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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’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: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 7:45 pm

Shanahan tells team to settle down

think 5-11 is a tad harsh but i can see the Skins finishing 8 - 8 or at a push 9 - 7 

Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 7:43 pm

Shanahan tells team to settle down

Actually, not "everyone" knew the Grossman was crazy and the 'Skins would stink.  That's just the media hating on Grossman again, often in spite of the facts. 

Since: Oct 4, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 7:12 pm

Shanahan tells team to settle down

Shanahan's probably looking at the rest of the schedule and trying to figure out how he's going to convince Snyder to keep him on after he's 5-11

Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 6:36 pm

Shanahan tells team to settle down

The philosophy of a coach that has proven over the course of a decade that he is capable of leading a team to 10 wins every season. Shanahan never gets the credit he deserves, it's always the "he can't win playoff games without Elway" line from the haters. Funny thing is that people forget that he didn't have Elway when he was the OC for the 49ers and they somehow managed to bring home a Lombardi trophy.

The Redskins are fortunate to have one of the true greats from NFL history on the sideline. Records don't lie plus how cool is it that there's only one coach with 20+ wins against a common opponent currently coaching in the NFL. Thanks Al Davis for motivating Shanahan to come up with really creative game plans whenever his team faces the Raiders. I don't know how this season will end for the Redskins but it's a safe assumption that they are on a path to be contenders for the division crown as long as they can keep Shanahan and the current coaching staff intact. If they somehow luck into getting one of the better QB's in next year's draft, they'll really have something to get excited about in DC.

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