Leading by three points with 69 seconds remaining Sunday at Seattle, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan considered rolling the dice.
The Redskins faced a fourth-and-3 from the Seattle 7-yard line. A first down and the game would be over; a failed conversion and the Seahawks would need to travel the length of the field without a timeout.
Already during the game the Redskins had a field goal and point-after attempt blocked.
Should you kick again? Should you go for it? Should you throw the ball?, Shanahan said Monday at Redskin Park. A lot of thoughts in my mind at the time, especially after getting two blocked.
Shanahan ultimately went conservative and Graham Gano booted a 25-yard field goal to complete the scoring in a 23-17 Redskins victory.
The Redskins protection problems continued with two blocks by Seattles Red Bryant, on a 23-yard field goal and an extra point. Opponents have four blocked field goals and an extra point this year.
Ive never had that happen to me, to go through a season with that many blocked, Shanahan said. Anytime you have a lot of people playing a lot of different positions, mistakes are made.
But to have that many mistakes is inexcusable.
On Bryants first block, Will Montgomery, the starting center but not the long snapper, was double-teamed and pushed over. On the extra point, Bryant knifed between Montgomery and Erik Cook.
Just a missed technique both times, Shanahan said. We basically let him in there scot free. We used a technique we normally dont use, not to take anything away from Bryant because he got the job done. But we have to be a lot more solid in our technique. Well work on it and hopefully improve quite quickly.
Shanahan did not point the finger at Gano, who has five misses in the last three games.
This game had nothing to do with Graham Gano, Shanahan said. The other two games did have something to do with Graham Gano.
Shanahan said fullback Darrel Young (concussion) will go through the standard set of tests this week before he is cleared to practice. He confirmed that defensive end Stephen Bowen sustained knee injury.
Third-degree PCL tear, which is not good, Shanahan said. But some people play without a PCL. Well just see how sore he is this week and hopefully hell be able to play this weekend.
Competitive, But Poised
After the win, several Redskins players said they were proud of how they didnt back down physically or verbally in the first half against Seattle.
Our players, believe me, theyre not going to take any crap, Shanahan said. But you have to be able to keep your poise, too. Be competitive, but mentally tough and understand that most people see the second shot.
Among the Redskins 10 penalties for a season-high 115 yards were no flags for late-hits or personal fouls coming from one of the many scrums.
That game was not normal, at least how weve played this year, Shanahan said of the penalties.
The Redskins travel party arrived back at team headquarters around 3:30 a.m. Monday. The players were given the day off and return to practice on Wednesday.
The Jets have been installed as 3-point favorites over the Redskins.
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