The Washington Redskins find themselves in quite a predicament, with a record of 1-4 and some of the most demanding games still left on their schedule: matchups against the Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs.
All of that preseason talk about being a built-to-last contender and perhaps repeating as NFC East champions seems so long ago now. The conversation among some observers already has turned to what will happen after the season and the long-term job security of Coach Mike Shanahan and members of his staff.
But there are 11 games still to play and much can happen during that span to affect such long-term issues, and quarterback Robert Griffin III vowed after Sunday night’s loss in Dallas that the Redskins will continue to play hard and compete intensely no matter what their record is.
“There’s no quit in this team, period,” Griffin said. “You’ll never see us out there quit. I tell the guys every single time we go out there if you don’t want to be out here to win, don’t come.”
Griffin acknowledged that the current picture isn’t pretty.
“We’re the defending NFC East champs, and we’re sitting here 1-4 right now,” he said. “So we have to take that medicine and move on to the next week, learn from it and don’t let it put us in the tank.”
But after rallying from a 3-6 start last season to win seven straight games, the Redskins aren’t ruling out another turnaround.
“This is the NFL,” Griffin said. “It’s a long season. For me, my message to the team would be that we have to continue to push through. …No matter what your record says, you have to go out there and put your best foot forward every game. And if you’re not out there to win, then don’t come on the field.”
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