When your football team is 3-10 and coming off a 35-point loss at home, you’re going to have some tough questions to answer.
But knowing that the questions are coming doesn’t make it any easier.
“It’s hard,” Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan acknowledged Monday afternoon. “It’s hard.”
“Fortunately,” the veteran coach continued, “I haven’t been in too many of these situations, and if you have, you’re not around very … long.”
Shanahan is in the fourth year of a five-year contract and, with his team mired in a ugly five-game losing streak and already assured of a third double-digit defeat season, speculation is growing that he’s in danger of losing his job.
Adding to the misery at Redskins Park is the seemingly never-ending stream of controversies that have given the impression of a program that’s spiraling out of control.
In recent weeks, the drama has ramped up. It began with a report quarterback Robert Griffin III had requested that his negative plays not get shown in film review sessions. It has continued with reports that Griffin rushed back because he was worried about losing his job to Kirk Cousins and another article alleging a rift between Shanahan and owner Dan Snyder.
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The Redskins have denied each of the stories. But that hasn't stemmed the flood. And, on Monday, Shanahan said he’s bracing for the possibility of a new controversy “every day” until the end of the season.
One way to quell the criticism, he acknowledged, is to beat the Falcons on Sunday at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons, like the Redskins, are 3-10, a year after winning their division.
“I understand what goes on when you win the NFC East and all of a sudden you’ve got three wins,” Shanahan said. “I understand what goes with the territory. I understand there’s going to be a different story every day. It’s not going to change over the next three weeks. There will be a different story that comes out that we will talk about. I understand what happens. The best thing for us to do is win versus Atlanta.”
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