How important is it for the Redskins to be 1-3?
Anyone who is concerned that the Redskins were satisfied with getting their first win of the year can rest assured that they were not.
“Even though we won the football game we know we didn't play one of our better games, especially offensively,” Mike Shanahan said during a press conference on Monday, the day after the Redskins beat the Raiders 24-14.
“I think what you do is go back and you're tough on yourself especially when you win,” said Shanahan. “You look at the film, you talk about the things you could have done to put the game away much earlier, what it takes to have a great day on both sides of the football.”
They did have a pretty good day defensively. They got seven sacks of Oakland quarterback Matt Flynn and allowed the Raiders just seven points (their other touchdown came on a blocked punt recovered in the end zone).
But they sputtered some on offense for most of the first three quarters. If not for an interception returned for a touchdown by Redskins rookie David Amerson they would have been trailing 14-3 with about 20 minutes left to play.
It’s a matter of tending to details, according to Shanahan.
“You have to know what gives you a chance to win and that's doing the little things the right way,” he said. “And sometimes if you don't do all the little things the right way you lose a game and all of a sudden the sky's falling. The sky's not falling. You have to go back and do the little things the right way.”