Sep 15, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) and head coach Mike Shanahan walk on the sidelines during the game against the Green Bay Packers in the third quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Mike Shanahan wanted Ryan Tannehill

There has been plenty of discussion since last year that surrounds the relationship between Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan and star quarterback Robert Griffin III. While many say that the relationship is strained, the two men involved continue to downplay any issues.

However, a new report has surfaced that Shanahan may not have ever been coaching Griffin if he could have gotten his way.

Today, Shan and RJ of 105.3 The Fan in Dallas passed along the news that Shanahan never wanted to draft Robert Griffin III in the 2012 NFL Draft. If he could have had his way, he would have preferred to stay put and select Ryan Tannehill, who ended up landing with the Miami Dolphins.

After some digging — or travel on a time machine as Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk states – Bomani Jones of ESPN and elsewhere said Monday on Twitter that Stephen A. Smith of ESPN “says he has sources who say Shanahan wanted tannehill, rather than trade up for Griffin.”

Of course, there could be nothing to this “report,” but it is also rather interesting.

If Shanahan was never interested in drafting the former Baylor star, then perhaps that could be the driving force behind the issues that the two have had in Washington.

It will be interesting to see how everything continues to play out with the Redskins organization, but if nothing changes over the final stretch of the season we could be seeing some major shake ups on the coaching staff and roster.

At least we know RG3 should be safe considering how much the team invested in his services.

Tags: Mike Shanahan Ryan Tannehill Washington Redskins

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