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Kyle Shanahan basically says it’s all a bunch of lies

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Jim Harbaugh isn’t the only one firing back at the forked-tongue set.

Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan talked to reporters Thursday, effectively denying everything that’s been written about him lately, from the fact he didn’t want to work with his dad, to having too many of his buddies around to not having a relationship with Robert Griffin III.

(You’d think having a forked tongue would make you talk more slowly, but apparently not.)

I was definitely bothered by it,” Shanahan said, via John Keim of ESPN.com. “I never had somebody attack me personally so it definitely bothered me.”

He said the two coaches he brought with him from Houston (quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur and receivers coach Mike McDaniel) were there on their merits.

He also ripped people who ripped his play-calling, falling back on the old “never-played-the-game” standby that coaches love because no one possibly knows as much as they do about something as complicated as football.

“Not many people are educated enough to know what we’re doing, [but] I get that it’s part of the territory,” Shanahan said. “It’s bad play calling. It’s OK, I can look at it that way, too. When people attack stuff personally and say stuff about people who are good people who have earned their jobs and worked their tail off and people who are, . . . bitter, . . . I have zero respect for those people.”

He also said the notion he didn’t want to work with his father was 100 percent untrue, and while he was at it, he loved coaching Griffin.

“It sounds like there’s a report about everything now,” he said. “It’s pretty boring to talk about our three wins. So there’s a lot of stuff out there. Some things, there are partial truths to, but when it comes to working with Robert, no one works with Robert but myself and the QB coach and we love working with Robert. He’s great to coach.”

So there.

And if you don’t believe it, we’ll ask Judge Judy.

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52 Responses to “Kyle Shanahan basically says it’s all a bunch of lies”
  1. joetoronto says: Dec 19, 2013 5:19 PM

    “It’s a bunch of lies, daddy said so.”

  2. floratiotime says: Dec 19, 2013 5:23 PM

    Must be great to have a rich, important daddy.

  3. knowerofallthings says: Dec 19, 2013 5:24 PM

    what a circus

  4. weepingjebus says: Dec 19, 2013 5:24 PM

    I’ve never flown a plane either, but I know when one has crashed.

  5. operations666 says: Dec 19, 2013 5:29 PM

    Kyle actually isn’t bad. He’s not the problem on the Redskins. His dad is.

  6. meatcarroll says: Dec 19, 2013 5:29 PM

    “no one works with Robert but myself and the QB coach”

    Pretty much says it all right there.

  7. ravenswhat says: Dec 19, 2013 5:31 PM

    Right, is that why you’re having a press conference? If they are lies, you casually dismiss them, you don’t have a presser with your underlings as a power move.

  8. badmoonrison says: Dec 19, 2013 5:33 PM

    If its all a bunch of lies, then was he misquoted last week when he said he wanted out? I could have swore I read a story here quoting him as saying he wanted out of WASH. Im confused.

  9. raiderlyfe510 says: Dec 19, 2013 5:41 PM

    Replacing Kyle with Kubiak will set the Redskins on the right track.

  10. mcconne77 says: Dec 19, 2013 5:42 PM

    Just because someone is quoted as saying something, doesn’t mean it was actually said!

  11. thebadguyswon says: Dec 19, 2013 5:52 PM

    Kyle Shanahan.

    Born on third base. Thinks he hit a triple.

  12. arrowdead says: Dec 19, 2013 5:59 PM

    Kyle…..dude……listen to me….u arent that talented. I can play call better than u and gameplan as well….i have NFL Rewind…i see what u see.

  13. dcstinks says: Dec 19, 2013 6:05 PM

    Dude, Dont listen to the critics. You are doing a fine job!

    –Eagle Fans

  14. blackbug99 says: Dec 19, 2013 6:05 PM

    Kyle, there are thousands of fantasy players that know more about your team than you do!! Long live nepotism!!

  15. pooflingingmonkey says: Dec 19, 2013 6:06 PM

    Kyle and Kurt Scrottenheimer should start a support group for poor, abused, sons of a millionaire NFL Head Coaches.

    Cry me a river, Kyle. You’re awful.

  16. badmoonrison says: Dec 19, 2013 6:06 PM

    I was doing some research on this reporter Ian Rapoport and it seems he has a pattern of either putting out misquotes or outright lies, namely with his claim that Big Ben wanted to be traded and also this bogus or misquote with Kyle. And those were just the ones I found after looking for all of 5 minutes. Does anyone else know if this guy has a history of a lack of credibility? Just curious. It would be good to know for future reference.

  17. 6ball says: Dec 19, 2013 6:15 PM

    .

    ” not many people are educated enough to know what we’re doing ”

    Umm…. Losing?

    .

  18. seachicken64 says: Dec 19, 2013 6:16 PM

    I smell a rat.

  19. ziplock10 says: Dec 19, 2013 6:19 PM

    I really do miss Norval…

  20. syphermce says: Dec 19, 2013 6:22 PM

    If RGIII has a healthy offseason and healthy 2014 campaign, keep both Shanahan’s, sure up the O-Line and secondary, I guarantee you RGIII will be in the MVP talk next season. Getting rid of Shanahan will be the biggest mistake they could make at this point.

  21. commonsensedude says: Dec 19, 2013 6:22 PM

    I wish that the win-loss record the Skins have had over the four years that Kyle and his dad have been running the team (.387) – while having complete, top-to-bottom control of it – was a lie. I read it on all the sports pages and, man, do I wish somebody were just making it up.

    Even if all the reports are completely false, their poor results as coaches can’t be disputed or excused. Drama aside, it’s a bottom line business and they have lost many more games than they’ve won, both with and without RG3.

  22. sanzarq says: Dec 19, 2013 6:26 PM

    Hit the road, Jack – - I mean JERK!!

  23. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 19, 2013 6:27 PM

    “Not many people are educated enough to know what we’re doing
    __________________

    Yes but most people are educated enough to do basic math and understand that the record 3-11 is terrible.

    And educated enough to use basic logic and realize that those who engineered such a poor record may not be very good at their jobs.

  24. kinggw says: Dec 19, 2013 6:30 PM

    @badmoonrison

    First of all, love your handle, but if Rapoport lied and misquoted as much as you intimate, he wouldn’t have a job.

    Just because someone goes back on what they said doesn’t mean the quote or comment attributed to them wasn’t true. Also, both Roethlisberger and Shanahan don’t come off as bastions of integrity. And why did Roethlisberger apologize to the Rooney’s for a rumor that had no basis?

  25. jerrahsucks says: Dec 19, 2013 6:36 PM

    My God, his picture with that creep little beard, looks just like Todd Haley. PHEEEEW, neither one of those two clowns should be allowed near a football field.
    This statement has been endorsed by Big Ben , and Bobby G Me.

  26. badmoonrison says: Dec 19, 2013 6:49 PM

    @kinggw
    Ok, you could be right. It just seems we have been getting many conflicting reports from some of these reporters particularly all season long. Just smelled a little smoke coming from this Rapoport guy is all, thought there might be fire. And yes, Andre Rison was one of my all time favorite players. Never really got his due despite putting up Jerry Rice type numbers for many years.

  27. mogogo1 says: Dec 19, 2013 7:00 PM

    Kyle seems to clash with every QB that comes through there. The McNabb disaster was started by Kyle butting heads with him. Then he went to bat publicly for John Beck which was all kinds of awkward as Grossman beat him out, only to then disown Beck after he finally did get some starts and stunk. Now, he’s butting heads with RG3?

  28. lance19 says: Dec 19, 2013 7:22 PM

    weepingjebus

    I’ve never flown a plane either, but I know when one has crashed.

    ***************************************
    That’s cute, but not really the proper analogy.
    If you want to go with the plane example,
    it would need to be more like:

    “I’ve never flown a plane either, but I ‘m familiar enough with piloting that I know when a crash is
    pilot error.”

  29. rextraordinaire says: Dec 19, 2013 7:33 PM

    Ancient aliens man, they’re all Cowboys and Giants fans.

  30. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 19, 2013 7:41 PM

    The great thing about having a forked tongue is that you can speak out of both sides of your face at the same time. Multi tasking. Unless your face is paralyzed by cosmetic surgery, of course.

    Don’t look at me that way, I didn’t make any reference to Judge Judy.

  31. bennyb82 says: Dec 19, 2013 8:16 PM

    I think it would be an interesting experiment for a team to go through a season with absolutely no coaches. Leave the accountability completely on the players and have captains decide on plays.

  32. hawaiifunfnull says: Dec 19, 2013 8:19 PM

    pooflingingmonkey says:
    Dec 19, 2013 6:06 PM
    Kyle and Kurt Scrottenheimer should start a support group for poor, abused, sons of a millionaire NFL Head Coaches.

    Cry me a river, Kyle. You’re awful.

    * * * *
    Kurt might feel a little awkward in your support group. You could, however, invite his nephew, Brian, to join the group.

  33. therealsmiley says: Dec 19, 2013 8:27 PM

    Just ignore the noise Kyle. It serves no purpose and holds no value. Hail!!

  34. thereyougo2 says: Dec 19, 2013 8:28 PM

    Fire the defensive coordinator first then Kyle.

  35. dietrich43 says: Dec 19, 2013 8:42 PM

    How many jobs has he had that didn’t involve Dad? And don’t count Kubiak, he is part of that group.

  36. mrbigass says: Dec 19, 2013 9:05 PM

    I love Judge Judy……even though she scares me a little bit….

  37. wishingtonredslur says: Dec 19, 2013 9:20 PM

    Those people might have a negative integer of respect for you too. Spoon fed.

  38. raiderapologist says: Dec 19, 2013 9:34 PM

    The only thing I head that mattered was “three wins”.

  39. brava66 says: Dec 19, 2013 10:02 PM

    Perhaps K. Shan realized that no one is knocking down the door for his services elsewhere and now is trying to keep his current gig.

  40. tremoluxman says: Dec 19, 2013 10:11 PM

    Your record says what you are. Just like my Vikings stink this year. It’s part coaching, part players. Good players who play well and consistently make coaches look like geniuses. And lousy players make good coaches look like idiots.

  41. PriorKnowledge says: Dec 19, 2013 11:10 PM

    None of Albert Einstein’s children were physicists.

  42. yevrag3535 says: Dec 19, 2013 11:14 PM

    Fail to the dead skins, like always. Maybe next year, or next 8 years to maybe 8 & 8….. Love it you stink with no help coming.

  43. ugadogs21 says: Dec 19, 2013 11:50 PM

    I would not be surprised if RG is the one that gets traded. He’s a great athlete that when healthy can pass and run equally well but the fact of the matter is Kirk Cousins is the best qb on that team. And RG knows it.

  44. thirdistheworrd says: Dec 20, 2013 12:30 AM

    dietrich43 says: Dec 19, 2013 8:42 PM

    How many jobs has he had that didn’t involve Dad? And don’t count Kubiak, he is part of that group.
    _________
    Even if Kubiak is, which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, the answer is two. Still, the idea that Kyle Shanahan can’t get a job on his own merits is kind of silly. Before he took over as the Texans OC, they ranked 15th in the league in Offense, in his first year, they jumped up to 4th. In his second year, they were 3rd and number one in passing.

    During his Texans stint, his name was floated around in some head coaching discussions. Not seriously, he had no chance at an actual HC job, but the name was out there. This year was an unmitigated disaster for the Redskins, but despite all the deserved negative press, they’re still 9th in the league in total offense.

  45. blakeden says: Dec 20, 2013 9:17 AM

    The Redskins have won 3 games……We live in a society that says 3 wins someone has failed. When you make millions yearly someone must be accountable. The owner willn’t fire himself, you don’t fire your franchise QB…..So guess what Kyle your expendable…Because I’m not a football guy like you I can sure tell the difference between good play calling and just going through the motions. You and Jerry Jones son should start a club called
    “we are here because of our dads”

  46. spark65 says: Dec 20, 2013 12:14 PM

    Why is this okay?

    “Jim Harbaugh isn’t the only one firing back at the forked-tongue set.”

    …and this is not?

    ‘ESPN Uses “Chink in the Armor” Line Twice UPDATE- ESPN Fires One Employee Suspends Another’

  47. thirdistheworrd says: Dec 20, 2013 12:25 PM

    dietrich43 says: Dec 19, 2013 8:42 PM

    How many jobs has he had that didn’t involve Dad? And don’t count Kubiak, he is part of that group.
    _________
    me:
    Even if Kubiak is, which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, the answer is two. Still, the idea that Kyle Shanahan can’t get a job on his own merits is kind of silly. Before he took over as the Texans OC, they ranked 15th in the league in Offense, in his first year, they jumped up to 4th. In his second year, they were 3rd and number one in passing.

    During his Texans stint, his name was floated around in some head coaching discussions. Not seriously, he had no chance at an actual HC job, but the name was out there. This year was an unmitigated disaster for the Redskins, but despite all the deserved negative press, they’re still 9th in the league in total offense.
    ______________________
    Not really sure how this can get a thumbs down. Everyone is always asking about Kyle Shanahan’s credentials as a coordinator, this is the factual answer. That doesn’t mean he’s good, or he’s the answer, it’s just a statement of fact.

    That is to say, Mike Shanahan hired a successful, NFL caliber assistant coach to be his OC, just because that man happens to be his son, is no evidence of nepotism or lack of qualification on Kyle’s end. If Mike hires Marvin Shanahan, strength and conditioning coach at Southeast Goober State to be his OC, that’s nepotism.. Well really more idiocy than nepotism, but you get the point.

  48. azulyvenonoso says: Dec 20, 2013 1:54 PM

    He sounds like the dad who tells his kids that their dog isn’t dead, he’s just sleeping.

  49. raiderapologist says: Dec 20, 2013 10:32 PM

    Ed Reed thinks Kyle Shanarat is a genius.

  50. timaug says: Dec 21, 2013 1:51 AM

    The redskins will never be winners with rg3 as qb.
    rg3 was a 5th or 6th round pick.
    NOT A FIRST ROUND PICK.
    Snyder blew that first round pick.
    Won’t recover from that.

  51. rainsarge says: Dec 23, 2013 3:10 PM

    I don’t think Kyle play calling is the problem. It’s his personality. As a guy who never was on the field as a player he doesn’t seem to understand what it takes to execute a play. He will consistently prefer players who run the play he drew up the way he imagined it over a player who makes something happen with the play he drew up. That was his problem with Mcnabb. Mcnabb would just go out and make something happen. Kyle hated that. He’d rather have an interception on the play he designed than a TD on something improvised.

    Is it just me or do Shannahan seems to have a thing for skinny QBs they indirectly called Mcnabb fat, preferred Beck to pleasantly plump Grossman drafted lean RG3 and skinny Kirk cousins?

  52. msb304 says: Dec 30, 2013 2:40 AM

    Being 9th in total offense is a bit misleading. When you are down 21 points and defenses go into that dreaded “Prevent” defense your yardage can only go up. The play calling was horrible. It was like “in game” training for RG3. Calling most all plays for him to stand in the pocket and get the snot knocked out of him is ridiculous. If he was not physically able to play HIS game then he was not ready to play. This season was written off as soon as they decided to play him and to try to make a pocket passer out of a scrambler using the games as practice sessions. So you bench him to protect him from what you are paying him to do. Wish my boss had that same approach.

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