Perhaps the Washington Redskinsâ€™ mishaps on special teams this season have lowered the bar of expectations considerably. Or perhaps Coach Mike Shanahan merely is trying to be positive about his special teams.
Whatever the case, Shanahan gave a generally favorable review Monday to the Redskinsâ€™ special teams, a day after a botched snap by long snapper Kyle Nelson to punter Sav Rocca led to a deflected punt that set up the New York Giantsâ€™ go-ahead touchdown in their 24-17 triumph Sunday night over the Redskins at FedEx Field. It was the latest in a series of special teams misadventuresÂ for the Redskins this season.
â€śTo be honest with you, I was really pleased with the special teams [Sunday],â€ť Shanahan said Monday. â€śI thought it was the best game we had and all of a sudden we have that snap that happens. And all of a sudden it really ruins the day for the special teams. But [there were] a lot of good things going on. Weâ€™ve made drastic improvements in that area. I think you could see it except for that botched snap.â€ť
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â—Ź The Redskins practice at 11:50 a.m.
1 p.m. Wednesday. Mike Shanahan and Griffin are expected to speak with reporters after practice.
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