Mike Shanahan won two Super Bowls with John Elway and the Denver Broncos, and regrets not having Peyton Manning in Washington.
Former Washington head coach Mike Shanahan had a lot to say about his time with the team, and said he was eager to get Peyton Manning and didn’t agree with the trade for Robert Griffin III.
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In a shocking interview with ESPN 980, Shanahan, who coached Washington from 2010 to 2013, Shanahan revealed that he was heavily interested in signing then-free agent QB Peyton Manning to Washington, but was unable to swing the deal in large part because Manning’s brother played in the same division.
“We were talking to Peyton at that time. That was a strong consideration,” Shanahan said.
“But at the end of the day I felt that with Eli being with the Giants he wasn’t coming in our direction.”
As far as the blockbuster trade Washington made with the St. Louis Rams to move up from the No. 6 to No. 2 spot in the 2014 draft, Shanahan said he was against the move and that the organization knew it.
“I did not feel good about giving up two No. 1s and a No. 2, and they all knew I felt that way,” Shanahan continued.
“I said, ‘Hey, yeah, I would take the chance. But I want you to know that he’s really going to have to commit to what we’re doing.'”
The trade for Robert Griffin III paid off in the first season as Griffin led the team to a top five offense, the NFC East title and was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. But the following year the team struggled, falling to 3-13 and Shanahan was fired.
Meanwhile, Peyton Manning signed with the Denver Broncos and led the team to three straight AFC West titles and a trip to the Super Bowl during the 2013 season.