Shanahan: 'You can't look down the road'

Shanahan: 'You can't look down the road'
October 16, 2013, 12:15 pm
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Fans and members of the media are doing a lot of speculating about how many games the Redskins need to win to make the playoffs or have a respectable season or avoid a major offseason shakeup. Those of us on the outside can say that they have to win three of their next four to get things back on track, get to nine wins to take the division, and so on.

But the team doesn’t look at things that way. “Taking it one game at a time” is a cliché but it is very much the way things are actually done.

“The thing you can’t do is look down the road,” said Mike Shanahan during his Monday news conference. “What you have to do is look at today, and that’s what we’ll do.”

It will be business as usual this week. They reviewed film and got in a workout on Monday. They had their league-mandated day off on Tuesday.

“Then Wednesday we’ll get on to Chicago,” Shanahan said. “But in order to beat a team like Chicago, you’ve got to take it a day at a time and just concentrate on that football team.”

So while the rest of Redskins Nation can worry about what Peyton Manning and company might do to the Redskins’ secondary a week from Sunday or figure out if they might be able to get a season-saving win on that Thursday night in Minnesota, the players and coaches are looking at that day’s practice to get ready for the Bears.