FENNO: Mike Shanahan’s empty words no salve to free-falling Redskins

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

In freezing rain, a few dozen soaked Redskins supporters clustered in the stands above the tunnel as Mike Shanahan strode off the slush-covered field.


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The fans waved goodbye. The coach’s face remained blank.

Each week, you believe the Redskins have finally scraped bottom. That a dumpster fire would remain adequate to describe this lost season. Then the next embarrassment rolls in for an organization so addicted to drama that you’d swear the involvement of a Kardashian is the next logical development.

And in front of an intimate gathering Sunday afternoon at FedEx Field, these Redskins proved things can get much worse in the 45-10 loss to the Chiefs.

This is a season and an organization without a bottom, where no reason remains to say this is as bad as things will get. Even at 3-10.

Not when Shanahan emerged a few minutes after the waves for a farcical 10-minute press conference that pointed to his impending exit from Washington.

Before the game, ESPN reported that Shanahan cleaned out his office before last season’s playoff game against the Seahawks and prepared to quit over frustrations about Daniel Snyder’s relationship with Robert Griffin III.

Shanahan could have ended this. Say the incident never happened. Say he had nothing to do with the leak. But he’s not immune to the organizational soap opera that seems without end — and, really, what he didn’t say spoke loudest.

These stories don’t pop up by accident or happenstance a few hours before a game in a season where the coach and his quarterback remain engaged in a months-long tug-of-war over who actually runs the franchise.

So, Shanahan stood at the podium and spewed empty words about taking responsibility for a team that, once again, couldn’t tackle or play special teams in anything approaching a professional manner.

“I’ll put that on me,” he said. “Any questions?”

Shanahan doesn’t shy from immediately and loudly correcting stories he doesn’t believe to be accurate, but he didn’t deny this report.

He interrupted, then refused to answer, a question about if he wants to coach the Redskins next season.

“Like I said, you can keep on talking about this,” Shanahan said. “I think I made my point. Any questions about football?”

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