Mike Shanahan expresses disappointment over Niles Paul’s critical comments about Redskins’ special teams


Niles Paul said Sunday the Redskins have too many players on special teams who think they’re too good for those duties. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Coach Mike Shanahan said he was disappointed with critical comments that tight end Niles Paul made after Sunday’s game about the Washington Redskins’ special teams.

“I’m surprised Niles Paul would say that, to start with,” Shanahan said Monday. “Once you start playing a perfect game, you can start critiquing other players. So yeah, that does disappoint me he would say something like that.”

Paul, a key special teams player for the Redskins, called the special teams “terrible” after the club surrendered first-half touchdowns on punt and kickoff returns in Sunday’s 45-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Paul also said the Redskins have too many players on their special teams unit who “think that they’re too good” to be playing special teams.

“I’m not a starter on this team,” Paul said Sunday. “My role is largely playing on special teams. So I take pride in [how] I played and what I do on special teams. And people can blame and say it’s a coach thing. But it’s not a coaching thing. It’s an effort thing and it’s from each player, each individual. Eleven people out there have to want to make a tackle, have to want to make a play, have to want to make a block. And that’s not happening right now and that’s why we are terrible on special teams.”

 

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.

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