Redskins Players Not Surprised By Shanahan Firing
Updated: Dec. 30, 2013 2:35 p.m.
Original: Dec. 30, 2013 11:50 a.m.
ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — It didn’t take long for the winds of change to blow through Redskins Park.
Mike and Kyle Shanahan were fired less than 24 hours after the Washington Redskins capped off a disappointing 3-13 season with a 20-6 lethargic loss to the New York Giants.
The fates of defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and special teams coordinator Keith Burns are officially yet to be determined, though multiple outlets have reported they have also been fired.
The changes came as no surprise to the players, some of whom denied paying attention to reports of the impending departures in the closing weeks of the season.
“Being in this business for eight years I’ve seen a lot. I’m not necessarily going to say surprised,” said defensive end Kedric Golston. “Obviously, I have all the faith and belief in coach Shanahan, but I don’t make those decision. You can see the writing in the wall even if you didn’t want to see it.”
Golston appeared in 16 games with eight starts on an injury-depleted defensive line this season. He said the mounting turmoil didn’t impact the way players prepared in December.
“I feel like everybody went out there and played hard,” he said. “Never confuse effort with results, but at the end of the day I was proud of the way this team went out there and fought even though we fell short.”
Linebacker Rob Jackson, who served a four-game suspension for ingesting a banned substance earlier this season and is now a free agent, agrees with Golton’s assessment.
“We were preparing for it. We knew there was a possibility it could happen,” said Jackson. “It didn’t catch anybody by surprise, I don’t think.”
Jackson told reporters he plans to “roll with the punches” after going through a coaching change previously in his NFL career.
“That’s the NFL,” he said. “You can’t really go off of what you did in previous years. You have to come out the next year and start from scratch. Who knows? I don’t know where I’m going to be. The coaches, they got let go. I just have to play everything by ear.”
Players were not told of Shanahan’s firing from team personnel. Instead, many learned of the coaching change like most fans — on social media.
“It went across Twitter or Facebook and people started talking about it,” Golston said of the news. “I didn’t see it on TV. Somebody just said: ‘Hey, they let coach go.’ … Word of mouth.”
106.7 The Fan’s Grant Paulsen reports quarterbacks coach Matt Lafleur has also been fired.
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