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No Hard Knocks for Redskins

Mike Shanahan

Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan attends Stanford’s pro day for representatives of NFL football teams in Stanford, Calif., Thursday, March 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)


In this craziest of NFL offseasons, only a small handful of teams make sense for the annual Hard Knocks assignment: the Jets, Saints, Broncos, Colts, and Redskins.

Cross the Redskins off the list.

Appearing on Wednesday’s PFT Live, coach Mike Shanahan said that he’s not inclined to open the doors to cameras and microphones, because it keeps coaches and players from being themselves. He said that he declined an opportunity to do it in Denver during the first year of the series.

“I just didn’t feel comfortable with being in that situation,” Shanahan said. “You know, I can’t be myself. I don’t think coaches can be their self and I’d like players to concentrate on their job. I don’t know if it’s old school or what. You know, for me I just didn’t feel comfortable with that atmosphere.”

Shanahan said that a request hasn’t come for 2012. Given his past position, it probably won’t.

For a full look at everything Shanahan had to say, here’s the entire transcript.