Following a team’s regular season victory, there’s a tradition in the NFL to allow players the next day off. This is referred to as “Victory Monday,” and is a tradition that began in Denver in the 90’s under head coach Mike Shanahan.
However, coaches and players were on the same page after Sunday’s victory, and agreed that there was too much work to be done to skip a day of preparation
Shanahan explained his take on the situation at yesterday’s press conference:
“We weren’t going to have Victory Monday,” he said. “I thought we had to come in here and take a look at film–not in the detail that we normally do after a loss–but I thought we needed to look at the film.”
Shanahan’s decision to get back to work was made easier by a veteran presence in the locker room that wanted to work.
“I think London [Fletcher] said it best: ‘Hey, we need to go to work and work on the little things to win the football game.’ There are a bunch of things to improve. We looked at that film – special teams, offense and defense. Now, we come back Wednesday and we’re ready to go.”
It’s no surprise that Fletcher made the call. As the defensive captain and undisputed team leader, Fletcher already had the approval of his teammates to speak up. This did not go unnoticed by Shanahan:
“I’m very impressed because they [took Monday off] last year,” he said. “A lot of times veterans will look back to last year, and I thought back about me doing it last year, and I thought it was too early. That’s why I had given it some thought, but I didn’t talk to the players about it. I was going to talk to the players after the game, but with the type of emotion that was involved, I thought it was the right time to talk about it. When London said that, it made it a whole lot easier.”
Players in the Redskins locker room were not only unfazed at the extra day of rest–they were excited.
Fullback Darrel Young:
“Nah, I’m glad, I’m glad. That’s the different mindset that this team has, and that was the best thing I’ve heard all season so far, and we didn’t want Monday off. Y’know, London has a ring, but he wants another one, and being behind a leader like that? This is where I wanna be.”
Defensive end Stephen Bowen:
“To me, I thought we had to come in. It’s the first game of the year and too early to be getting victory Mondays. We have a lot of work still to do. I mean, we’re not perfect, no one’s perfect, and me personally, I wanted to come in and look at the mistakes. We enjoyed the win, yesterday and today, but after that you’ve gotta put it out of your mind and move on to Arizona.”
Check out the rest of Shanahan’s presser below:
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