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Shanahan on AWOL James Davis: “I think he’s retired”


Redskins running back James Davis, who walked out of training camp because he was upset with a lack of playing time, apparently won’t be back with the team.

The Redskins haven’t released Davis, but coach Mike Shanahan said he thinks Davis is done with football, period.

I think he’s retired from football. That’s my guess,” Shanahan said.

Shanahan added that the Redskins won’t fine Davis for walking out on them because he doesn’t have any money to take.

“I think maybe he’s made $1,500,” Shanahan said. “Add that up, that’s not good.”

Davis’s only public comment was a message on Twitter in which he told people not to believe what they hear, and added that the truth will come out eventually.

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73 Responses to “Shanahan on AWOL James Davis: “I think he’s retired””
  1. thegonz13 says: Aug 16, 2011 4:25 PM

    Honestly, would ANYONE want to play for the Redskins?

  2. rambo08 says: Aug 16, 2011 4:26 PM

    Some players just don’t appreciate the opportunities they’re given.

  3. pats4life says: Aug 16, 2011 4:26 PM

    This is messed up, I don’t understand Shanahan or this Davis kid. The Redskins have so many problems, mainly because of their coach.

  4. benh999 says: Aug 16, 2011 4:26 PM

    I thought Shanahan had retired too. Oh well…

  5. geemoney713 says: Aug 16, 2011 4:27 PM

    There’s no truth to come out in the future. It’s simple… 7 running backs and you’re the 7th on the depth chart and can’t even get playing time in the preseason for your team, then you aren’t wanted and maybe should consider moving on.

  6. trbowman says: Aug 16, 2011 4:27 PM

    lol, Redskins.

  7. eaglessuperfan says: Aug 16, 2011 4:28 PM

    Shanahan is the one who needs to retire. He is acting like a idot.

  8. Waxxx4321 says: Aug 16, 2011 4:28 PM

    hahahha must be a bored news day with each football camp…the 5th running back on the depth chart whos nobody really anyway…i like the 4 running backs ahead of him completely…

  9. ravenspit says: Aug 16, 2011 4:29 PM

    Gotta love “I think he retired quote”.

  10. Waxxx4321 says: Aug 16, 2011 4:29 PM

    lol funny how Shanahan is dissing him on how much money hes made..thats priceless hahaha Hail Skins!!!

  11. dalfanforever says: Aug 16, 2011 4:30 PM

    Man, I thought my Cowboys were a show! I live in Northern VA. This is free entertainment!

  12. achap39 says: Aug 16, 2011 4:31 PM

    Who the hell is James Davis?

  13. medtxpack says: Aug 16, 2011 4:31 PM

    ouch. Shanny aint making any new friends in DC…

  14. waccoforflacco says: Aug 16, 2011 4:32 PM

    He retired because he had bad FEETWORK.

  15. greymares says: Aug 16, 2011 4:32 PM

    shanahan= scumbag

  16. breeshasasprole says: Aug 16, 2011 4:34 PM

    Is Shanahan really that awful to play for??

  17. lemmam says: Aug 16, 2011 4:35 PM

    james davis was completely wrong to walk out of camp. I would never want to play for mike shanahan – what a jerk

  18. rickycubane says: Aug 16, 2011 4:36 PM

    shanny has to be the biggest douch in pro football.. i cant imagine why anyone would want to play for him..

    if he was as good at winning games as he is at making his players look like idiots he would have 10 super bowls

  19. feldman9000 says: Aug 16, 2011 4:37 PM

    Shanahan: “Yeah I think Clinton retired. He was here and then he left. Oh wait, you’re not talking about Clinton Portis? Who? James Davis? Who the hell is that?”

  20. pacash80 says: Aug 16, 2011 4:38 PM

    LOL it’s been quite a career.

  21. hobartbaker says: Aug 16, 2011 4:39 PM

    “I think he’s retired. Or living in Spain or something. Finally writing that book he’s been meaning to all these years. That’s what I heard, anyway.”.

  22. whhaaat says: Aug 16, 2011 4:40 PM

    who knows what is goin on when shanahan is involved in things. he seems crazier and crazier as time goes on.

  23. beefer49 says: Aug 16, 2011 4:41 PM

    The wonkey eyed mother has not learned anything… Skins suck

  24. RussianBreadMaker says: Aug 16, 2011 4:41 PM

    Let’s be honest, James Davis wasn’t going to make the club unless he unleashed furry. Goodbye

  25. jsrdc says: Aug 16, 2011 4:43 PM

    The 4skins will be 4skins. Shanny, you and Snyder are making DC proud.

  26. neisha75 says: Aug 16, 2011 4:43 PM

    “I think maybe he’s made $1,500,” Shanahan said. “Add that up, that’s not good.”

    Way to be the bigger person, Coach. Does he just say anything that comes to mind?! Just cut the kid and move on. Why even entertain this?! This is why the Redskins are a complete joke! What a shame!

  27. bearsandjazz says: Aug 16, 2011 4:45 PM

    At one point I really liked and respected Shanahan but the way he has handled players the last few years really makes him look like a fool. People can praise him for being funny or sticking to his guns but the result is bad Redskins football.

  28. superskins says: Aug 16, 2011 4:46 PM

    Technically he is telling folks via twitter to not believe what they ‘here’

    lol. GL in your future endeavors Mr. Davis.

  29. AlanSaysYo says: Aug 16, 2011 4:48 PM

    I don’t blame Shanahan for clowning on this. He’s got a season to get ready for and reporters are asking him about a running back that had a 0% chance to make the team.

  30. granadafan says: Aug 16, 2011 4:50 PM

    James Davis just walked away from an opportunity that millions of people would love to have. Even if it is Shanarat or the Redskins, it’s still an NFL job and Davis is a scrub. He should be on his knees thanking his god for this opportunity. What’s he going to do now for a living?

  31. trickbunny says: Aug 16, 2011 4:50 PM

    “Davis’s only public comment was a message on Twitter in which he told people not to believe what they hear, and added that the truth will come out eventually.”

    Translation: “I did something rash and really stupid and now I need time to concoct a story to make myself seem justified in my knee-jerk actions.”

    That all said, Shanahan probably drove him to it 🙂

  32. skinsrock says: Aug 16, 2011 4:52 PM

    Well, If Shanny is taking a jab at James Davis, we won’t have to hear all the James Davis apologist come to his rescue like one lazy Donovan McNabb!!!

  33. 33rdasylum says: Aug 16, 2011 4:53 PM

    remember when there was Professional football in the nation’s capital?

  34. sdlectric says: Aug 16, 2011 4:55 PM

    some NFC East team will pick him up- if only for some playbook knowledge. loser we can do without. wish fat albert had walked away.

  35. jacunn2000 says: Aug 16, 2011 4:56 PM

    Shanahan is such a d-bag. Why does he feel the need to bash the dude’s financial situation?? The guy saw he was not going to get an opportunity there, had a falling out with a coach, and left. Wow, just a classless move talking about how much money an employee made.

  36. citizenstrange says: Aug 16, 2011 4:56 PM

    Davis’s only public comment was a message on Twitter in which he told people not to believe what they hear, and added that the truth will come out eventually.
    Same as Jeremy Maclin I guess.

  37. jacunn2000 says: Aug 16, 2011 4:59 PM

    Oh, and I LOVE that picture of Shanny. He looks like the crazy old man from down the street about to yell at some kids for having fun!

  38. claymatthewsisonsteroids says: Aug 16, 2011 5:00 PM

    Stay classy Shanahan…

  39. deepseabreeze says: Aug 16, 2011 5:02 PM

    looks like God was not behind Davis like he is with Tim Tebow

  40. diablito0402 says: Aug 16, 2011 5:03 PM

    Shanahan is a colosal failure in DC, what a idiot this guy is, redskins waisting their money on this guy.. Now i know elway really got denver their rings, this idiot had nothing to do with that? What a laughing stock these redskins are…

  41. waccoforflacco says: Aug 16, 2011 5:04 PM

    “HERE” and “FEETWORK”…No wonder these idiots need 5 months of OTAs and mini camps just to remember the snap count.

  42. castleofcheese says: Aug 16, 2011 5:04 PM

    breeshasasprole says:
    Aug 16, 2011 4:34 PM
    Is Shanahan really that awful to play for??
    Yes, it’s starting to look like he is. Part of me wants to Haynesworth to dominate this year just so Shannahan looks like an even bigger tool.

  43. riverhorsey says: Aug 16, 2011 5:04 PM

    The guy walks outs and doesn’t say anything. He might as well retire.

  44. jdandcoke says: Aug 16, 2011 5:05 PM

    i pray that shanahan didnt make “advances” towards JD. “…the truth will come out eventually” has a very foreboding sound to it. by any chance, are shanahan and rex ryan friends?

  45. duanethomas says: Aug 16, 2011 5:07 PM

    Another Quitter. LOL……..even soft training camp is no joke.

  46. feldman9000 says: Aug 16, 2011 5:08 PM

    my five dislikes must be clemson fans

  47. patpgh says: Aug 16, 2011 5:09 PM

    Man, remember when Shanahan was supposed to restore order and discipline and pride to the ‘Skins?

  48. bullcharger says: Aug 16, 2011 5:13 PM

    I am pretty sure Shanahan has gone the way of Al Davis. I guess Denver let him go and continued to pay him because they knew he was mentally done.

  49. ajknox88 says: Aug 16, 2011 5:15 PM

    rambo08 says:
    Aug 16, 2011 4:26 PM
    Some players just don’t appreciate the opportunities

    I don’t think that making $500.00/week is really something to be excited about when most fans make more than that.

  50. orakpownd says: Aug 16, 2011 5:18 PM

    Dude Walked Out…I dont walk out of my job when they feed me. Good Riddance…..

  51. TowedJumper1982 says: Aug 16, 2011 5:21 PM

    “Please do not believe everything you here people. The story will be released soon. The real truth of the story.” – James Davis Twitter….

    I get it, he’s writing a book. But he needs help with his spelling first.

  52. solidmarine says: Aug 16, 2011 5:23 PM

    You look at that picture and tell me Shanny isn’t slowly morphing into Al “I’ve been a corpse for 5 years but if you won’t tell anyone I won’t” Davis. I dare you.

  53. bradentonbuc says: Aug 16, 2011 5:25 PM

    Davis is a former tater

  54. deenice810 says: Aug 16, 2011 5:28 PM

    Good job Shanny. Why broadcast how much money the kid had made. Classy move. It’s gonna be fun to watch this team win three games this year.

  55. billucf96 says: Aug 16, 2011 5:29 PM

    Davis had signed a 1.4 million contract. You don’t walk away from that. If he can just make the special teams he is financially set for life. He is probably just too young and immature to understand what he just walked away from. In 10 to 20 years he will understand and regret what he did.

  56. 28purple4mvp says: Aug 16, 2011 5:48 PM

    That pic looks like Al Davis’s little brother?

  57. Sandra Lee's Cans says: Aug 16, 2011 5:49 PM

    The only mistake Davis made in walking out of camp was not stopping by to kick Shanahan in the balls first. What an egotistical little man.

  58. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 16, 2011 5:49 PM

    I just saw him. He’s a door greeter at the WalMart in Alexandria. New gig. More money.

  59. kfiz14 says: Aug 16, 2011 5:58 PM

    He flashed in a preseason game against the Lions a couple years ago. It was against their scrubs but after that he acted like he was a pro-bowler. He was really happy when the Browns cut his ass last year. Congrats on a stellar career James!

  60. ninjapleazee says: Aug 16, 2011 6:02 PM

    less competition for Evan Royster go Penn State!

  61. deadeye says: Aug 16, 2011 6:03 PM

    James Davis will get the last laugh in this. He will be waived by the Skins, picked up by the Jets, and will run for nearly 1100 yards this season. You wait and see.

    Then again maybe I’ve just been smokin too much crack.

  62. champ1118 says: Aug 16, 2011 6:22 PM

    They can fine him up to 20k per day for being absent, but he’s only made $1500 total? $1500 to get blasted by Orakpo during blitz pick-up drills? I’d walk out too!!

  63. souldogdave says: Aug 16, 2011 6:44 PM

    Shanarat does it again.What a small minded man.

  64. smootysmoot says: Aug 16, 2011 6:49 PM


    Honestly, that was the dumbest thing I think I have ever read. U really should not comment at all.

  65. therealsmiley says: Aug 16, 2011 6:52 PM

    Quitter!! You don’t deserve the honor to put on the burgundy and gold! Hail!

  66. madd5555likesthedudes says: Aug 16, 2011 7:05 PM

    I liked James Davis @ Clemson, but why is anything a 5th string running back does news? Other than an outlet for needless Redskins trashing I cannot think of one. Ok, the “i think he retired” and “$1500” parts were humorous, but is this really necessary?

  67. grandpoopah says: Aug 16, 2011 7:20 PM

    That is quite an organization you’ve got there, Washington.

  68. grandpoopah says: Aug 16, 2011 7:22 PM

    I’m beginning to think congress is only the second most dysfunctional organization in Washington, DC.

  69. hoopjack says: Aug 16, 2011 7:42 PM

    I betting some of you here were the type that went and cried to your mommy when a coach yelled at you, or you took drama or band and never played a sport at all.
    I had coaches that would say or do way worse things to me if I would of up and quit on them. let alone complain about playing time.

  70. supashug says: Aug 16, 2011 7:50 PM

    They still dont know where he is? He could have made it to Buffalo for sure by now. He will need another 40 though.

    Watch out CJ Spiller, your job is not safe

  71. diehardraider says: Aug 16, 2011 8:04 PM

    What a clown theres a million guys who would love to be in his situation and he walks away let him get a regular 9 to 5 and he will have regrets for his whole life

  72. bloodybj says: Aug 17, 2011 6:14 AM

    They should sign carlos zambrano to take his roster spot

  73. magicman407 says: Aug 17, 2011 6:11 PM

    Say what you want about the Redskins and Shanahan’s coaching style.. Here’s how I look at it, he took over a jacked up team made by Cerrato.. He took 2 probowl players Mcnabb, Haynesworth benched them then booted them to the curb… Now it seems that even the vets are playing for roster spots, but the key word PLAYING.. These Redskins are a bunch of guys who work hard and want a roster spot for this team and want to PLAY football.. You think stupid.. While I think good coaching, the coach runs the team that’s how it should be.

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