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Kyle Shanahan: ‘I Conducted Myself In The Wrong Way’ At End Of Game

By ZAC BOYER

zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

(Originally posted 9/24/12, 1:07 p.m.; Updated 9/24/12, 11:32 p.m.)

ASHBURN – Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan issued a statement Monday afternoon explaining his actions at the end of Sunday’s game against Cincinnati.

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Shanahan was given an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the final seconds of the Redskins’ 38-31 loss to the Bengals for arguing with head linesman Toney Brasuell. Shanahan appeared upset that the officials struggled with their management of the end of the game as Washington was driving and attempting to tie the score.

Comcast SportsNet, which televises the Redskins’ post-game show, later caught Shanahan running after and yelling at umpire Darin Stiers as he headed to the locker room.

“When I overheard the official tell the head coach that the game was over after the false start penalty, I tried to explain that the game was not over,” Shanahan’s statement read. “That is what resulted in the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. I tried to get an explanation of how I could get that penalty when half of the other team was on the field as well.

“I was frustrated, and in the process of trying to get some answers from the officials, I conducted myself in the wrong way. I ask our plays to hold themselves to a high standard and be accountable and I know that I’m accountable for my actions as well.

“I know that I need to handle those situations better in the future. My emotions got the best of me and I know it’s my responsibility. This will never happen again.”

Quarterback Robert Griffin III was sacked for a 15-yard loss with roughly 20 seconds remaining before the Redskins spiked the ball to stop the clock with seven seconds left. Tight end Fred Davis was then called for a false start, and Cincinnati players and coaches errantly assumed it would lead to a 10-second runoff on the clock and end the game.

Several walked onto the field, including cornerback Adam Jones, who congratulated Griffin and shook his hand. Shanahan then began yelling at Brasuell as the Bengals were slow getting off the field for the resumption of play.

Officials then marked off 20 yards, instead of 15, for the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, leaving the Redskins to try a last-second heave on a third-and-50 from their own 41-yard line.

An NFL spokesman said the league “will review the Kyle Shanahan incident,” with a fine the most likely outcome. He also confirmed the measurement was in error and said the officials “correctly managed the clock at the end of the game.”

Head coach Mike Shanahan said he was the one who insisted Kyle Shanahan, his son, issue a statement on the situation rather than speaking about it because of a team policy only allowing coordinators to speak on Thursdays.

But Mike Shanahan did admit that he was also incensed about the matter because he, too, was trying not only to point out the officials’ errors, but also that a significant number of Bengals coaches and players were on the field.

“I was very, very strong with my words to the official in letting him know that was the end of the game,” Mike Shanahan said. “Now, [do you let] cooler heads prevail, or are you trying to get one more play and explain what the rules are in the National Football League? You guys can evaluate that and come up with your opinions, but I was very upset at that time as well.”

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