By Mike Jones Dec. 9 (Washington Post) -- Embattled Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said that he is considering benching quarterback Robert Griffin III for the remainder of the season to ensure that the second-year pro avoids injury and goes into the offseason program completely healthy. Shanahan, whose coaching career with the Redskins appears to be coming to an end, had maintained in the past several weeks that he had no plans to bench Griffin despite his struggles in his second NFL season. Griffin won rookie of the year honors in 2012 after leading one of the most prolific offensive attacks in the league and ranking among the top five quarterbacks in the league in completion percentage and quarterback rating. He led a 7-0 finish to the season that gave Washington the NFC East title and a first-round home playoff game. But this season, Griffin — while working his way back into the flow after having reconstructive knee surgery in January —
By Mark Maske Dec. 9 (Washington Post) -- Mike Shanahan's coaching tenure with the Washington Redskins appears closer than ever to ending. Members of the Redskins' front office believe fractures in the relationship between Shanahan and team owner Daniel Snyder are now so deep that they are skeptical Shanahan can remain with the franchise beyond this season, several people familiar with the situation said Sunday. Shanahan's future was cast into doubt as the Redskins suffered a demoralizing, 45-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on a cold and sloppy day before the smallest announced crowd since Fed Ex Field opened in 1997. Some fans threw snowballs toward the Redskins' bench, and one was removed by stadium security personnel for screaming at Shanahan late in the game. Most of the fans who did show up were long gone before the game ended, with the Redskins' record dropping to 3-10 one year after they won the NFC East title.
New Zealand’s currency traded near its highest level in more than a week after a report showed employers increased hiring more than economists forecast, adding pressure on the central bank to lift record-low interest rates.
New Zealand’s currency rose from its lowest level since September after the nation’s central bank said it will probably increase benchmark interest rates from a record low next year, boosting demand for its assets.
New Zealand’s dollar was set for the longest run of weekly declines against its Australian counterpart in more than a year as the smaller nation’s central bank signaled hesitation to raise borrowing costs.