Not that he provided clarity to the ongoing saga. If anything, the situation got more confusing.
The Redskins offensive coordinator said Fletcher Smith’s comments were “disturbing,” so he spoke “face-to-face, man-to-man” with McNabb Thursday night at Redskins Park. He said the 12-year veteran told him that the claims made by his agent were untrue.
Smith said in a statement Thursday that the “tension” between the quarterback and the Washington coaches is due to McNabb’s suggestions for improving the Redskins’ offense.
“When I talked to Donovan, he said he didn’t say any of that,” Shanahan said during his weekly television interview on CSN Washington. “I’m like, ‘well, your agent did, which to me is you.’ He said he didn’t agree with any of that, that those words didn’t come out of his mouth and that he didn’t tell his agent that stuff. So all I can go off of is what Donovan tells me.
“We’ve never had a confrontation all year. We’ve never had an argument. Everything’s been good, so it is really a different situation to hear that stuff, but when I cleared it up with him, I’ve got to go with the reality of what two guys between us talk about.”
Smith said in a statement Thursday that the Shanahan, and his father, coach Mike Shanahan, have made comments that go beyond disrespectful and that were “unprecedented for a six-time Pro Bowl quarterback such as Donovan.”
The agent stood by his comments on Friday.
“Donovan and I talk constantly and have done so with more frequency during this season. We are absolutely on the same page. I standby my statement and will reserve any further comments until after I have had a chance to speak, directly, with coach Shanahan.” Smith said in a statement.
“Zero,” said Shanahan when asked if there was any truth to the assertion.
Smith also alleged that Shanahan ignored McNabb’s suggestions when it came to making changes in the offense, specifically more use of screen passes, adding that “ironically, Kyle decided to employ Donovan’s suggestions after he unceremoniously benched him on Sunday.” Rex Grossman started for the Redskins Sunday against Dallas.
“That quote was entertaining,” said Shanahan. “Asking Donovan about that, he nor I remember that conversation. To hear that we had a different offense for Rex is a joke. We ran six screens versus Dallas. We have ran five or six screens in every game since our bye week. I really have no idea what he’s talking about, and it’s completely inaccurate.”
McNabb, 34, was listed as the No. 2 quarterback during the Redskins’ 33-30 loss to Dallas and is expected to the No. 3 quarterback for the final two games. Earlier in the week McNabb said he felt “disrespected” by the way he was benched and demoted.
On Friday McNabb declined to comment when approached by reporters other than to confirm he did speak with Kyle Shanahan.View Entire Story
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