LANDOVER, Md. (CBSDC) — Mike Shanahan said the Washington Redskins hadn’t been dominated like that since he took over as head coach of the franchise four seasons ago.
Monday night’s 27-6 drubbing at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers only served to compound frustrations that have been mounting over the course of a bitterly disappointing season.
On Sunday, the NFL Network reported Robert Griffin III asked coaches not to show his bad plays on the board during film review sessions.
Shanahan was quick to debunk the report, saying it was “absolutely untrue.”
A touch over 24 hours after it was published, Griffin looked anything other than the second-overall draft pick that guided Washington to its first division title in more than a decade just a season ago.
Griffin completed 17 of 27 passing attempts for 127 yards with an interception on a night the Redskins offense was kept out of the end zone and produced just two scoring drives.
But the report was not a factor in the loss according to Shanahan.
“It really doesn’t bother the players,” he said. “They understand, in fact I talked about it after the Philly game, just like this game. There’s going to be a lot of things that are going on and what our football has to focus is on the job at hand. … We understand what comes with losing. It’s part of the job. You’re expected to win and when you do go through adversity it’s going to be tough. It’s tough on everybody.”
Griffin did not address the report until after Monday’s loss with his father looking on during his postgame press conference.
“It’s false. That’s why I didn’t respond to it,” said Griffin. “There’s no need to respond to untrue things. Just to echo what coach said, it’s completely false and people are trying to character assassinate me and it’s unfortunate.”
Asked why people were trying to assassinate his character he said: “I don’t know. I can’t say why.”