It’s as if the owner has taken a wait-and-see approach on how Shanahan deals this season with Griffin, who is not just his main bread-winner but his new best friend on the roster.
“When you have that relationship with your player and you care about him to a large degree and you’re the owner of the team, I think it still becomes difficult sometimes to make decisions that could alter that friendship,” Arrington told me Tuesday, adding that he believes Snyder has learned from past mistakes.
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“It’s more so that Robert has to be careful,” he said. “When you have an owner that’s befriending you and you’re sitting with him on the airplane and you’re playing chess with him and you’re exchanging pleasantries — I mean I was a pallbearer for that man’s father, that’s how close we got . . . you always have to be mindful that this is still a job and this is still your employer. If he can keep those lines clear, he’ll be fine.”
“It seems as though those things may be getting a tad bit blurred. I don’t know if it’s his relationship directly with the owner or if it’s just the way he feels about the way things have been handled. I’m not really clear on that.”
Look, I don’t know whether Shanahan should be the coach for the next three to five years. I don’t believe the seven-game run to end the season was a mirage, but I want to see how his refurbishing plan works when it comes to the defending NFC East champions handling prosperity instead of just adversity.
I do know if Shanahan isn’t extended before the season is over, the power imbalance is going to grow.
In almost every other NFL locker room the onus is on the player to show he is the right person for the job. But here in Washington, where the owner befriends his best players, it’s always on the coach.
Snyder may just have to grit his teeth like Shanahan did the other day at the lectern and sign his coach up for more years and more millions. Whether Griffin likes it or not, it might be the only way to ensure Shanahan can effectively now govern a franchise with Super Bowl aspirations.
For previous columns by Mike Wise, visit washingtonpost.com/wise.