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Shanahan clarifies comments


Shanahan clarifies comments

A day after stirring controversy, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan forcefully refuted that he thrown in the towel on 2013 season while acknowledging that he could have chosen his words more carefully in the aftermath of Sunday’s crushing loss to the Panthers.

“From my perspective – I’m not saying I did a great job explaining it – but when you’re talking about five games [remaining] in the NFC East and two in the AFC, and you’re starting an NFC East tour, to suggest that we play young players and the season was over is completely ludicrous,” Shanahan said during his Monday news conference. 

A few minutes after the Redskins dropped a 21-13 decision to the Panthers – a game Shanahan called a “must-win” six days earlier – the coach raised eyebrows at FedEx Field.

“When you lose a game like that, now you’re playing to see who is going to be on your football team for years go come,” Shanahan said following the game. “Now, we have a chance to evaluate players and see where we’re at. Obviously, we’re not out of it statistically. [But] now we find out what kind of character we have and how guys keep on fighting throughout the rest of the season.”

On Monday, Shanahan said that the evaluation to which he referred would occur during the bye week, not over the course of the remainder of the season.

“That’s what will be done during the bye week,” he said. “We will evaluate our coaches, our players, our schemes over the next four or five days. We have a chance to still do something special. But obviously every game is like a playoff game with not much margin for error.”

Shanahan also said he will seek to clarify his comments with his players Tuesday before the team takes five days off.

Pressed about whether he was attempting to clarify or backtrack, Shanahan grew agitated with the line of questioning.

“I would never say we will play younger players,” Shanahan continued. “I’ve never said that since I’ve been here. We’re always going to play the people who give us the best chance to win. That’s never wavered.”

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Josh Norman didn't stand a chance defending Kyle O’Quinn on this dunk

Josh Norman didn't stand a chance defending Kyle O’Quinn on this dunk

Josh Norman is a man of many talents — at least on the football field, and in the friendliest possible way, he was reminded of that this weekend during a charity basketball game.

Opposite of the defensive nightmare Norman can be for receivers, the New York Knicks' Kyle O’Quinn had a little fun with the Redskins cornerback and the 10-inch height difference they share during the during Bam Bam’s Spring Jam at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Virginia.

O'Quinn got the ball and went up for a particularly easy dunk as Norman jumped and tried to swat the ball away but his effort was futile. 

While this was all in good fun, Norman should probably stick to football. 

Former Virginia Tech defenseive back and current Seattle Seahawk Kam Chancellor's foundation is behind the charity game, which also included Redskins' Lynden Trail, Marshawn Lynch, Michael Bennett and Antoine Bethea.  

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Memorial Day Reflection: Kirk Cousins appreciates the cost of freedom

Memorial Day Reflection: Kirk Cousins appreciates the cost of freedom

On Memorial Day, people all over the United States stop to reflect on the freedoms provided for by the military. Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is no different.

"So grateful for living in this country and understanding that that came at a price and I just want to say thank you," Cousins said.

Speaking after an OTA session last week with military members in attendance, Cousins explained that he appreciates the added sense of history and obligation that comes from living in and around D.C.

"It’s a good reminder why it’s such a benefit to play here in Washington. It just feels like it’s that much more real with Andrews Air Force Base here and so many soldiers here. There’s something special about playing for the city of Washington, D.C. and driving 30 minutes into the city and going by the White House and the Pentagon and the monuments."

The Redskins hosted military members from multiple branches at their OTAs, and afterward, Cousins and a number of other players signed autographs. 

"You say ‘Man, I want to give these soldiers, these fans something to cheer about and make them excited and bring this city together.' Hopefully winning football games can do that. What a great thing. That’s the vision we’re chasing," the Redskins passer said. "Hopefully we can get it done this season."


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