The only reasonable ulterior motive that makes sense would be that the Shanahans wanted the other guy — Kirk Cousins — to be their starting quarterback. That would explain why Mike Shanahan shut down SuperBob with three games left in the 2013 season and started Cousins.
It wouldn’t explain the unexplainable — why Mike Shanahan started SuperBob for Game 1 last year.
He clearly was not 100 percent, as he claimed. He wasn’t ready to play, and, in the immortal words of Mike Shanahan himself, it wasn’t “in the best interests of the organization.”
So why did Mike Shanahan open the season with SuperBob?
The exterior and ulterior motives there were clearly SuperBob’s — which makes his charge of ulterior motives so galling.
His motives were there for everyone to see — the Adidas “All in for Week One” promotional campaign; the declaration that promises were made to SuperBob that if was cleared to play, Mike Shanahan had better start him.
SuperBob laid out his motives for all to see last training camp when he said he wasn’t happy with Mike Shanahan’s limitations on his work as part of his rehabilitation from knee surgery. “I don’t understand all of it, but at the end of the day, he gave me his word,” SuperBob said.
If there were some at Redskins Park last season that SuperBob thought had “ulterior motives,” perhaps the problem was their motives were not in line with his own. And despite the blame that Mike Shanahan must shoulder for the dysfunctional downward spiral of last year, the biggest question about motives still remains — what are SuperBob’s motives? Why, at this point, raise the issue of ulterior motives last season?
Who is he kidding?
• Thom Loverro is co-host of “The Sports Fix,” noon to 2 p.m. daily on ESPN 980 radio and espn980.com.