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No Hard Knocks for Redskins

Mike Shanahan AP

In this craziest of NFL offseasons, only a small handful of teams make sense for the annual Hard Knocks assignment:  the Jets, Saints, Broncos, Colts, and Redskins.

Cross the Redskins off the list.

Appearing on Wednesday’s PFT Live, coach Mike Shanahan said that he’s not inclined to open the doors to cameras and microphones, because it keeps coaches and players from being themselves.  He said that he declined an opportunity to do it in Denver during the first year of the series.

“I just didn’t feel comfortable with being in that situation,” Shanahan said.  “You know, I can’t be myself.  I don’t think coaches can be their self and I’d like players to concentrate on their job.  I don’t know if it’s old school or what.  You know, for me I just didn’t feel comfortable with that atmosphere.”

Shanahan said that a request hasn’t come for 2012.  Given his past position, it probably won’t.

For a full look at everything Shanahan had to say, here’s the entire transcript.

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52 Responses to “No Hard Knocks for Redskins”
  1. reed20ravens says: May 16, 2012 8:33 PM

    wait…shanahan is old school??
    what else is new

  2. cheers4ablumpkin says: May 16, 2012 8:34 PM

    Yeah I agree with that why would they ever get a hard knock they suck and don’t win ever year.

  3. backindasaddle says: May 16, 2012 8:38 PM

    Shanahan looks like he’s ready to gnaw his way right through an oak tree and make a damn.

  4. footballfanatic1906 says: May 16, 2012 8:39 PM

    cheers4ablumpkin says:
    May 16, 2012 8:34 PM
    Yeah I agree with that why would they ever get a hard knock they suck and don’t win ever year.

     Congrats u were first with an idiot comment! Three cheers for the @ssclown!!!

  5. backindasaddle says: May 16, 2012 8:39 PM

    dam

  6. backindasaddle says: May 16, 2012 8:40 PM

    damn!

  7. gweez76 says: May 16, 2012 8:41 PM

    Ummm no way. It’s already crazy enough with RG3.

  8. skinsfantom says: May 16, 2012 8:48 PM

    COTY(Coach……..) YOU heard it here first(DICE CLAY voice) OOOHHHHHHHHH!!! hail

  9. astrosfan75956 says: May 16, 2012 8:48 PM

    Dallas would do it, and alot of people would watch.

  10. pasote says: May 16, 2012 8:51 PM

    You know, Mike Shannahan LOVES to say “you know,”…

  11. canetic says: May 16, 2012 8:52 PM

    The Colts? Snoozefest. It will be Seattle. Pete Carroll is desperate for the camera.

  12. musicman495 says: May 16, 2012 8:52 PM

    Why in the world would ANY team agree to do this?

  13. fofofotey says: May 16, 2012 8:54 PM

    Vampires don’t like to be filmed.

  14. saklr1 says: May 16, 2012 8:56 PM

    No Hard Knocks this year. Can’t say I blame the teams either.

  15. kayakattack says: May 16, 2012 8:57 PM

    Looks like Hard Knocks is going to have to pick the fat kid or the skinny kid .. at least the skinny kid has spunk!

  16. bigdaddystyle says: May 16, 2012 9:08 PM

    It’s not worth the distraction to the team and the hurricane of press coverage it generates.

  17. jagsfan11 says: May 16, 2012 9:11 PM

    Wat about the Jags?

  18. cowboysallday says: May 16, 2012 9:13 PM

    Thank god

  19. 7thlombardiontheway says: May 16, 2012 9:14 PM

    No Hard Knocks.

  20. iamthefootballjerk says: May 16, 2012 9:19 PM

    I’ve heard of the Madden cover jinx, but why not the Hard Knocks curse?

  21. lennydpocketqb says: May 16, 2012 9:24 PM

    And who want to see all the upper management whining?

  22. abninf says: May 16, 2012 9:37 PM

    Drew Brees wants an explanation.

  23. buddybowl69 says: May 16, 2012 9:41 PM

    At least they own the NJ Giants every year.

  24. cincinnasti says: May 16, 2012 9:42 PM

    “I’d like players to concentrate on their job. ”
    ______

    Kinda Hard to Knock him for that..

  25. wwwfella says: May 16, 2012 9:43 PM

    2012 Redskins…surprise team of the NFL.

  26. jwreck says: May 16, 2012 9:46 PM

    cheers4ablumpkin says: May 16, 2012 8:34 PM

    Yeah I agree with that why would they ever get a hard knock they suck and don’t win ever year.
    _________________

    Yeah, it’s hard to imagine Hard Knocks ever considering a team that wasn’t a perennial Super Bowl contender: a team like, I dunno… the Cowboys, the Chiefs, the Cowboys, the Bengals, or the Jets.

    Second, “Yeah I agree with that”… You agree with what? No one from HBO, the NFL, or PFT ever made the case that Washington does not deserve Hard Knocks. The only statement regarding whether or not it should go to Washington in the entire article is a statement by the author: “only a small handful of teams make sense for the annual Hard Knocks assignment”, a small handful which apparently includes the Redskins. If you’re going to share your opinion with the world, the very least you can do is read the article.

    Lastly, your final statement is absolutely untrue. The Redskins do, in fact, win every (ever) year. They may not win a lot, but they do win at least one game every year.

  27. dalucks says: May 16, 2012 9:56 PM

    They should have let the Redskins be featured on Hard Knocks since this is Mike Shanahan’s last season in Washington. He has been overrated for over a decade and now his days are numbered.
    RG3 will be good but not good enough due to some unrealistic expectations plus they are still the last place team in the NFC East which is where the Redskins were when Shanahan arrived and continue to remain under the leadership of Mr. Shanahan.
    As a Texans fan, I am glad he did take his spoiled brat son with him to Washington. Evaluating talent obviously does not run in the family since they still think John Beck is a starting quarterback in the NFL. If the Texans do not go 12-4, Gary Kubiak can join his mentor by being fired this season, he should have picked a better role model.

  28. manuich1 says: May 16, 2012 9:58 PM

    Hard knocks is good for the fans but bad for the players and coaches.

  29. vendictar says: May 16, 2012 10:00 PM

    cheers4ablumpkin says:
    May 16, 2012 8:34 PM
    Yeah I agree with that why would they ever get a hard knock they suck and don’t win ever year.

    ___________________________________

    I’m pretty sure ratings come from big stories and drama in camp and not win/loss record. People didn’t say “Oh man the Jets Hard Knocks are so good because they win a lot of games!”

    They liked it because of Rex swearing etc etc.

  30. kegowhisky says: May 16, 2012 10:02 PM

    Have to agree with Shanahan on this one. He’s getting near the end of his leash with Danny Snyder and needs to concentrate on making the Skins competitive.

    Granted, the Redskins are full of drama for the cameras this year with RGIII, a potential QB controversy with drafting another rookie QB, not to mention the old goat Grossman hanging on. Add in the threat of year long suspensions for Trent and Fred Davis, and this will be the circus Hard Knocks fawns over and will cost Shanahan his job.

  31. raiderapologist says: May 16, 2012 10:10 PM

    From that picture, I’m guessing Shanny is afraid the cameras will catch him eating cheese.

  32. blackqbwhiterb says: May 16, 2012 10:19 PM

    Glad to hear him put that to rest early and without hesitation. The Washington Redskins are no longer the East Coast Raiders. Hail!!!

  33. dansyndersux says: May 16, 2012 10:25 PM

    I’d love to see my boys on Hard Knocks. Ah well, maybe someday.

  34. raiderapologist says: May 16, 2012 10:33 PM

    blackqbwhiterb says: May 16, 2012 10:19 PM

    Glad to hear him put that to rest early and without hesitation. The Washington Redskins are no longer the East Coast Raiders. Hail!!!

    The Raiders don’t do Hard Knocks, either, but they do like to burn draft picks on quarterbacks. Hell!!!

  35. snikerbotloot says: May 16, 2012 10:37 PM

    Pats?

  36. bigbluwreckincrew83 says: May 16, 2012 11:02 PM

    This was really one of the BEST sports shows on TV until the Jets came along and gave it a bad rap. Now no one wants any part of it. You stay classy, Rex Ryan.

  37. cereal blogger says: May 16, 2012 11:27 PM

    Thank goodness, no Chief Shanna-Hy & his old man tan

  38. bloodfarmer3621 says: May 16, 2012 11:28 PM

    dalucks says:May 16, 2012 9:56 PM

    As a Texans fan, I am glad he did take his spoiled brat son with him to Washington. Evaluating talent obviously does not run in the family since they still think John Beck is a starting quarterback in the NFL. If the Texans do not go 12-4, Gary Kubiak can join his mentor by being fired this season, he should have picked a better role model.

    Yeah Beck is soooo bad that not even 2 days after the Skins’ cut him , your beloved Texans signed him as the backup QB. Please go and get a clue, thanks!

  39. cmdrsmooth says: May 16, 2012 11:34 PM

    Jets are most successful team on Hard Knocks: ratings and furthest run into playoffs.

    Doubt any other team can match their polarizing team.

  40. phillyphever says: May 16, 2012 11:39 PM

    Tampa Bay anyone?

  41. synacksyn says: May 16, 2012 11:40 PM

    Dalucks says:

    RG3 will be good but not good enough due to some unrealistic expectations plus they are still the last place team in the NFC East
    _______________________________________________

    Really? He won’t be good enough because of expectations??? Not because he might get hurt or might not pick up the playbook or might not have the leadership skills or some actual football tangible reason? I’m a fan and could give you actual reasons he may not be good but you just went with expectations? Wow..

    Secondarily um at this point every team is tied for first place..and at the end of the season you will find yourself going how the hell did the skins win 9 games and we would say cause you only look at the fantasy numbers and dont follow the team. If RGIII is at least one third better the grossman this team wins way more games..just a third..you didnt watch the games you didnt see that this team is really not that far off..if these pieces gel..the east is in for it..

  42. croghan1919 says: May 17, 2012 12:19 AM

    One side of my mouth says, “I don’t know why ANY team would want to do Hard Knocks” for the reasons the coach gave.
    The other side says, “I like the show”

  43. TSizzleBallSoHard says: May 17, 2012 12:43 AM

    Honestly this is the team that I wanted to see most on Hard Knocks.

  44. nationalmediacansuckit says: May 17, 2012 4:58 AM

    I love how people say ______ team shouldn’t be on Hard Knocks, they are boring. First off no matter what team it is you will watch b/c it’s a great show. Second, if it’s that big of a problem then don’t tune in. Pretty simple.

  45. hulkhogansays says: May 17, 2012 6:32 AM

    If Vinny Cerrato’s perky self were in charge he would have jumped all over it but thank goodness real football people run the franchise now brother. Little Danny must have reacted like a little kid not being allowed to eat Candy though…better to eat vitamins though brother.

  46. londonfletcher says: May 17, 2012 6:54 AM

    Good. Washington has done a good job of sweeping the drama out the door. Let’s keep it that way.

  47. Yoda says: May 17, 2012 8:11 AM

    Plenty of hard knocks for Redskins already.

  48. n0hopeleft says: May 17, 2012 8:54 AM

    buddybowl69 says:
    May 16, 2012 9:41 PM
    At least they own the NJ Giants every year.
    ___________________________________

    And you still dont own a Lombardi.

    And every “legend” to come out of Philly, including buddy, is a joke, that couldn’t get it done.

    Which one is the bigger laugh?

    Keep the chatter up, its what you, and your team does best.

    EMPTY TROPHY CASE CLAN at its best!

  49. n0hopeleft says: May 17, 2012 8:58 AM

    blackqbwhiterb says:
    May 16, 2012 10:19 PM
    Glad to hear him put that to rest early and without hesitation. The Washington Redskins are no longer the East Coast Raiders. Hail!!!

    ___________________________________

    Really? You haven’t done anything relevant in the last 20 years.. Enlighten me.

  50. cowboyhater says: May 17, 2012 9:16 AM

    dalucks says: May 16, 2012 9:56 PM

    If you are representative of Texan fans, then I feel sorry for that organization. You sure have a funny way of showing your support of your team. As for Kyle, you may want to look at the offensive numbers the year before he left for the skins. Plus, I guarantee the skins will be the better team in 2 years. Keep letting your talent leave the organization. Your D is going to suck this year. Have fun.

  51. mattyk72 says: May 17, 2012 9:44 AM

    Cross them off the list?

    Were they ever on the list?

    I could have seen the Skins doing it during Snyder’s first few years, but not now that he has actual football people running the show.

  52. bleedgreen33 says: May 17, 2012 12:42 PM

    backindasaddle: Make a damn? What the hell are you talking about? The word is spelled dam. You damn fool. Thank god the redskins aren’t doing hard knocks. Who wants to watch a horrible football team? I’d rather watch junior varsity high school practice.

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