Shanahan: Can't get complacent

Shanahan: Can't get complacent
December 4, 2012, 8:00 pm

There are a lot of things that concern Redskins Coach Mike Shananan.

His team growing satisfied after posting three consecutive victories to save their season, however, is not one of them, he said Tuesday afternoon. 

“We can’t be complacent,” he said, “because we don’t have the opportunity to be complacent.”

Since falling to 3-6, the Redskins have swept through NFC East to vault back into the division and wild card races.

“Every game, to us, is like a playoff game,” Shanahan said. “We understand that, and our players understand that. You’re hoping that mindset is there because if not, you’re out of it very quickly. So hopefully that’s not the case and you’ve got the character to persevere.”

With the AFC North leading Ravens (9-3) up next, Shanahan stressed that this is not the time to relax. The Redskins close out the season at the Browns (4-8), at the Eagles (3-9) and against the Cowboys (6-6).

“They have an excellent record,” Shanahan said of the Ravens, who are coming off a last-second 23-20 loss to the Steelers. “They are a franchise that has had a lot of success. For us, our mindset …is we have to play our best football to beat a team like that. Our players are aware of how good they are.”