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Kyle Shanahan Apologizes for Post-Game Confrontation With Replacement Official

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    Comcast SportsNet cameras recorded Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan chasing a replacement official in the tunnel after Sunday’s 38-31 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals and unleashing a profane rant.

    Shanahan was upset about being penalized for trying to correct the officials.

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    Shanahan, the son of Washington head coach Mike Shanahan, was whistled for berating an official as the Redskins were attempting to drive for a tying touchdown, the Associated Press reported. After the Redskins drove to the Cincinnati 19 yard line, Robert Griffin III was sacked and then spiked the ball with 7 seconds remaining at Cincinnati's 34-yard line. Then tight end Fred Davis was called for a false start as the offense lined up for the next play.

    At least one official apparently indicated there would be a 10-second runoff because of the penalty, which would run out the clock. Cincinnati's coaches and players along the sideline then walked onto the field, thinking the game was over.

    “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,” Kyle Shanahan said in a statement. “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.”

    Add that 15 yards to the 5 yards for Davis’s penalties and the officials somehow got 25 yards, placing the ball back at the Washington 41 instead of the 46 for a last chance play at third-and-50.

    Afterward, Shanahan confronted an official. Comcast SportsNet posted video without audio due to the coach’s profanity:



    “I was frustrated, and in the process of trying to get some answers from the officials, I conducted myself in the wrong way,” his statement read. “I ask our players 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.”

    NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson is looking at Shanahan’s actions, the AP reported.