Maybe the two biggest storylines heading into Week 17 for the Redskins are whether they can stumble their way to the first-overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft (which now belongs to the Rams thanks to the Robert Griffin III trade) and what the future holds for coach Mike Shanahan.
By Sunday evening, we should know Washington's draft fate. And not long after that, according to Shanahan, hs fate should be decided, too.
"I'm sure it will," Shanahan said Monday when asked if his job status will be resolved shortly after the season. "But you'll have to ask [owner Dan Snyder]. I can't answer that."
Shanahan has one year left on his contract and is set to make $7 million.
Whatever Snyder decides in the coming days and weeks, Shanahan reiterates that he wants to return.
"No, I've told you from Day 1, I love these guys," the coach said Monday. "We've been working extremely hard to put this thing together. We've had a couple of bumps, which we all know, with the salary cap [penalty]. But I'm looking forward to building this team. Like I said, I'll get the chance to sit down with Dan at the end of the season and we'll go from there."
Last week, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Shanahan "will not resign from his job and would like to return to Washington next season as long as he can run team the way he wants."
But as CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora wrote earlier this month, Shanahan already runs the team the way he wants.
"Everyone in that building knows that Mike has total control," one former member of the organization told La Canfora. "That was never in doubt. That's never been in doubt. Mike is in charge. He runs that building. He has final say on everything. [Owner] Dan Snyder isn't sitting in on personnel meetings. Mike tells Dan what he wants to tell Dan. Dan's not picking the quarterback. Mike got it all. He put together the staff, he got all the money, he set his son up."
Still, as recently as mid-December, several sources close to the matter told the Washington Post's Mark Maske that it remains likely that Shanahan and the Redskins "will part ways shortly after the season ends at the latest."