Redskins gain confidence from win over Chargers
One of the major concerns coming out of the Washington Redskins’ 30-24 overtime victory over the Chargers on Sunday was the two Kai Forbath field goal attempts that San Diego blocked in the first half. The Chargers had not blocked a field goal attempt since the 2002 season.
Both of the blocks had the same root cause, Mike Shanahan said at his Monday news conference.
“Well, first of all the guy that blocked the first field goal (a 25-yard attempt) didn't penetrate the line of scrimmage, so the kick was too low,” said Shanahan. “The second one, we had to drive it a little bit, a 59-yarder, and that hit the guy in the armpit, so both kicks were too low.”
When asked if there were any issues with the mechanics of either kick, Shanahan indicated that the snap, hold, approach and other factors were fine on the 25-yarder. Shaking his head, Shanahan just said, “No. Just kicked it low.”
Although Forbath's name did not come up it appears that Shanahan is saying the blame lies primarily on his shoulders.
Some other topics covered by Shanahan during his press conference:
—Robert Griffin III was 8 of 9 passing on third down with six conversions. “The great quarterbacks are the guys who are consistent on third down and I thought Robert had his best game of the year,” said Shanahan. “Any time you're over 70 percent with third down conversions your quarterback has played extremely well.”
—The Redskins ran a few new wrinkles in their offense such as triple option pitches to Santana Moss and Jordan Reed. “The key is to have it in your offense,” he said. You don't have to run it a lot but if you do have it in there and you feel like it's running well; if not it may open something else. I think the more you can do as an offense to keep people off balance the better off you are.”
—On adding other wrinkles on a short week (the Redskins play the Vikings on Thursday night): “You better not add too much because if you do, you don't have time to prepare for it. I think that goes for both teams. Mainly on a short week, both teams do what they do best.”
—On the play where Griffin went airborne and landed on his back to pick up a third-quarter first down: “Robert will take a look at that play and say, OK, if I had to do it over again what would I have done not to put myself in that situation. That's how you learn.”
—On the play of WR Leonard Hankerson (5 receptions, 55 yards): “You see the catches. What we see is every play that he's in the game both in the running game and the passing game . . . He did play a very good game. He stepped up and did a lot of good things.”
—Hankerson and London Fletcher were listed on the team’s injury report, which was hypothetical since the team did not practice today. Hankerson was listed with a hamstring injury and, according to Shanahan, he “is going to be fine”. Fletcher had his knee drained and also will be good to go.