Redskins notes: Fourth-down call easy

Redskins notes: Fourth-down call easy
December 27, 2010, 10:48 pm
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Monday, December 27, 2010, 5:47 p.m.

By Ryan OHalloran
Staff writer


Leftovers from the Redskins 20-17 overtime win at Jacksonville on Sunday and coach Mike Shanahans Monday press conference:

(HED)Fourth-and-1 = no brainer
Redskins players werent surprised Shanahan opted to go for it on fourth-and-goal from the half-yard line in the fourth quarter Sunday. And they should have not been surprised..

The chances are, fourth and one, Ill be going for it 90 percent of the time, Shanahan said. Thats just me. Thats my personality.

The Redskins scored on Ryan Torains touchdown run to cap a 14-play, 78-yard drive.

If you dont make it, I have confidence in our defense that if we can stop them in three plays, well get the ball in position to kick a field goal at least one first down later, Shanahan said.

The Redskins are 6-of-10 on fourth down this year but most of those situations came in end-of-game drives when it was a no-brainer.

Injury report
Shanahan wouldnt reveal if he thinks linebacker Brian Orakpo (hamstringgroin) or cornerback Carlos Rogers (calf) would be ready for Sunday.

Ill keep my fingers crossed theyll be able to go, he said. With Carlos, theres more of a question mark than Orakpo from our trainers opinions.

The Redskins have placed 13 players on injured reserve this year, by far the highest total of the last five years. Seven players apiece were on IR in 2008-09 and 2006 and eight in the 2006 season.

Pleased for Gano
In his first field goal attempts since missing two of three kicks against Tampa Bay, Graham Gano was 2-of-2 against the Jaguars.

I was really proud of him because of the conditions, Shanahan said. If you were down on that football field, you know how that wind was swirling and he had a lot of pressure on him to kick that kick in the first quarter and then to come back and kick the game-winning kick shows the kind of toughness he does have.

Gano enters the final week 24-of-34 in his first full season.

Quick kicks
With three overtime wins this year, the Redskins have set a franchise record and are one win shy of tying the NFL record of four set by the 2003 Carolina team. The Redskins four overtime games are one shy of the record set by Green Bay 27 years ago.

Jacksonville entered with a league-low 14 three-and-out offensive possessions (11 fewer than any other team) but the Redskins defense forced four three-and-out series on Sunday.

Shanahan said he has not spoken with Fletcher Smith, the agent for benched quarterback Donovan McNabb. If a meeting happens, its going to be on Shanahans turf.. I told him when he was down here in this area, if he wants to meet here, I would love to sit with him one-on-one, he said. Shanahan said the Smith-Redskins flap is a soap opera. You hate to see different quotes go out thats why I try to stay away from it unless somebody documents something, he said.

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