Last night, Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan suggested in strong terms that he did not agree with the judgement of the officials who penalized him for unsportsmanlike conduct, while chasing them down the tunnel.
Those strong terms were shared by ESPN 980, which is owned by Dan Snyder.
The statement his larger holding sent out in Shanahan’s name Monday used much milder language, words which won’t require earmuffs if the kids are around.
“When I overheard the official tell the head coach that the game was over after the false start penalty, I tried to explain that the game was not over,” the statement read, via the Washington Times. “That is what resulted in the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. I tried to get an explanation of how I could get that penalty when half of the other team was on the field, as well.
“I was frustrated, and in the process of trying to get some answers from the officials, I conducted myself in the wrong way.
“I ask our players to hold themselves to a high standard and be accountable, and I know hat I’m accountable for my actions, as well.
“I know that I need to handle those situations better in the future. My emotions got the best of me, and I know it’s my responsibility. This will never happen again.”
According to the Washington Post, the league’s reviewing the incident, which they should. If they’re going to fine coaches for brow-beating replacement officials on the field of play, that same level of protection has to be afforded as they walk to the locker room.