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Need to Know: Shanahan expects quick resolution

Dec 24, 2013, 5:11 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, December 24, five days before the Washington Redskins visit the New York Giants.

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Five notes and quotes from Mike Shanahan’s Monday news conference:

1. As noted here yesterday, Shanahan said after the game that he thought there was a block in the back during Michael Spurlock’s 62-yard punt return. He said a look at the film confirmed it. “There’s no question it was, but hey, we’ve still got to – somebody else has to – make the play. Yeah, they [the officials] missed one there, but they’ll miss some on our side as well.”

2. Shanahan has said many times that he will meet with Daniel Snyder at the end of the season to determine his future. He was asked if he expected the meeting and resolution to happen quickly. “I’m sure it will,” he said. “But you’ll have to ask Dan to make sure. I can’t answer that.”

3. On the Redskins last play from scrimmage, Cousins’ fourth-down pass that only Fred Davis, who wasn’t in the game, could catch, it appeared that there was some confusion from the line. There was. On a critical play in the 15th game of the fourth season under this coaching staff, a 13-year veteran doesn’t know where he should be lining up. ““Well, he [Moss] should have been on the other side. Santana heard a different formation and he [Cousins] was trying to bring him across and we didn’t get it communicated.”

4. After saying that he prefers natural grass but the future of the FedEx playing surface is up to Snyder, Shanahan basically threw the FedEx grass under the bus. “Two or three years in a row, you see how bad that field is, it’s [field turf] something you would definitely look at.”

5. Even though there is absolutely nothing on the line on Sunday, Shanahan still won’t give some younger players a look during the Giants game. “Still the same – you’ve got to earn the right to play. If it’s really close or somebody has played a little bit better, regardless of who that person is, he’ll get a chance to play.”

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Timeline

Days until: Redskins @ Giants 5; Free agency starts 77; 2014 NFL Draft 135

Today’s schedule: Practice 11:50; Mike Shanahan and Kirk Cousins news conferences and player availability after practice (Note that this is the usual Wednesday schedule; they will take the usual Tuesday off day on Christmas Day)

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  1. Ray - Dec 24, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    Fire mike shannahan

    • mjw9326mjw9326 - Dec 25, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      Resolution should be short and sweet: call in The Donald to have him say, “You’re fired!”

  2. kenlinkins - Dec 24, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    It seems the Mike Shanahan Dog House will be in full effect until the end of the season for LeRibues, IMO the coach is unwilling to take the chance of LeRibues playing well, which would lead to questions of his management of the team, but I wonder if Gettis has shown anything in practice? Reports have him working his tail off and we have 2 of the worst OG in the NFL that he can not beat out. Doesn’t that point to a lack of development in coaching this guy up? (you can not have it both way coach). This team is a Hot Mess right now and IMO the owner must take steps to stop the madness, he must fire Mike Shanahan and his staff Sunday Night. ALSO, at 24-40, why does Mike Shanahan even think that the owner will even take a meeting with him to review the season, don’t the results speak for themselves? What reason’s could the coach give to explain the record and Drama that killed the Season of Hope. Just remember the feeling we all had after the last preseason game vs. now. (It was that field sir, we just could not play on that field it was so bad, even at the start of the season when Philly came here and we couldn’t stop them, it was the ghost of Fat Albert and McNabb that hurt us, and Davis taking naps in meetings and LeRibues being over weight sir, and you giving RG3 special treatment didn’t help our Game Plans, and to top it off 13 times this year the other team scored more points than us and you can not blame me or my staff for that can you sir?). Can you tell I no longer support this coach? Time to move on, IMO the Owner will fire him Sunday night before the plane lands back in DC!

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