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Shanahan denies that Griffin wanted negative plays to not be shown to team

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The network owned by the league has shifted its effort to drive a wedge between the Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger to driving a wedge between the Redskins and Robert Griffin III.

More accurately, between Griffin and coach Mike Shanahan.

Mike Silver of NFLN reports that Griffin enjoyed kid-gloves treatment at Baylor, with some of his bad plays not being shown in team meetings.

“I am told by someone familiar with the situation that he asked the Redskins to do the same, and that request was rebuffed,” Silver said, via CSNWashington.com.

Shanahan denies it.  Strongly.

“Robert did not request that I not show negative plays,” Shanahan said, via CSNWashington.com.  “Completely false.  No truth that he asked me to do that.”

In September, we reported that at least one player perceived a change in the way Shanahan treats Griffin in front of other players, talking to Griffin “like a regular player.”  The Redskins strongly disputed the claim.

There can be no dispute that problems exist in Washington.  They’ll go away only if/when the team wins.

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23 Responses to “Shanahan denies that Griffin wanted negative plays to not be shown to team”
  1. joetoronto says: Nov 24, 2013 1:38 PM

    What a hot mess the Skins are.

  2. foothillfrank says: Nov 24, 2013 1:43 PM

    Good opening shot at NFL Net reporting practices. But what is motive?
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  3. willking9 says: Nov 24, 2013 1:44 PM

    Wait…I thought Mike Shanahan said the Skins were going to the SB this year???

  4. nfl4days says: Nov 24, 2013 1:46 PM

    Why wouldn’t he deny it? Do you know how bad that makes a QB look and how counter productive it is? Film study is about learning from mistakes and getting better, not making you feel good about yourself. I wouldn’t be surprised if QBs like brees , wilson, brady, and manning only look at NEGATIVE plays to get better.

  5. uncletuna says: Nov 24, 2013 1:47 PM

    Shanahan has to go first to start the healing…

  6. FinFan68 says: Nov 24, 2013 1:48 PM

    The league used to promote the game itself and match ups between teams. Now it promotes drama and individual players… All on the name of greed. The league is all about money and that fact above all else will ruin the game and destroy the league itself. The problem is that these guys know it but figure they won’t be around when it happens. My guess is that many are wrong on that last count.

  7. broncosaddict says: Nov 24, 2013 1:51 PM

    Shanahan is telling the truth, RGIII did not ask….it was his agent… :-)

  8. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 24, 2013 1:52 PM

    That ‘s what daniel snyder gets for cutting down those trees.

  9. badmoonrison says: Nov 24, 2013 1:53 PM

    Mike Silver has a LONG history of not telling the truth and/or making stories up. People need to take any of his reports with a grain of salt. If it was Glazer or Schefter I might believe it, but Silver is usually full of it.

  10. thirdistheworrd says: Nov 24, 2013 2:11 PM

    foothillfrank says: Nov 24, 2013 1:43 PM

    Good opening shot at NFL Net reporting practices. But what is motive?
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    Because they do the same thing, and by pointing out the same practice elsewhere it makes them look more fair and balanced themselves.

  11. bigmike7914 says: Nov 24, 2013 2:16 PM

    FinFan68…Great point, if I where Snyder I would take whatever fine the league imposes, and designate three players and one coach to adress the media and one of the players would not be RG3, they have to realize that the media is an enemy a tool used to divide for the means of making money and getting ratings, the more drama the better….

  12. tincansailor981 says: Nov 24, 2013 2:19 PM

    RG Knees is such a little diva

  13. thirdistheworrd says: Nov 24, 2013 2:22 PM

    FinFan68 says: Nov 24, 2013 1:48 PM

    The league used to promote the game itself and match ups between teams. Now it promotes drama and individual players… All on the name of greed. The league is all about money and that fact above all else will ruin the game and destroy the league itself. The problem is that these guys know it but figure they won’t be around when it happens. My guess is that many are wrong on that last count.
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    I couldn’t agree with you more, at the same time, I feel like the media are more to blame than the League itself. The media needs to sell stories in order to pay their mortgages, and the simple fact is that people will always care more about Miley Cyrus’ dance than whoever actually won the award she was presenting. “Locker Rooms in Crisis” are the NFL’s version of Miley Cyrus.

    The media has every right to do this, it’s a free country. At the same time, we have the responsibility to be free thinknig NFL fans and focus on the stuff that matters; rather than speculations, trivialities, and what Tom Brady is wearing today.

    We also have the responsibility to realize how completely full of it everything that appears in the media is, and judge these franchises by the product they put on the field Sunday rather than severely out of proportion inflammatory puff-pieces.

  14. thirdistheworrd says: Nov 24, 2013 2:33 PM

    nfl4days says: Nov 24, 2013 1:46 PM

    Why wouldn’t he deny it? Do you know how bad that makes a QB look and how counter productive it is? Film study is about learning from mistakes and getting better, not making you feel good about yourself. I wouldn’t be surprised if QBs like brees , wilson, brady, and manning only look at NEGATIVE plays to get better.
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    If you asked me if I had killed Kennedy, I would deny it, but my denial wouldn’t make it true. Facts: Art Briles is an extremely effective coach. One of Griffin’s consistently avowed strengths coming out of college was what a great film student he was. Rumors: Griffin doesn’t watch his own bad tape. Deductive Reasoning: If Griffin didn’t watch his own bad tape, Shanahan would deny it.

    So your whole argument is a loaded question catch-22 caught somewhere between rumors, oservations, and expectations. In other words, this is silly, let’s all go home.

    And you’re right, I couldn’t imagine a successful NFL QB who didn’t watch his own bad tape. Griffin is not having a terrific year coming back from surgery, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a great work ethic. So as I was saying, this discussion is kind of a waste of time. Doneskies.

  15. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Nov 24, 2013 2:45 PM

    It’s falling apart for the Skins. With Rob’s bad knee, there will be plenty bad plays to pick from too.

  16. stampnhawk says: Nov 24, 2013 2:53 PM

    If Rg3 lost that last regular season game vs Dallas and didn’t get in the playoffs, we’d, and (he’d) be spared from all the drama this season. First, he may not be as hurt as he ended up being and need that surgery, nor would there be the Shanhan riff and the expectation of many of a player he’s not.

    On the other hand, if Dallas won that game and got in the playoffs, the RG3 stories all offseason and this season been replaced by (even) more Romo and Cowboy stories about choking in playoffs again…so it’s a wash for fans of the every other team subjected to these NFC East stories.

  17. realfootballfan says: Nov 24, 2013 3:09 PM

    One thing is clear, Griffin isn’t one of Mike Silver’s buddies around the league. All he does is gossip with his stories slanted toward whoever he’s friends with. Can’t believe the league hired this clown.

  18. bigblackanvil says: Nov 24, 2013 7:51 PM

    The hate continues. HTTR

  19. bigblackanvil says: Nov 24, 2013 7:52 PM

    Does the NFL really want a black QB to be the face if the league? This is getting too obvious they don’t.

  20. worknman24hours says: Nov 25, 2013 9:03 AM

    Laughing axx out loud!

    Talk about a prima donna!

    I’d put RG’s bad plays on every tv screen in the place and show them non-stop before anything came up on screen.

    Washington needs to get off their butts and win some games-and stop acting like the Real Housewives of D.C.

  21. ziplock10 says: Nov 25, 2013 11:00 AM

    RGIII is a pamperd athelete…. Tom Brady isn’t?????

    When you lose, you suck.. No matter how good or bad you are…

    But this is ridiculous!!!

    The nfl niwits.. I mean network is like watching TMZ with their coverage of the Big Ben and RGIII.

    Griffin hasn’t been in the league a whole 2 years, maybe everyone could allow him to breath a week.

    BTW… nfl nitwits need to hire a couple more nitwits who sound like an unintelligible Hannity and Bill O’Reilly…. THAT’S PRIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not one of these guys are half the moral man Griffin is or have a rap sheet 10 times longer than Big Ben…. AYKM???

  22. thirdistheworrd says: Nov 25, 2013 2:53 PM

    bigblackanvil says: Nov 24, 2013 7:52 PM

    Does the NFL really want a black QB to be the face if the league? This is getting too obvious they don’t.
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    Really? As a black man, we really don’t need to drag race into this. I do feel like the league was trying to prop Griffin up as one of the league’s big faces last year, which is why the media is making so much money dragging him through the mud this year.

    People love seeing Goliath fall, and between Griffin’s underwhelming play this year and “big” mouth, he’s the easiest Goliath for the media to topple, and I don’t think it has anything to do with race. Griffin is just a very conversational guy, and when someone talks a lot, it’s easy to find out-of-context snippets and blow them way out of proportion. Between those three factors, Griffin is just the media’s wef dream.

    After Griffin fell, literally and figuratively, in the playoffs, the media began promoting Wilson and Kaepernick as the new face of black quarterbacks, which I do have a slight issue with. Wilson and Griffin are perfect role models for my sons, while Kaepernick got two giant tattoos to commemorate his super bowl loss. I don’t think race figures into NFL/media promotions a whole lot, but when it does, we just have to hope they do it well.

  23. thirdistheworrd says: Nov 25, 2013 2:58 PM

    ziplock10 says: Nov 25, 2013 11:00 AM

    When you lose, you suck.. No matter how good or bad you are…
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    Very true. And when you suck, everyone wants you to suck more, which is Griffin’s problem. His subpar on-field performance has turned him into a Lohan-esque cash cow for a media that can now prey on everything he says and does.

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