Mike Shanahan protecting special teams coach from writers

Sep 29, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan stands on the sideline during action against the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Redskins defeated the Raiders 24-14. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Redskins special teams has come under fire this week. Last week, Dwayne Harris single-handedly beat Washington with his performance on special teams. Harris returned a punt 86-yards for a touchdown and a kick off for 90-yards that set up a Tony Romo touchdown pass. Harris single-handedly out-gained the entire Cowboys offense.

That has Washington special teams coach Keith Burns under fire, but head coach Mike Shanahan isn’t letting anyone talk to him.

“He’s not available any week,” Shanahan said, via Mark Maske of the Washington Post. “We do that with all our assistant coaches unless there’s something that a guy that you want to highlight or something like that, which we’ve talked about through the years. Same thing I did with Danny [Smith, the Redskins’ former special teams coach]. Same thing I’ve done with all our assistant coaches, . . .

“We do that so people can concentrate on their job.”

And Shanahan would prefer it if you asked him those questions.

“You can ask me any of those questions,” Shanahan. “That’s what I’m here for, to answer any question that you’d like. That’s why I have a press conference every day”

Topics: Mike Shanahan, Washington Redskins

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