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Shanahan tells team to settle down

Posted on: October 4, 2011 5:39 pm
 
Mike Shanahan told his team not to buy into the media hype (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

There was a time -- and it wasn’t long ago -- when we all kind of thought the Redskins were going to stink and the Eagles were going to be awesome, and Washington had no business thinking it had a shot at winning the NFC East.

And when Rex Grossman gave us this prediction, “When it's all said and done I really feel like we're going to win the NFC East,” we all kind of shook our heads and laughed.

But now that Washington is 3-1 and tied for first place in the division, coach Mike Shanahan wants to make sure his team knows not to buy into the media hype. Even if, ahem, Grossman was the one to start it.

“The one goal that I tell our players and our coaches is that you have got to take it day-by-day,” he said, via the Redskins official site.  ”Once you start listening to how good you are or how great the defense is doing or how poorly an offense is doing week-by-week, it’s easy to get lulled into a trap. Don’t get lulled into a trap. Just concentrate on the job at hand.  Try to find a way to win and get better every day. Don’t listen to people that are negative.”

That’s probably good advice, because people, like myself today on Hawaii radio, are saying that the Redskins are likely to fall off. And the reason why? Maybe Grossman, as CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman explains here: “Rex Grossman is sure to doom the Redskins eventually. It will happen because he's Rex Grossman. He will always let you down …”

More from Shanahan telling his team to lay off the gas pedal of positivity.

“This is a game-by-game league,” he said.  ”You’re saying we arrived on defense -- it takes one game for it to go the opposite way very quickly.  It does the same thing on offense.  Our guys are smart enough to understand what happens in this league. I try to tell our guys, ‘Don’t pay attention about what anybody says. Understand that we’ve got to do it each and every week, and you’ve got to find a way to win. You’ve got to find a way to be at the best at what you do.’ And at the end of the season, we’ll decide on what type of team we have.”

Unless, that is, Grossman wants to just go ahead and tell us what he thinks right now.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 10:43 am
 

Shanahan tells team to settle down




Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2011 1:52 pm
 

Shanahan tells team to settle down

I wasn't sure the Redskins would be good....but I knew the Eagles would stink.  Eagles have the worst starting Linebacking corp in the history of the NFL....not even close.  How Reid thought he'd win a division with their Linebackers is grounds for immediate firing.



Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2011 12:18 pm
 

Shanahan tells team to settle down

"And when gave us , “When it's all said and done I really feel like we're going to win the NFC East,” we all kind of shook our heads and laughed."

Please don't speak for the rest of us.  A number of us pointed out the Skin defense didn't have a lot of holes last year and some seemed to be plugged this preseason.  YOU were apparently too busy shaking your had and laughing to pay attention.



Since: Feb 7, 2009
Posted on: October 5, 2011 9:48 am
 

Shanahan tells team to settle down

Shanahan is a good coach (from a Denver Broncos fan) and will be able to improve Grossman's skills - he has the talent but never had a good QB coach to work with (see Elway-Shanahan, of course Elway had more talent, but Shanahan was able to surround Elway with a good support cast ).  Looking for good results.



Since: Dec 26, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2011 9:42 am
 

Shanahan tells team to settle down

Actually Gibbs took a bad team that Spurrier left behind and coached them back to the playoffs and a playoff win.  He only retired because there were serious health issues in his family and had increasing interest expanding and developing his Nascar teams.  It wasnt because he couldnt "adapt".

Shanahan has completely revamped this team.  There are only 13 players left from the rostsr he took over just last year.  6 new starters on Defense THIS YEAR.  The last 2 drafts have been outstanding.  He got rid of cancer Haynesworth and got rid of McNabb (although he is the one who brought him there to strart with)....Bruse Allen is a competent GM and the Skins are headed in the right direction.  Snyder has been out of the spotlight since he arrived.  All the experts predicted the Skins would be in the Andrew Luck sweepstakes and now people are saying they will be lucky to finish 8-8.  Ha! those same people would have laughed at themselves for projecting 8-8 just 4 weeks ago. 

Give them some credit.  They may not make the playoffs and indeed finish 8-8 but the future looks promising.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 9:17 pm
 

Shanahan tells team to settle down

I remember when Joe Gibbs led the team to greatness with tried and true methods, but when he came back to coach the team a second time things did not turn out as well. He could not adapt and had to retire from coaching...again. Shanahan used to be able to win by using the Te and RB without impunity (or should that be with impunity?). Shanahan needs to adapt or else he will not find his way back to winning. 


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