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Players Say Shanahan Has Not Quit On Redskins

by Chuck Carroll
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Mike Shanahan walks off the field following an abysmal loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. (credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Mike Shanahan still has support of the players. (credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — The saga of the Washington Redskins continues. With three games still to be played, Mike Shanahan’s team has double digits in the loss column for the third time in his four seasons as head coach.

A report Sunday alleged Shanahan was ready to walk away from the team following the 2012 season after becoming disgusted by the relationship between quarterback Robert Griffin III and owner Daniel Snyder. In stark contrast to past rumors, the coach did not debunk the Dan Graziano report.

Instead, Shanahan said he would not discuss things that happened a year ago and would talk about his relationship with Snyder at the appropriate time.

During a sometimes uncomfortable postgame press conference the coach did accept responsibility for the Redskins’ abysmal performance in the 45-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. He said he failed as a coach to properly prepare players for the game.

In turn, the players in the downtrodden locker room shifted the blame back onto themselves.

But do they feel as though Shanahan has given up on the team? For the most part the answer is no.

Brian Orakpo said he “absolutely” believes the coach is still committed to the team.

“In my opinion I do,” Orakpo said. “But who knows? I don’t know.”

Orakpo was also quick to state Shanahan had not lost the team and that he “didn’t give a damn” about the rumors constantly circling Redskins Park.

Wide receiver Pierre Garcon agreed with the linebacker’s assessment of the off the field reports.

“Guys are always going to talk. It doesn’t matter to me,” said Garcon. “(The media) is going to say good things, bad things. I pay no attention. Guys don’t pay attention to it. It’s football and we’re having a bad year. We just have to deal with it.”

And with Shanahan’s future in Washington uncertain at best, Garcon said he can only focus on what he can control.

“I’m not worried about anyone’s future here,” he said. “My future is what I’m worried about because I can only control that. It doesn’t matter who I play for. What I’m going to do is give 100 percent.”

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