All the losing in Washington has taken its toll. Robert Griffin III, the Redskins' presumed franchise quarterback, has been benched. Coach Mike Shanahan may or may not have tried to get himself fired, but with a year and $7 million left on his contract, he also has no intentions of resigning.
And his son, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, hasn't escaped criticism. There has been the reported friction between him and RG3, and a team source told CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora that Shanahan is something of an entitled, spoiled brat.
On Thursday, apparently fed up with it all, the younger Shanahan fired back.
"I was definitely bothered by it," Shanahan said, via ESPN's John Keim. "I never had somebody attack me personally so it definitely bothered me."
Shanahan also took issue with those who question his play-calling even though Washington's offense ranks 22nd in the league, according to Football Outsiders (6th in rushing, 26th in passing).
"Not many people are educated enough to know what we're doing," he said, "[but] I get that it's part of the territory. It's bad play calling. It's OK, I can look at it that way, too. When people attack stuff personally and say stuff about people who are good people who have earned their jobs and worked their tail off and people who are ... bitter... I have zero respect for those people."
Shanahan said the goal in DC remains the same as when he arrived in 2010: "To win and I'll keep trying to do that until they don't want us here. I'm going to coach here until I'm told I can't anymore."
Then he debunked one final report, this one from Bleacher Report that claimed RG3 was unreceptive to coaching.
"Robert's very coachable," Shanahan said. "He came out of a system that wasn't similar to ones in the NFL. He's been awesome to work with since we got him. He's tried everything we asked him to do. We asked him to do things that he hadn't done before until he got here. He did a hell of a job with that stuff last year.
"It sounds like there's a report about everything now. It's pretty boring to talk about our three wins. So there's a lot of stuff out there. Some things, there are partial truths to, but when it comes to working with Robert, no one works with Robert but myself and the QB coach and we love working with Robert. He's great to coach."
Shanahan's exactly right about the losing. It leads to all sorts of things -- most of them bad -- including anonymous reports. As we wrote Wednesday, on one hand, anonymous sources are important; they provide behind-the-scenes insights that wouldn't otherwise come to light. But they're also not the end-all, be-all. In Washington, where leaks are a daily occurrence, the truth is scarce and obfuscation seems to be the goal. And, really, that benefits no one.