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Monday, December 16, 2013
Shanahan won't resign during season

By John Keim
ESPN.com

ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan says he won't resign before the end of the season, although his plans for after the season remain unclear.

On Monday, Shanahan again addressed the numerous leaks that have led to daily stories about his status.

ESPN reported Sunday that Shanahan had no plans to resign in the next two weeks.

"That's accurate," he said Monday.

Shanahan did not want to answer the question after Sunday's 27-26 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. He's said he wants to return, despite mutliple reports that have suggested various scenarios.

Shanahan also reiterated that he'll meet with Redskins owner Dan Snyder after the season to discuss his fate.

"We have that type of relationship where we can talk and be honest to each other," he said. "But we're not going to do that until the end of the season."

In the meantime, Shanahan continues to be peppered about the various reports. There were two more Sunday, one from NFL Network that stated Shanahan's son, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, wanted to split from his father's coaching staff. CBS Sports reported a story that discussed favoritism paid to Kyle Shanahan.

Mike Shanahan refuted the notion of any favoritism.

Mike Shanahan
Mike Shanahan confirmed that he will not resign as Redskins coach before the end of this season.

"I've said numerous times, I'd like to concentrate on football," he said. "But maybe I could say it best this way: It doesn't matter if Gary Kubiak was my offensive coordinator, Mike Heimerdinger, [defensive coordinator] Jim Haslett -- a coordinator is a coordinator.

"If it's Jim, if it's Kyle, I get involved with all of the football matters and I will be heavily involved in both sides. At the end of the day, it's my responsibility to be accountable for everything that's done."

Shanahan also said he can't stop the leaks to the media.

"I can guess where they come from," Shanahan said. "Hey, not everybody's happy and when you do have three wins, it can be a little tough. A lot of things do come out. It's part of this business. But you've got to be tough enough to work through it, and I think our organization and team is tough enough to work through it."

Shanahan also said once more that if he does return next year, Robert Griffin III would be his starting quarterback -- but he'd want Griffin to know he must compete to keep the job.

"When you look behind your shoulder and you know that guy is pretty good, that makes you work a little harder in the offseason," Shanahan said. "It makes you work a little harder during the week."

Information from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter was used in this report.