Shanahan: Last play involved miscommunication

November 20, 2013
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At his postgame press conference on Sunday, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said repeatedly that he hadn’t been able to talk to Robert Griffin III about his game-ending interception.

The quarterback, for his part, explained the play like this:

“We had a certain concept we were running, and nobody got open,” Griffin began. “So I was backing up, and in a situation where if you get a sack there it ends the game, trying to throw the ball out of the back of the end zone. Didn’t get to where I wanted it to go. Obviously I was on my heels, and it’s something I can definitely learn from.”

Well, Shanahan later sat down for his weekly interview with Comcast SportsNet’s Chick Hernandez, and he had yet another take.

“When you see that throw, what concerns you about it?” Hernandez asked.

“Well no. 1, we had a timeout, and the play that we called, everybody did not run the routes that we said,” Shanahan explained. “So it was kind of a very easy play to run, a play that we’ve been running since camp. And for some reason with the communication, it came out the wrong way. So that’s the first thing you look at. But sometimes you’ve got to throw the football away. Sometimes a quarterbacks’s gonna scramble and make a play. You’re gonna keep on growing as time goes on. Robert, I thought, did some great things in the game. He’s gonna have experiences where he’s gonna wish he had a throw back or threw the ball away, but that’s just part of the growing process of being a quarterback.”

I’m guessing more than one person in Ashburn will be asked to further explain this miscommunication on Wednesday.
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UNIFORM OF THE DAY


(Via D.C. Current)

The D.C. Current, Washington’s representative in Major League Ultimate, released images of their 2014 home uniforms. The club said the uniforms were only moderately changed from 2013′s models, but I’ll be honest, I wasn’t familiar with those. But these look nice.
SPORTS TV PANEL
The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland is holding a panel Wednesday night on the Future of Sports & Television. The panelists include Doc Walker, Kristen Berset, Paul Farhi, John Ourand, Tim Kurkjian, Joe Yasharoff and Dave Owens. George Solomon and Kevin Blackistone will moderate. The event is free, as are the refreshments. It’s in Knight Hall.
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BUCK AND CHENIER SHARE A MIC
One of their microphones wasn’t working during the Comcast SportsNet postgame show on Tuesday night, so for a short while, Steve Buckhantz and Phil Chenier shared a mic. For an even shorter while, Buckhantz used two.

(Via Comcast SportsNet)
(Via Comcast SportsNet)

WHAT TO WATCH TONIGHT
The Wizards are in Cleveland at 7 on Comcast SportsNet. American is at Ohio State at 7:30 on the Big Ten Network. And the Caps host the Penguins at 8 on NBC Sports Network. I’m already stressed out. All TV and radio listings are here.

Dan Steinberg writes about all things DC sports at the DC Sports Bog.
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