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Mike Shanahan On Cousins, RGIII & Future

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 16, 2013 – 3:26 pm

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On Monday, Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan addressed the media for his usual press conference dissecting the highs and lows of the game just completed.

Obviously there was a lot to discuss between Kirk Cousins’ performance, Brian Orakpo adding to his sack collection, both Alfred Morris and Santana Moss having an up-and-down day and the seven turnovers almost being overcome by a late drive–but an unsuccessful two-point conversion instead left the Redskins with nothing more than a “morale victory” if you believe in those things.

Shanahan dove head first into the sea of media sharks and addressed everything that was thrown his way.

Quick hits of his meeting with the local media gaggle courtesy the Redskins Official Twitter (@Redskins):

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Ryan Kerrigan Talks Shanahan, Defense

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 16, 2013 – 2:44 pm

Kerrigan AMRyan Kerrigan appeared on NFL AM Monday morning and talked about his sanctuary.

With a quarterback change attracting added media attention in 2013, Kerrigan told the NFL Network crew that the football field is the best place to be.

“It’s tough to have all the distractions around, but at the same time, once you step in between the lines, that’s kind of our sanctuary,” Kerrigan said.

We kind of get away from all the distractions and just concentrate on playing football once we get in between the lines.”

The panel asked Kerrigan if the locker room was still behind Executive Vice President and Head Coach Mike Shanahan, and Kerrigan supported the man who brought him to D.C. Read more »

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What Went Right / Wrong At Atlanta

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 16, 2013 – 12:41 pm

The Redskins turned the ball over seven times in a 27-26 road loss to the Falcons, and Kirk Cousins took responsibility for the defeat. But the Redskins had a chance to win at the end thanks to the quarterback’s three touchdown passes.

Let’s take a deeper look at what went right and wrong Sunday at the Georgia Dome.

Highlight: Alfred Morris rips off a 37-yard run.

What went right: A pancake block on the safety.

-The Redskins line up in a power running set with fullback Darrel Young in the backfield and tight end Logan Paulsen outside of the right tackle.
-The Falcons bring five men to the line with a linebacker outside of left tackle Trent Williams, leaving only two linebackers up the middle.
-The offensive line executes two successful double teams. Left guard Kory Lichtensteiger bumps Will Montgomery off of Corey Peters, freeing the center to seal off the backside backer.
-Chris Chester handles Peria Jerry, allowing Tyler Polumbus to block Sean Weatherspoon.
-Alfred Morris patiently follows his fullback through the hole between Chester and Paulsen.
-Young blasts through rookie safety Zeke Motta, and Morris has ample room to run. Read more »

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Shanahan On Two-Point Play, Turnovers

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 16, 2013 – 11:55 am

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The debate has set Facebook on virtual fire this morning—was Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan’s decision to go for two the right move.

After quarterback Kirk Cousins catalyzed a beautiful 13-play drive that kick started déjà vu for the Sparty fans that made the trek to the Georgia Dome, Shanahan went for the jugular of a reeling and gassed defensive unit.

Lining up in shotgun with four wide receivers on the outside and Roy Helu Jr.—the team’s best pass-catching running back next to him–Cousins looked for Pierre Garcon. But Desmond Trufant’s big hand got in the way as the ball soared just out of Garcon’s reach.

Darn it played through Redskins Nation’s head in a Joe Gibbs voice.

After the game, Shanahan explained his reasoning for the move and heaped praise on his second-year quarterback’s effort after he’d barely seen action since the preseason game vs. Pittsburgh.

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Cousins: ‘Didn’t Do Enough To Execute’

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 16, 2013 – 11:13 am

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“Didn’t do enough to win. Two interceptions that were on me, a fumble that you don’t want to have, the two-point conversion,  the failed attempt there I felt like that was on me and those are four plays right there where if they go differently it’s probably a much better result. It’s a tough one to swallow right now and we will learn from it and get better.”—Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins

I’m not sure which angle you’re taking away this morning, but there are several ways you can look at yesterday’s game.

There’s the ‘How could you turn the ball over seven times in a climate controlled dome after playing in a slushy goo last week?’ approach. Or the ‘We turned the ball over seven times and still had the chance to win’ mentality.

Regardless, full-time quarterback/part-time math whiz Cousins said it best. Individual numbers don’t matter.

27 being greater than 26 does, though.

More from Cousins’ postgame press conference:

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Redskins Inches From Improbable Victory

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 16, 2013 – 10:07 am


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The Washington Redskins were a fingertip away from mounting a comeback led by sophomore quarterback Kirk Cousins making his first start of the season.

Instead, the Redskins left the Georgia Dome on Sunday with a loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

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