“If he lights it up, hey, maybe we can bring a first-round draft choice back to this organization, and say hey, who are we gonna take in the first round,” Shanahan said. “And I think by him playing and Robert not playing, it gives us a chance to have a few options for our organization that we wouldn’t normally have, and the safety of our quarterback going into the offseason is preserved….And we’re still getting a chance to see a guy that we’ve got a lot of confidence in go out there and play. And his value can only go up. It cannot go down. It can only go up.”
Later, Brian Mitchell questioned Shanahan about the report that he was ready to leave after the 2012 season.
“As a player, if I heard that they said – and you haven’t completely shut it down, so I don’t know what’s true, what’s not, how much is true, how much not—but if I heard that my coach wanted to quit I would view my coach in a totally different manner,” Mitchell said. “I would be honest with you, I would respect you, but I would not see you as the same person. Do you worry about your team looking at you differently because of that?”
“First of all, I’ve never quit anything in my life,” Shanahan said. “ANYTHING. Any sport, anything that I’ve ever started, I’ve always finished. When people talk about quitting and you hear what happened, what you hear is was there a disagreement with Dan Snyder and Mike Shanahan about the direction of the football team. And that’s what I hear what happened a year ago when these reports come out is hey, are they talking about going in the same direction? So I don’t look at that as a negative — I’m quitting.
“It’s hey, if we’re not on the same page, then we ARE going in different directions,” Shanahan continued. “I’ve got one goal and one goal only as I came back here, and that’s to win a Super Bowl. And unless we’re on the same page, going in the same direction, then someone’s got to leave. And I know Dan’s not going.”
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Regardless, Scott Jackson then asked about the whole clearing-out-the-office thing.
“Two notebooks and an iPad,” Shanahan said, repeating his most popular line of the week. “That would get me out right today. If I was fired today, I could go in there and within three minutes I would have everything in my car.”