Ryan 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.
“Especially coming from me – Coach Shanahan is the guy that drafted me here – so I’m kind of forever indebted to him for bringing me into the league and having faith in making me a first round draft pick,” Kerrigan said on air.
Kerrigan said he supported the coach’s decision to go for the win and trust the offense to complete a two-point conversion, even though the attempt ultimately fell short.
“Right when we got the ball back, I was like, If we score a touchdown, I want us to go for two because we’re 3-10. We’re out of the playoff picture. We might as well go for the win,” Kerrigan said.
Coming off a game in which he tallied four tackles, a sack and a forced fumble, Kerrigan said the defense is still searching for consistency.
“You look at, especially defensively, throughout the year we’ve had some instances where we played really well,” Kerrigan said.
“You look at the first half of the Chicago bears game. We allowed 46 yards of total offense. Then in the second half things kind of got out of hand. We ended up winning that game but still allowed 41 points.
“The week before against Kansas City, we allowed almost 200 rushing yards, and then this past week we allow 55 rushing yards… We just need to be more consistent and just play four quarters of football.”
The linebacker also talked about Kirk Cousins, Tony Romo and Smashing Walnuts. Watch the full interview below.
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