Shanahan: We made some 'silly penalties'

Shanahan: We made some 'silly penalties'
August 10, 2013, 3:30 pm
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RICHMOND—Mike Shanahan was kind of glad that a torrential rainstorm cancelled the Redskins’ practice.

“We were a little banged up today,” said he said after the scheduled 2 p.m. session was called off due to heavy rains, wind, and lightning in a storm that tore through the Bon Secours training center starting about a half hour before practice was supposed to start.

The players lifted and did some running on Friday and Sunday is a scheduled day off. Shanahan said that the cancellation would not alter next week’s plans to hold two practices on Monday and then single sessions the rest of the week before breaking camp and heading back up to Redskins Park after the Friday practice.

The coaches also reviewed the film from the Tennessee game yesterday. The game was just the sort of preseason game that coaches tend to like. They won and did some good things but there were plenty of teachable moments.

“Anytime you look at a game you look at the things that could have cost you the game,” he said. “You make some silly penalties that you can’t have if you want to win. One time . . . we didn’t line up with our split end on the line of scrimmage, that cost us a touchdown. Then we had a 15-yard penalty here, a first down here.”

“Those are the kind of things that beat you so you kind of go over those things and make sure that in a regular-season game you don’t make those mistakes.”

The illegal formation penalty when the end was not lined up properly negated a 28-yard touchdown pass from Rex Grossman to Lance Lewis. A 15-yard penalty for excessive celebration on Fred Davis led to the Titans getting good field position after the ensuing kickoff. Chris Johnson ripped off a 58-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage.

There was also concern about the Redskins’ tackling but Shanahan said that there was plenty of time to correct that. He said that while they do not tackle players to the ground in practice they do work on fundamentals.

“We wrap up, we wrap guys up so you’re working on your technique,” he said.

“It’s not 100 percent effective but that’s why we have preseason games.”

Their next chance to practice live tackling will come Monday, August 19 when they take on the Steelers at FedEx Field.