Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall on Wednesday expressed support for Mike Shanahan and his staff and said that they should be brought back for next season. Meanwhile,¬† two other team leaders said that although they agree, the need to play for their head coach‚Äôs job doesn‚Äôt serve as a source of motivation for them.
‚ÄúNah, that‚Äôs not a situation where we say, ‚ÄėLet‚Äôs go out and win for‚ÄĒ,‚Äô ‚ÄĚ linebacker London Fletcher said. ‚ÄúYou don‚Äôt even think about that. Everybody has a job they have to do, and that‚Äôs what you focus on.‚ÄĚ
But Fletcher said that the team‚Äôs sense of motivation hasn‚Äôt waned. The 16-year veteran said he doesn‚Äôt believe that his teammates will unconsciously give up in the final five games of the season.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve been on teams where you can tell or you know guys are looking forward to the offseason season or have thrown in the towel with three, four, five ball games to go because they just wanted it to end,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúBut I don‚Äôt sense that with these guys we have in here. I know Coach is always talking about how everybody‚Äôs always being evaluated, whether it‚Äôs for the next game and playing time or it was next year.‚ÄĚ
Left tackle Trent Williams agreed.
‚ÄúNaw, we don‚Äôt think about that,‚ÄĚ he said when asked about feeling the need to play for Shanahan‚Äôs future.
As the Redskins have struggled, Shanahan and quarterback Robert Griffin III¬†have drawn the most intense scrutiny. But Williams said that the team‚Äôs poor record isn‚Äôt a reflection of coaching.
‚ÄúThe media, number one, is going to go to the head coach and then the quarterback. But, it really has nothing to do with the head coach or the quarterback, why we‚Äôre struggling,‚ÄĚ Williams said. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre just not playing well as a team. I‚Äôm pretty sure Robert knows that he‚Äôs going to get some scrutiny, but I don‚Äôt think he deserves it. I don‚Äôt think coach Shanahan deserves it, to see people talk and say he‚Äôs not doing his job. I think he‚Äôs doing a heck of a job. It does wear on you to see people go through undeserving criticism.‚ÄĚ