that way.”

The belief all along has been that the relationship between Snyder and Griffin has created problems for Snyder and Shanahan. In other words, Snyder expects RG3 to be the quarterback of the future for the Redskins. If Shanahan and his son — offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan — cannot find a way to win with Griffin, both will likely be fired. Most people expect them to be fired after the season ends, at the latest.

As Maske noted, Snyder may be inclined to let Shanahan bench RG3 because he agrees with the reasoning — not because he is opposed to pressuring his head coach into a certain personnel decision. Griffin has been getting hammered over the past several games and always looks one hit away from another major injury. The Redskins are currently 3-10. Why risk it?

Tony Dungy: I would not want to work for Daniel Snyder

dan-snyderThe Washington Redskins have taken a giant step back this season after winning the NFC East in 2012. Part of the issue has been Robert Griffin III’s recovery from knee surgery, but a lot of the team’s struggles have had to do with poor coaching. Naturally, poor coaching reflects negatively on ownership. That is something Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has grown accustomed to over the years.

On Monday, Tony Dungy discussed the current state of the Redskins on “The Dan Patrick Show.” He expressed confidence that Griffin will turn out just fine, essentially pointing the finger at Washington’s ownership group for this year’s media circus.

“I think the whole thing gets kind of exacerbated in Washington, with the whole setup there, the way it’s been, the owner and everything, and the press,” Dungy said, via DC Sports Bog’s Dan Steinberg. “RG3’s gonna be okay, just like Cam Newton. Now in three or four years, he matures, he’s playing great football, maybe he’s matured a little bit, but they’re winning more, he’s playing better, so now it all looks pretty good. Whereas when you’re not winning, everything seems to be a negative.”

Dungy also said he believes the Redskins are best off sticking with Mike Shanahan and giving the current offense time, though he said Snyder has a history of jumping ship. He was then asked specifically if he would work for Snyder.

“No, no,” he replied. “When you’re interviewing coaches for the job, and you haven’t told me I’ve lost the job yet? No, I would NOT want to work for him.”

As Steinberg noted, Dungy was likely referring to Snyder interviewing head coaching candidates like Shanahan while Jim Zorn was still under contract with the Redskins.

Dungy’s opinion is one that is shared by plenty of people. Perhaps Clinton Portis can change all of their minds.

Washington Redskins owner: We will never change team nickname

Washington Redskins helmetThe Washington Redskins are frequently criticized for their offensive nickname. There has been discussion over the years about the Redskins changing their name. Many teams have been pressured to change their offensive logos and/or nicknames, including another team from the DC — the Washington Bullets, which converted to the Washington Wizards in 1997. But team owner Daniel Snyder says he will never change the team’s nickname, regardless of the scrutiny they face, and regardless of how offensive the nickname is.

“We will never change the name of the team,” Snyder told USA TODAY Sports this week. “As a lifelong Redskins fan, and I think that the Redskins fans understand the great tradition and what it’s all about and what it means, so we feel pretty fortunate to be just working on next season.”

Snyder says he would not even change the team’s nickname if they lose an ongoing federal trademark lawsuit.

“We’ll never change the name,” he said. “It’s that simple. NEVER — you can use caps.”

In March, a group of Native Americans appeared before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to argue that the “Redskins should lose their federal trademark protection, based on a law that prohibits registered names that disparaging, scandalous, contemptuous or disreputable.”

The Redskins were stripped of the trademark in 1999, but the ruling was overturned in 2003 largely because the courts decided the plaintiffs were too old and should have decided to file suit earlier in their lives. The new suit is from younger people.

There is no denying that the name “Redskins” is offensive. What Snyder has in his favor is tradition and the fervent support of a huge fan base, which includes many politicians.

Dan Snyder on Giants: I hate those motherf——s

We know that some players are not shy about hiding their dislike for opponents, but it’s not often we get to hear owners trash opposing teams. Apparently that’s what Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder was doing following his team’s 17-16 win over the New York Giants on “Monday Night Football.”

According to USA Today’s Robert Klemko, Snyder was “offering congratulations to anyone who would take them” inside the Redskins’ locker room.

Klemko also reports that Snyder shook the hand of one staffer, telling him as he walked away, “I hate those mother——.”

The ‘Skins lost to the Giants in Week 7 27-23, so the win had to be sweet for Washington. Not only did they get revenge, but at 6-6, they’re now only a game out in the division race. The Redskins have also won three games in a row against NFC East opponents for the first time since 2005.

Rest assured, Dan, that the Giants are probably thinking the same thing to themselves.

Clinton Portis raves about Dan Snyder as ‘best owner in sports’

Emotional retirements can do something strange to a man, like convince him that Dan Snyder is actually a good owner. That’s what happened with Clinton Portis on Thursday.

The two-time Pro Bowler announced his retirement, and in the process he went somewhere very few people, if any, have gone before:

“Best owner in sports, great mentor and friend much respect for MR SNYDER,” Portis wrote on Twitter as a caption for the picture you see above.

It was strange to see someone speak about Dan Snyder in those terms. The Redskins owner is viewed as one of the more petty and vindictive owners in sports, not to mention one who frequently meddles with his team leading to poor results. You can’t speak ill of him without fear of a lawsuit, and he’ll probably attempt to shut down LBS because of the contents of this post. Really, all you need to know about him as a person you can read in this anecdote.

Like I said, emotional retirements must do something weird to a man.

Portis by the way played 84 games for the Redskins over seven seasons, scoring 49 touchdowns and 8,164 combined yards for the team. The Skins and Broncos were probably equally satisfied with the results of their Portis for Champ Bailey blockbuster trade made in 2004.

H/T D.C. Sports Bog