Kyle Shanahan, new OC for the Falcons, refused to specify why he left the Browns. However, online bookmakers saw that he did have some good things to say about controversial QB Johnny Manziel, and there are many fans out there who believe that the player is getting a worse reputation than he deserves.
“Johnny’s a great guy, and I think he does get a little bit of a bad rep with that, because Johnny worked very hard for me,” said the OC. “I really enjoyed coaching him.”
The player recently entered a rehab center, and the QB’s fans know how important this move was for the player.
“I don’t know what he’s going through right now, but I think I’m confident Johnny will work it all out,” said Shanahan. “And I think he has a chance to have a good future.”
The OC asked to be released from his deal with the Browns, having two years left on his contract. The problems between the coaching staff and the front office were what allegedly led to him to part ways with the team, even though this wasn’t confirmed by him.
Shanahan was allegedly unhappy that the player was forced on him to become the team’s starting QB. Cleveland are also being investigated for rules violations after texts that were sent to the sidelines from the press box, and GM Ray Farmer in the middle of this probe.
The OC had nothing adverse to say about any problems involving his former team. He said that there were a lot of things about the Browns that he liked, something that made his decision to part ways with the team a tough one, and online bookmakers can fully understand this.
“You make some tough decisions, and Cleveland obviously was a tough decision for me,” said Shanahan.
“Nobody likes to be in the media. I’d rather just hide in the hole and never have to do this, ever. But it’s part of the business, and I understand that. But you can’t make decisions just based off of that. You’ve got to make decisions of what you think is best for you, what’s best for your family. If you believe it’s right, then you live with it. And you live with the consequences and you hope tough decisions end up working out.
“The fact that it’s led me to Atlanta and I’m in this situation right now, I couldn’t be any happier.”