Kyle Shanahan disputes reports about Redskins

Kyle Shanahan disputes reports about Redskins
December 19, 2013, 5:30 pm
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Two days after a Bleacher Report article described Robert Griffin III as hardheaded and stubborn, Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan disputed those assertions. 

“I think Robert is very coachable,” Shanahan said Thursday at Redskins Park. “He came out of a system that wasn’t really similar to ones in the NFL. He’s been awesome to work with since we’ve gotten him. He’s tried everything we’ve asked him to do. He’s gotten better in a lot of areas. We’ve asked him to do things that he hadn’t done until he got here. I think he did a hell of a job with that stuff last year. He continued to grow this year.”

After taking a step backward as a sophomore, Griffin was shut down with three games remaining. The Redskins said they wanted to ensure he would remain healthy entering the offseason. 

Asked why he thinks there’s a perception that Griffin is not coachable, Shanahan said he did not know.

“It sounds like really there’s a report about everything right now,” Shanahan said. “I think it’s pretty boring to talk about our three wins. Not much going on, so there’s a lot of stuff out there. There’s a report out on everything. Some things there’s partial truths to, but when it comes to working with Robert, nobody works with Robert except for myself and the quarterback coach, and we love working with Robert. He’s great to coach.”

Shanahan also dismissed a report that he no longer wants to work for his father, head coach Mike Shanahan. On Sunday morning, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport wrote on Twitter, “Kyle Shanahan decided it is no longer worth it to work with his father. Expect him on his own path next year.”

“Well, I do know what I can do on my own,” the younger Shanahan said in response to a question about the report. “I was on my own before I came here. I was a coordinator for two years [with the Texans] before I came here. I do know what I can do on my own.”

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Asked if he expects to return in 2014, Shanahan added: “That won’t be up to me. That’ll be up to our owner to decide if he wants us here. But to say …that I want to distance myself from my father is totally untrue. I came here with a goal to win here, and I’ll keep trying to do that until they don’t want us here.”