Deion Disputes Wilbon Claim Of Shanahan Racism

After his decision to bench Donovan McNabb in favor of Rex Grossman on Oct. 31 against the Detroit Lions, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan gave his reasoning for making the move with these postgame comments:

Kyle Shanahan and Donovan McNabb

“I felt with the time, with no timeouts, Rex gave us the best chance to win in that scenario. Everything is sped up when you don’t have timeouts. It’s got to be automatic. People forget how quick things are in that two minutes. It’s like learning a new language.

“Are you asking me if we played poorly? Yes, we did.”

After the game, Jamie Mottram posted the above photo of a seemingly perplexed Redskins Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan as he was apparently looking at McNabb during the Redskins-Lions game.

Dan Steinberg of the WASHINGTON POST following up Mottram’s screen shot with a link to this video:

In the brief clip, while watching McNabb run the Washington offense against Detroit, Shanahan said, “What the hell?

The next day McNabb’s replacement, Rex Grossman, told the media that he called his own plays for the two drives he was in the game.’s Ryan O’Halloran subsequently reported,”it doesn’t appear McNabb has such freedom.

Though there does seem to be some circumstantial evidence to suggest that perhaps McNabb is not completely up to speed on the Redskins offense, regarding Shanahan’s postgame defense for McNabb’s benching …

Most Likely: Mike Shanahan was covering his own a– for his horrific coaching manuever

Less Likely: Mike Shanahan was covering for son Kyle advocating a horrific coaching manuever

Least Likely: Mike Shanahan has trust in Rex Grossman’s abilities

Unlikely: Mike Shanahan was completely honest in his explanation for McNabb’s benching

From there, Mike Shanahan only made things worse for himself.

From Jason Reid of the WASHINGTON POST on Nov. 1:

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that Donovan McNabb’s lingering injuries played a role in the coach’s decision to bench his starting quarterback Sunday.

… But McNabb wasn’t able to fully practice and Shanahan said that from a “cardiovascular standpoint,” McNabb couldn’t handle the fast-paced two-minute offense.

The next day, Michael Wilbon wrote this in the WASHINGTON POST:

“Look, I’ve long ago declared my bias toward McNabb and I’m not going to spin away from it now. McNabb, though, hasn’t played all that well and has said so. He wasn’t particularly effective Sunday in Detroit, either.

“And indications are now that the Shanahans, father and son, don’t much like the way McNabb prepares for games. Mike’s assertion makes it sound like McNabb is some dummy, an ominous characterization he’d better be careful about, lest he run into some cultural trouble in greater Washington, D.C.”

Wilbon’s Tuesday column, as noted by Steinberg in the Washington Post, was followed the same day by stronger comments from David Aldridge and John Thompson II on DC’s ESPN 980 that echoed Wilbon’s implication that race may have been a factor in McNabb’s benching.

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Broncos Coach Mike Shanahan Faces Off Against Son In Thursday Game Vs Texans

SHANAHAN’S SON STAYING SILENT BEFORE GAME VS. DAD: Thursday night’s NFL game between Denver and Houston will be a family affair:

Mike & Kyle Shanahan

The DENVER POST points out that Broncos coach Mike Shanahan will be facing off against his son, Kyle, who happens to be the quarterbacks coach for the Texans.But it won’t be all smiles & hugs when the two meet up pre-game. Kyle believes he can’t be too warm & friendly with dear ol’ dad, since their may be some ulterior motives to Mike’s fatherly concern:

I can’t talk to him. He’s not going to squeeze anything out of me — I know he’ll try. I don’t trust him. He’ll act like he doesn’t want to talk about the game, but he’ll try to get something from me.”

Denver Broncos family

Such competitive nature also means Kyle will be mum with his mum: “I’m not going to talk to my mom, either — he may be using her to try to get something out of me.”Should be a pleasant time at the next family reunion.

But there is a league-wide buzz about Shanahan’s chip off the ol’ block, as some in the know wouldn’t be surprised if Kyle ends up as a head coach. Texans leader Gary Kubiak believes the younger Shanahan has the skills & motivation to be top dog someday: “The one thing I know about Kyle is he’s made up like his old man — he’s a driven sucker.”

Who knows - he may even take pop’s place at Mile High.