Quick hits: Redskins are not rebuilding, Shanahan says

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said he doesn’t believe the team is rebuilding despite the fact it is going young at key positions. He said veterans have been hurt and the rookies simply are the next best options for the team.

But he also said that before his son Kyle, took the offensive coordinator position that he knew there would be struggles and that he told Kyle “we have to rebuild this football team, starting with the offense.”

Shanahan said he is approaching the remainder of the season “game by game,” and always tries to put Washington in the best position to win.

Shanahan said he didn’t have an update on right tackle Jammal Brown, who injured his groin in yesterday’s game. But rookie receiver Niles Paul (turf toe) will be out a couple weeks, the coach said.

Shanahan said cornerback Phillip Buchanon, whom the team placed on injured reserve Saturday, wasn’t able to recover from knee, hip, shoulder and neck injuries, so the decision was made to end his season.

The coach was pleased with the play of rookie wide receiver Leonard Hankerson, who played all but one offensive snap on Sunday. Shanahan said Hankerson will start again on Sunday.

Shanahan said he was pleased with the play of running back Roy Helu and offensive lineman Maurice Hurt, both of whom started for the first time Sunday.

Shanahan said he saw improvements in quarterback John Beck’s decision-making Sunday. He liked that the quarterback got rid of the ball more quickly to avoid sacks.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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