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Shanahan still won’t deny ESPN report

Dec 12, 2013, 10:55 AM EDT

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Amidst all of the talk of quarterback changes and end of season meetings with the owner, the lead story that came out of Mike Shanahan’s press conference on Wednesday got buried.

Given a third chance to deny an ESPN report that was on the verge of quitting at the end of the 2012 season, Shanahan again did not do so.

Here is what he said when asked about the report, which came out Sunday:

“What I said is there’s always bits and pieces of an article that are true. I’m not going to go into detail what was true about the article. I don’t think it’s fair to the organization and I would speak to that person first before I would speak to anybody else. But when you get partial truths – and I’m not one to say somebody is lying or this isn’t reported correctly – but I’ve heard that my whole life.”

Actually, Shanahan already addressed one of the “bits and pieces” of the article. He denied that he cleaned out his office prior to the payoff game against Seattle, saying that “I’ve got two notebooks and I’ve got an iPad” to clean out any way.

So why address a small detail of the story and then leave the big question—was he about to quit—floating around out there? The rest of the story really doesn’t matter. Was he about to pack it in or wasn’t he?

Shanahan gave similar answers to requests that he confirm or deny the ESPN story after the Chiefs game on Sunday and then again during his news conference on Monday. That question will continue to hang out there, apparently for as long as Shanahan deems it to be necessary to what appears to be his end game.

  1. Beede Haile - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    I’m starting to think the media is just getting out of control. Would it make you go to sleep at night if you find out he almost left last year? All that matters is he is here now. There is always a story that the DC media brings out to hurt this team. And I’m starting to think it’s the main reason the team is struggling because they can’t trust each other with all the news out there.

    • Rich Tandler - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:05 AM

      Just for clarification here, the “DC media” has not broken any of these stories. They have come from Dan Graziano, NY Giants reporter for ESPN.com, Mike Silver of the NFL Network, and others outside of the area. And I also think we have a classic case of shooting the messenger here.

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