Redskins coach Mike Shanahan has a few verbal crutches. You cover a man for six years, you get to know them well.
"Setback" is a favorite of his. "Anytime" prefaces a lot of his sentences. He did it five times on Wednesday. One of his other favorites that amused the Broncos media corps for a long time when he was coaching in Denver was when he'd start an answer with "to be honest with you."
"To be honest with you," Shanahan said on Wednesday, discussing benching quarterback Robert Griffin III for Kirk Cousins, "as I’ve stated before, I wanted to give Robert as many reps as he possibly could have."
That was always a humorous one, because what did it mean the rest of the time when he didn't say it?
On Wednesday he had a pretty good punchline when answering one of many questions on the Redskins' quarterback situation.
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"What I’m trying to do is be as honest as I can, and I don’t normally do that because I don’t really think it’s anybody’s business except the guys in our locker room,"