During his Monday press conference, Mike Shanahan seemed to give wide receiver Pierre Garçon a pass for drawing a penalty after he kicked a ball in frustration during the Redskins’ loss to the Giants.
He made a joke and then took the opportunity to praise Garçon when he was asked about it on Monday.
“Pierre kicking that ball, even though it didn’t cost us – No. 1 it was one of the best kicks I’ve ever seen, I’ve never seen a ball go that far – but on the serious side he’s one of the most fierce competitors I’ve been around,” said Shanahan. “If I get everybody playing like him, you won’t need coaches.”
When the subject came up again on Wednesday, Shanahan took a harder line.
“I can guarantee you that will never happen again with Pierre. I don’t think I need to go much further than that.”
A reporter alluded to Shanahan’s Monday comments about Garçon’s competitiveness.
“You can’t, regardless of how competitive you are, you can’t put your team at disadvantage and do something like that,” said Shanahan. “Thankfully it was a five-yard penalty with the field goal and it didn’t matter, but so many times they are the difference between winning and losing.”
As it was, Garçon’s hard boot sailed harmlessly through the air. Had it hit an opposing player or, worse, an official, the consequences would have been much more severe.
Garçon has committed only four penalties this year and none of them prior to last Sunday involved anything that took place after the whistle. But with frustration over the team’s disappointing season mounting, it will be interesting to see how Garçon channels his competitive spirit.