It has been a dismal season for the Washington Redskins. They are just 3-11 and are officially out of the playoffs. Their starting quarterback Robert Griffin III has been benched and head coach Mike Shanahan has been under fire.
Not to be left out, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan(son of Mike Shanahan), has received criticism for the alleged friction between him and RG3 as well as being a “spoiled brat” and having a sense of entitlement according to a team source.
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“I was definitely bothered by it,” Shanahan said, via ESPN’s John Keim. “I never had somebody attack me personally so it definitely bothered me.”
Shanahan also took issue with those who question his play-calling even though Washington’s offense ranks 22nd in the league, according to Football Outsiders (6th in rushing, 26th in passing).
“Not many people are educated enough to know what we’re doing,” he said, “[but] I get that it’s part of the territory. It’s bad play calling. It’s OK, I can look at it that way, too. When people attack stuff personally and say stuff about people who are good people who have earned their jobs and worked their tail off and people who are … bitter… I have zero respect for those people.”
Shanahan said the goal in DC remains the same as when he arrived in 2010: “To win and I’ll keep trying to do that until they don’t want us here. I’m going to coach here until I’m told I can’t anymore.”
Then he debunked one final report, this one from Bleacher Report that claimed RG3 was unreceptive to coaching.
“Robert’s very coachable,” Shanahan said. “He came out of a system that wasn’t similar to ones in the NFL. He’s been awesome to work with since we got him. He’s tried everything we asked him to do. We asked him to do things that he hadn’t done before until he got here. He did a hell of a job with that stuff last year.
“It sounds like there’s a report about everything now. It’s pretty boring to talk about our three wins. So there’s a lot of stuff out there. Some things, there are partial truths to, but when it comes to working with Robert, no one works with Robert but myself and the QB coach and we love working with Robert. He’s great to coach.”
Baby Shanahan is right about one thing. When you lose that opens the door to a lot of things including false or exaggerated reports. Last year the Redskins finished 10-6 winning the NFC East division championship for the first time since 1999. No surprise that none of these false stories surfaced until things starting going down South in D.C.