WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Jason La Canfora has played an integral role as of late in running interference to reports indicating Mike Shanahan wanted to quit in 2012, due to Dan Snyder’s perceived close relationship with RGIII.
On Wednesday, La Canfora, a former Skins’ reporter, preempted Mike Shanahan’s Oscar-worthy press conference – in which Shanahan said the decision to sit RGIII was one made unanimously by the organization – by saying Shanahan has had complete autonomy over organizational decisions since arriving in Washington.
“People in that building know just how much control Shanahan had,” La Canfora said.
On Friday, La Canfora continued his assault on Shanahan’s credibility, outlining the roster moves the head coach absolutely signed off on, including the drafting RGIII, which conflicting reports have attributed as being a Snyder decision.
Sunday morning, La Canfora was back at it again.
In a report citing current and former members of the organization, La Canfora painted a picture showing offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan as secretly being in charge of the team, with his father, head coach Mike Shanahan, empowering him to make personnel decisions including hiring the coaching staff.
“Kyle is the head coach, it’s just that no one knows he is,” a member of the organization told La Canfora. “He gets whatever he wants. And he has no relationship at all with [quarterback Robert Griffin III]. So how could it work?”
“Kyle bitches about everything,” a former member of the organization told La Canfora. “And then his father has to fix it. He bitches about the food in the cafeteria, he bitches about the field, he bitches about the equipment. He complains and then Mike takes care of it. Kyle is a big problem there. He is not well liked.”
“This is the NFL, it’s not supposed to be a training ground for coaches,” La Canfora cited someone who’s worked with Kyle Shanahan in Washington, of the perceived cronyism.
“It’s ridiculous. Look at this staff. It sucks. Mike’s best buddy is (longtime Shanahan assistant and current linebackers coach Bob Slowik), and Slowik’s son is in his second year out of college and he’s on the staff. Everyone on the staff is in his first or second year except for Mike and Kyle and Haslett (defensive coordinator Jim Haslett) and Raheem (Morris, the secondary coach), and everyone knows Raheem is there because he is close with Kyle. Those two go way back.”
If a Shanahan (although it’s not clear which one) is believed to be behind the leaked report about Mike Shanahan wanting to quit in 2012, then it’s clear someone within the organization is interested in setting the record straight about that, and a few other things.