RG3 Bragged He Can Influence Redskins' Direction, Owner Snyder

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Thursday, 09 Jan 2014 08:30 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Whoever replaces Mike Shanahan as coach of the Washington Redskins will have a tough time dealing with RG3 because the diva quarterback has reportedly been bragging to teammates about how he holds the power to determine the direction of the franchise.

According to a report by Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post, Robert Griffin III has been boasting about his close relationship with the team's owner, Daniel Snyder.

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"The next head coach will have to cope not just with owner-supremo Daniel Snyder's interference, but with the added complication of a 23-year-old boy emperor who believes he can dictate everything from the play-calling to what’s served at training table," Jenkins wrote. "You don’t like eggs? Take it up with Robert Griffin III."

Griffin, who won the Heisman Trophy while playing for Baylor in 2011 and was selected second overall in the 2012 draft, was benched last month. The decision by Shanahan was either a power play in the coach's tense relationship with Snyder or a move to keep the face of the franchise healthy heading into the offseason.

Shanahan himself was fired in late December based largely on the team's disappointing record of three wins and 13 losses this season. The Redskins' overall record for the last four years with Shanahan is 24 wins and 40 losses.

Now, according to Jenkins, the new coach will have a tough time reining in Griffin's ego.

"Once, Griffin was an immensely likable, unpretentious kid who was wide open to collaboration. But according to insiders, Griffin’s public campaign to have the offense altered for him was just the tip of his egotism in his second year," she wrote. "Behind closed doors, Griffin had fierce finger-pointing tensions with his wide receivers, and he bragged to teammates that he could procure favors from the owner and influence the franchise's direction."

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