ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Mike Shanahan said he has no plans to resign, then reminded everyone that he might not be back as coach of the Washington Redskins.
He then cryptically offered a picture of the possible changes that might be in store if he does return. He dropped Gary Kubiak's name twice, stoking questions that there might be a new offensive coordinator. He also said that Robert Griffin III is "clearly" the starting quarterback but would welcome "legitimate competition" from Kirk Cousins.
Just another day in the world of the Redskins.
Shanahan said Monday it was "accurate" that he doesn't plan to quit after what will be his third losing season in four years. The Redskins (3-11) have lost six straight, and the coach has one year remaining on his five-year, $35 million contract.
However, he reiterated that his fate won't be determined until he and owner Dan Snyder meet at the end of the season and discuss their views about the direction of the franchise.
"All we can do at the end of the season is communicate," Shanahan said. "And I think we have that type of relationship where we can talk and be honest to each other."
One possibility is the Shanahan returns with a new set of coordinators. Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett could surely be on the bubble, given the way the defense has performed, but a change on the other side had seemed improbable because the coach's son, Kyle Shanahan, is the offensive coordinator.
Yet Kyle Shanahan last week sounded like someone pitching himself for a new job and expressed annoyance that people "always put an 's' on the last name of the 'Shanahans'" when discussing the Redskins, a first possible hint that the father-son experiment had run its course.
Mike Shanahan gave a rambling answer Monday when asked about his coordinators and mentioned Kubiak, who was the coach's longtime offensive coordinator with the Denver Broncos and who is out of work — having been recently fired by the Houston Texans.
"It doesn't matter if Gary Kubiak is my offensive coordinator, Mike Heimerdinger, Jim Haslett — a coordinator's a coordinator," Shanahan said. "They've got a job to do. And they're going to do it. If they don't do it, then the chances are they're not going to be a coordinator for long. That has nothing to do with anybody in particular. But they've got some autonomy there in relative to their position, if it's Jim, if it's Kyle — obviously I get involved with all the football matters, and I will be heavily involved on both sides."