It’s understandable that Donovan McNabb and Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan butted heads this year. It happens.
It’s inexplicable that the Shanahan camp and the McNabb camp continue to go back-and-forth at each other in public, as if that is going to help matters. One day after McNabb’s agent took on Kyle Shanahan and Mike Shanahan responded, the younger Shanahan spoke with reporters.
“I called Donovan on the phone, mentioned I wanted to have a conversation with him to find out what this was all about,” Kyle Shanahan said Friday, according to Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. “And when I talked to Donovan [on Thursday], he said he didn’t say any of that.
“I’m like, ‘Well yeah, your agent did, which to me is you.’ And he said he didn’t agree with any of that, those words didn’t come out of his mouth, he didn’t tell his agent that stuff. So all I can go off is what Donovan tells me. And we’ve never had a confrontation all year, never had an argument, everything’s been good.”
(So basically McNabb is lying to his agent or Shanahan. We’ll vote Shanahan.)
McNabb declined to comment Friday with a laugh. Kyle Shanahan also found humor in McNabb’s agent Fletcher Smith’s suggestion that the Redskins changed the offense for Rex Grossman last week.
“That quote was almost — I mean, it was entertaining,” Shanahan said. “Asking Donovan about that, he nor I remember that conversation. To hear that we had a different offense for Rex is a joke.”
Finally, Shanahan addressed Smith’s implication that he was the source of many leaks during the season deriding McNabb.
“Obviously some people getting leaks out, I think that happens everywhere, but to think that coaches would do that when it only hurts the coaches is entertaining,” Shanahan said.