49ers' Kyle Shanahan Rips Redskins When Asked About Coaching in Washington

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistOctober 16, 2019

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Head coach Kyle Shanahan of the San Francisco 49ers walks down the sidelines during the second half against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Levi's Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
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Kyle Shanahan doesn't have fond memories from the four years he spent as the Washington Redskins offensive coordinator.

With the San Francisco 49ers set to play the Redskins on Sunday, Shanahan reflected on his tenure in the nation's capital. He told reporters getting to work with his dad, some good coaches and other good people—including many of the players—were highlights, adding the worst part of working in Washington was "everything else."

Mike Shanahan assembled a formidable staff with the Redskins. In addition to his son, Sean McVay and Matt LaFleur have become head coaches. The team still managed to have losing seasons in three of Shanahan's four years, and in Washington's one playoff trip, Robert Griffin III suffered a career-altering knee injury in a Wild Card Round loss. 

During an August 2017 interview with the Washington Post's Kent Babb, Kyle Shanahan alluded to issues behind the scenes in Washington.

"I was very proud of what we did there, especially under some circumstances that weren't the easiest," he said. "... Stuff that I think everyone can figure out on their own."

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported in December 2013 the younger Shanahan "has not endeared himself to others on the staff and within Redskins Park," adding he "was a cause of internal strife, surrounding himself with young coaches with inferior experience, and allowing for no checks and balances of outside voices in the offensive coaching rooms."

As the coach's son, Shanahan was an easy target in a 2013 season that ended with the Redskins going 3-13. He has since answered his skeptics by thriving in new surroundings. 

The 39-year-old was the Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator when they reached Super Bowl LI, and the San Francisco 49ers have started 5-0 in his third year as head coach.

The Redskins, meanwhile, have posted two winning records since firing Mike Shanahan in December 2013.

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