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Shanahan still doesn’t deny ESPN report

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Mike Shanahan’s wide-ranging and at-times rambling Wednesday press conference included plenty of intriguing nuggets.  MDS has done a great job of distilling the most salient points.

There’s another point that relates back to the report that got this giant ball of dysfunction rolling.  Shanahan still hasn’t denied the ESPN bombshell that Shanahan nearly quit in January due to the relationship between owner Daniel Snyder and quarterback Robert Griffin III.

“What I said is there’s always bits and pieces of an article that are true,” Shanahan told reporters.  “I’m not going to go into detail what was true about the article.  I don’t think it’s fair to the organization and I would speak to that person first before I would speak to anybody else.  But when you get partial truths — and I’m not one to say somebody is lying or this isn’t reported correctly — but I’ve heard that my whole life. I think everybody in this room knows that I don’t talk to anybody off the record.”

If Shanahan truly doesn’t talk to anybody off the record, he’s the only person connected to the NFL in any significant capacity who doesn’t.

Everybody talks to somebody off the record.  With local and national media more prevalent and aggressive than ever, everyone knows someone they’ll talk to without attaching their name to it.

In this case, Shanahan or someone close to him was talking off the record to someone at ESPN.  The fact that Shanahan has failed to dispute the notion that he was ready to quit in January proves it.

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18 Responses to “Shanahan still doesn’t deny ESPN report”
  1. blitzen87 says: Dec 11, 2013 9:11 PM

    But he has 7 million reasons not too

  2. meatcarroll says: Dec 11, 2013 9:14 PM

    Jim Harbaugh would never quit. Shanahan is a disgrace! #WeAreTheGoldStandard

  3. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 11, 2013 9:24 PM

    Texans… please don’t hire this guy…. please!

  4. braven4evr says: Dec 11, 2013 9:47 PM

    If he was about to quit in January he should really do it now… he’s had time to think about that $7mil!

  5. crazemastercraze says: Dec 11, 2013 9:53 PM

    And Samuel Jackson never raises his voice….

  6. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 11, 2013 10:06 PM

    Well it doesn’t “prove” it. There are multiple explanations possible for his lack of disputing the report.

    The most likely explanation is this:

    By letting it linger, it adds to the layer of the gamesmanship that he is playing with the Owner, and to just deny it can then offer some peace of mind to fans that don’t want to think their coach would do that. But he doesn’t want that to be the case, he wants them to think negative things, but negative things they can’t pin on him since they can’t prove it. He’s only not disputing it so that the game can stay afoot and add to Snyder’s headaches. He knows Snyder knows what’s going on, but Snyder can’t do anything, except fire him, which is what he wants.

    Snyder knows he’s toying with the fans, but the fans don’t know for certain due to the lack of disputing the report and it being off the record. Shanahan wants him to be in this pressed and uncomfortable position. He’s doing a great job too of sounding really sincere (even though it’s clearly quite fake and engineered so I think at least) and trying to sound like a good wholesome coach who is a really nice guy and probably getting taken advantage of by bullies that want to paint him as the bad guy of all people. Can you believe that?

    Well Shanahan wants you to believe that, and hopefully to even feel sorry for him. That would only anger Dan Snyder more.

  7. johnnyjagfan says: Dec 11, 2013 10:10 PM

    Ok. Ok. You’ve sniffed him out. Shamahan leaked. Ain’t $7M bad.

  8. brudog says: Dec 11, 2013 10:15 PM

    its obvious it was Schefter

  9. charlie2254 says: Dec 11, 2013 10:27 PM

    What a joke

  10. hartkirch says: Dec 11, 2013 11:00 PM

    Hey why don’t we get coverage of the salary cap reduction both Washington & Dallas

    are working under because they “over spent” the year the NFL “did not have a salary cap”

    but the NFL punished these teams because they did not go along with the “collusion cap”!

    It certainly has had an negative effect on both teams.

  11. eviltwin007 says: Dec 11, 2013 11:23 PM

    You know I would have paid good money to be in that room and hoping like hell that Shanahan came into the meeting room with all the players looking on, that Shanny in his best JJ Watt impersonation looked RG3rd string and say “SHUT YOU DOWN”!!!

  12. lagg1 says: Dec 12, 2013 12:36 AM

    I will reiterate my thoughts on the Washington franchise-“what a mess’!

  13. seachicken64 says: Dec 12, 2013 12:48 AM

    I smell a rat.

  14. hailvictory says: Dec 12, 2013 12:53 AM

    If he denied it, you’d say he was covering it up. He can’t win.

  15. joetoronto says: Dec 12, 2013 3:40 AM

    It’s no secret that he rat has always used the media, specifically Adam Schefter.

    If Schefter thinks the rat is about to get bounced, he’ll turn on him quicker than the rat would turn on Schefter.

  16. brooklyn40niner says: Dec 12, 2013 3:54 AM

    Instead of the Native American profile as Washington’s logo, they should use Shanny’s profile instead. It would end the Redskin name controversy cuz I mean look at the guy, his face is always red.

  17. kingpel says: Dec 12, 2013 4:01 AM

    I think the entire Redskin organization needs some “How to Handle the Media” classes in the off season.

  18. tubbman27 says: Dec 12, 2013 4:52 AM

    The game has passed the #redlobster by. Sad.

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