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Shanahan shielding his special teams coach from scribes

Mike Shanahan AP

Mike Shanahan would be happy to let you talk to his special teams coach, if his special teams coach was doing a good job at the moment.

But since the Redskins are kind of a mess in the kicking game, Shanahan’s shielding Keith Burns from all those mean and nasty reporters.

He’s not available any week,” Shanahan said, via Mark Maske of the Washington Post. “We do that with all our assistant coaches unless there’s something that a guy that you want to highlight or something like that, which we’ve talked about through the years. Same thing I did with Danny [Smith, the Redskins’ former special teams coach]. Same thing I’ve done with all our assistant coaches, . . .

“We do that so people can concentrate on their job.”

The Redskins coordinators talk on a regular basis, but assistant coaches aren’t routinely made available other than during the bye week. With last week’s gaffes in coverage, along with Burns getting an embarrassing penalty when an official ran into him on the sidelines, the special teams coach is under increasing scrutiny. Even one of his players, Niles Paul, said this week he didn’t think “everybody is completely buying into certain aspects” of what Burns was doing.

“You can ask me any of those questions,” Shanahan said. “That’s what I’m here for, to answer any question that you’d like. That’s why I have a press conference every day, . . . We’re gonna let them concentrate on their job and hopefully we can have a good game against Chicago.

“Now if we started out the year differently, then I would let Keith talk to you guys. But we made a decision. That’s the direction we’re gonna go. We’ve done that since I’ve been here. Same thing with Danny when he was here. You want to talk to Danny after a couple tough games. Danny didn’t talk to you then.”

But Smith did come out of hiding last year to discuss getting punts blocked in back-to-back games, so it’s not as if there’s no precedent. And only allowing him to talk to reporters when things are good doesn’t exactly help Burns grow as a coach.

It’s not a surprise Shanahan would try to insulate Burns, who was his special teams captain as a player in Denver. Shanahan also gave Burns his first coaching job, so there’s clearly a level of trust there.

And with that, apparently, comes a willingness to jump on his grenades for him.

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8 Responses to “Shanahan shielding his special teams coach from scribes”
  1. jerruhjones says: Oct 18, 2013 9:57 AM

    HTTR! bwahahahahaha!!!!!!

  2. jimthebuilder27 says: Oct 18, 2013 10:10 AM

    Shanarat is a dead man walking.

  3. fordmandalay says: Oct 18, 2013 10:21 AM

    Time to take the car keys away from Grampa.

  4. broncofaninfla45 says: Oct 18, 2013 10:24 AM

    Burns was a special teams stud and is a good special teams coach. The Skins have bigger problems than Burns.

  5. skins2357 says: Oct 18, 2013 10:25 AM

    As a diehard Redskins fan, Im tired of his excuses. He has an excuse for everything. I am so tired of seeing this undisciplined team whiffing tackles, getting 13 penalties for the same stuff every game, getting suspensions, and then talking crap to the media.

    I love RG3, but for his own good we need to bring in a new HC, and preferably someone who will teach Robert how not to tell the media EVERYTHING they want to hear!!!

  6. theseekeroffun says: Oct 18, 2013 11:34 AM

    As a diehard Redskins fan, Im tired of his excuses. He has an excuse for everything. I am so tired of seeing this undisciplined team whiffing tackles, getting 13 penalties for the same stuff every game, getting suspensions, and then talking crap to the media.

    I love RG3, but for his own good we need to bring in a new HC, and preferably someone who will teach Robert how not to tell the media EVERYTHING they want to hear!!!

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    Makes a great deal of sense.

  7. doe22us says: Oct 18, 2013 1:06 PM

    He is the head coach he can take on the heat and deflect it to him if he so chooses. No purpose is served by having Burns comment on issues of S.T.

  8. mdippong26 says: Oct 18, 2013 4:11 PM

    It helps Burns grow as a coach more than it harms him. If things are going as good as you want them to be, you don’t want your coaches to get annoyed and have to deal with the media who are ready to blow any comment out of proportion. He’s helping Burns do his job instead of letting the media cause harm to his coaching staff. I like Shanahan. I applaud him for doing this. Screw the media. IF you guys actually reported the news instead of highly biased/borderline fictitious articles from spinning comments way out of proportion, maybe Shanahan would let you talk to his assitant coach. Anywho, screw the media, go Shanahan.

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