Former Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, who was fired amid controversy and disgrace in late 2013 after butting heads with Robert Griffin III and his BFF Dan Snyder, basically ending the young quarterback’s career in Washington (and possibly beyond), told D.C’s ESPN 980 that he got a recent thank-you call from Griffin after the coach apparently put in a good word for him during RG3’s free-agent search this month.

Shanahan said he and Rams coach Jeff Fisher were chatting when Shanahan, apparently unsolicitedly, starting talking up the virtues of the quarterback he wanted to bench in 2013, presumably because RG3 wasn’t John Elway and Shanahan couldn’t ride his coattails to a title. Then, according to Shanahan, Griffin called to thank him. Oh, where to begin:

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1. This story is coming completely from Shanahan, who can finesse the truth like some of Washington’s all-time greats, like Bill Clinton. I asked someone who covers the ‘Skins whether he thinks this call happened exactly as Shanny tells it and he responded 10 seconds later: “hahahaha.”

2. The story Shanahan tells of that phone call and giving tough love to Griffin, the quarterback he all but gave an atomic wedgie to while sticking his head in a flushing toilet after Griffin came back too quickly from injury in Week 1 of the 2013 season:

“I said, ‘Robert, I believe this. I’d be more than happy to talk to all the guys. Have them give me a call on your behalf. I was with you when we did some things nobody else has ever done and you still have that opportunity if you want to go that direction. If you don’t, then I think you’re going to struggle.’ ”


Prefacing comments with “I believe this” is the surest sign one doesn’t believe something. It’s right up there with “let me be honest” and “no, I love the haircut.”

3. “Robert called me and wanted to thank me for saying such nice things,” Shanahan told Kevin Sheehan and Thom Loverro. As Shanahan tells it, he told Fisher “I’d take him if I were you.”

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