Mike Shanahan Presser and Injury updates

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Updated: December 2, 2013
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Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan updated injuries the day after another FEDEX Field loss to a division opponent.

As far as injuries, Shanahan confirmed the following . . .   TE Jordan Reed and S Reed Doughty are being treated for concussions and are in the league’s concussion protocol.  Reed has missed the past two games and his absence from the lineup has been pretty profound.  Shanahan confirmed an ankle sprain for LB London Fletcher and a sore hip for CB DeAngelo Hall.

Approach and Job Security . . .   In terms of his approach to the remaining schedule, Shanahan confirmed that he wants to win.  That can likely be interpreted to mean the Redskins have no plans to look at younger players in place of some starters.  In fact, Shanahan indicated that any player that shows signs of not fighting for the win any longer would not return next season.  Additionally, Shanahan stated that playing young players just for evaluation for the future sends a bad message to the players that deserve to be on thre field. Shanahan’s job security with the Redskins will be a huge issue for the rest of this season.  Former Redskins QB Sonny Jurgensen, who is tight with Redskins owner Dan Snyder, does not believe Shanahan’s job is in trouble.

“Well I think yes, they need to win some of these games….” Jurgensen answered.

“Does HE need to win?” Sheehan tried again.

“Does he? To keep his job?” Jurgensen finally said. “Is that what you’re asking me? I don’t think so. I don’t think so. No, I don’t think so. I really don’t. I don’t think so. Nuh-uh. I don’t think so. Do you have anybody in mind, Kevin, that you’d like to put in his place?”

On the mistake of the referee in the final minute of the game … Shanahan confirmed he discussed it with the head official.   The NFL today also admitted that the officials simply got it wrong.

“Obviously they made a mistake and we will live with it.”

Caution to he wind here.  That officiating mistake did not cost the Redskins the game.  The Redskins cost the Redskins the game.  At that point, I had very little faith the Redskins had the ability to put the football in the end zone anyway.  The fact is, the Redskins blew another two score lead and looked like crap the entire second half.

On the run game . . .  Shanahan indicated that the Redskins did not run the ball more because the Giants had taken the run game away from Alfred Morris and in addition because the field was slick.  What?  Really?  The field apparently wasn’t too slick for a quarterback with a surgically repaired knee.  Griffin compiled 12 carrier to Morris’ 11 carries.  Sorry Shanny, not buying that one.    Shanahan clarified later that his lack of carries had more so to do with lack of effectiveness than field conditions.  Additionally, he indicated the lack of running game was also impacted by the absences of FB Darrel Young, TE Niles Paul, and TE Jordan Reed.

On personal foul penalties . . . Shanahan said he was angry at the time at Hall, but quickly defended both WR Santana Moss and Hall on their personal fouls.  Probably not a good idea for Shanahan to be defending any personal fouls, considering they have plagued the Redskins this season and seem to come at the absolutely wrong times.