Kyle Shanahan Will Never Let Us Forget How Much the Redskins Suck

Kyle Shanahan is leading the 49ers on a possible Super Bowl run, but he doesn't want us to ever forget how much the Redksins suck.
Posted in: Sports News
November 26, 2019 5:57 PM UTC
  • Kyle Shanahan is one of the best head coaches in the NFL today.
  • While leading the 49ers on a potential Super Bowl run, he still finds the time to remind people how much he dislikes the Redskins.
  • The Redskins fired him and his dad following the 2013 season. Years later, the Redskins are still searching for the right man for the job.

The road to success in any endeavor is never an easy one. There will always be challenges to overcome and tough decisions to make. But as the old saying goes: That which does not kill us only makes us stronger. For San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, that meant surviving the Washington Redskins.

He wasn’t there for long (2010-13). But he was there long enough to become jaded about the Redskins organization. It’s only natural, of course. The Redskins fired him and his dad. Who wouldn’t be jaded?

At this point, it is safe to say he has moved on. He is, after all, the head coach of the team to beat in the NFC. But from time to time, he likes to remind us that he loathes the Redskins with every fiber of his being.

It’s Subtle, But It’s Still a Savage Dig

Sometimes his disdain for the Redskins is clear and obvious. But others it is a little more subtle. Following Sunday night’s win over the Green Bay Packers, Shanahan had this to say to Peter King of NBC’s Football Morning in America:

Last year, never once throughout the year did you ever feel like the defense was against the offense or vice versa. Never once did I have an owner crushing me with, ‘Hey, we gotta change this guy.’

The comment came while Shanahan was discussing the quality of the organization that the 49ers have.

Maybe it’s nothing; maybe it’s just a comment made in the moment to help illustrate his point about the 49ers (who happen to be having a great season). But it very well could have been directed towards Dan Snyder, the Redskins owner – who is infamous for his meddling and questionable decisions.

Kyle Shanahan Isn’t Always So Subtle

Shanahan, while always proper and professional, has been more direct on other occasions. Before the 49ers game against the Redskins earlier this season, he had this to say when asked about his time in Washington:

There have been reports that Shanahan was part of the problem in Washington – which could help explain his disdain for the organization.

But he doesn’t really hold a grudge, does he? When asked at the same press conference if facing the Redskins was personal, he said:

It’s not my first time back [in Washington]. I’ve moved on in my life. It’s easy not to make it personal. The guys that it would be personal with don’t play in the game.

It may not be personal, but it sure must have felt good to beat the team that fired him – one of the league’s top coaches today – and his dad – one of the best coaches of all time – in one fell swoop.

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Travis graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, with a master's in Political Science. Prior to that, he attended IU Purdue in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he earned his bachelor's degree in Political Science and earned his first degree at Texas A & M in Galveston, TX, a BS in Maritime Administration. You can contact him on Twitter at @FatManWriting. Over the last few years, Travis has worked for several news-oriented sites that focused on sports, especially football, baseball, basketball, and to a lesser extent, boxing and MMA. Having grown up in the football-crazed state of Texas, football is his first love. According to his mother, he was more excited to watch NFL and college games as a baby than Sesame Street or Mickey Mouse. His passion for sports quickly spread to baseball (favorite team is the Houston Astros), basketball, and track and field as a kid. It wasn’t until his college years that he discovered the tremendous game of rugby. He currently lives in the United States in Indiana (is a basketball fan but hates going to the Indy 500) with his wife and two adorable kids.