Shanahan says Redskins are tuning out distractions

Shanahan says Redskins are tuning out distractions
December 17, 2013, 10:15 am
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Darrell Green questions Redskins coaching staff

Just before kickoff each of the past two Sundays, a report about the dysfunction plaguing the Redskins has surfaced in the national media. 

After this week’s 27-26 loss in Atlanta, though, Coach Mike Shanahan praised his team for remaining focused despite the outside “noise,” as he called it. 

“You know, I can’t control that,” Shanahan said during his Monday news conference. “You know that as well as I do. All we can do is concentrate on the Dallas Cowboys or [last Sunday] the Atlanta Falcons. I thought our football team did a great job of concentrating on the job at hand. I thought the coaches did a great job of preparation during the week.”

Two weeks ago, there was an report about Shanahan and an alleged rift with Dan Snyder over the owner’s preferential treatment of quarterback Robert Griffin III. Three days ago, there was a report about offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and the composition of the Redskins' coaching staff as well as another ESPN article about Mike Shanahan’s desire to return in 2014.

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Each of the articles leaned heavily on anonymous sources, raising questions about the trend of damaging leaks originating from within the organization. Asked about the leaks, Shanahan hinted that some of the information could also be coming from former colleagues.

“I think we’ve got our players really playing right now, very hard, despite some of the distractions,” Shanahan said. “I think they’re handling it very good. I can’t do anything about those reports. I can guess where they come from. I know there’s a lot of people in my past or maybe Coach [Jim] Haslett’s past … not everybody’s happy, and when you do have three wins, it can be a little bit tough.”

“A lot of things do come out," he continued. "It’s part of this business, but you’ve got to be tough enough to work through it. And I think our organization and our football team is tough enough to work through it.”