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If Mike Shanahan benches RG3, Redskins owner Daniel Snyder won’t stand in his way

Eric Edholm
Shutdown Corner

Every move the Washington Redskins make, or are rumored to be making, is parsed like an episode of "Days of Our Lives."

Here's the latest: Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said he's considering sitting quarterback Robert Griffin III for the remainder of the season because, gee, the kid has taken a lot of hits and we don't want him all banged up for the rest of his career.

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Robert Griffin III and Mike Shanahan (USA Today Sports Images)

The development now, per the Washington Post, is that owner Daniel Snyder — with whom Shanahan is believed to be embroiled in a conflict with — will not stand in Shanahan's way if he makes a move for Kirk Cousins.

An anonymous source (who no doubts feared being chloroformed at some point) told the Post that Snyder is staying clear of telling the coach which quarterback to play.

“He won’t step in and interfere with that,” the source said. “He’s not going to step into a personnel decision that way.”

The decision, Griffin or Cousins, reportedly will come Wednesday. In the meantime, we are left to examine what remnants are left of the disintegrating relationship between Shanahan and Snyder.

Is it just a matter of time until he's fired? Is Shanahan just trying to get himself fired at this point? Is Snyder keeping Shanahan around as punishment?

Who knows? Who ever knows with this team?

But we'll keep on watching the situation as it steamrolls toward its fiery end. And, you know, to evaluate Cousins if he plays.

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