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Mike Shanahan: ‘Bad’ play call led to fourth-and-2 failure

Immediately following the Redskins loss on Sunday, Coach Mike Shanahan disagreed with the notion that the Carolina Panthers had seized the momentum by stopping Washington on fourth-and-2 at the Carolina 47-yard line. But the coach acknowledged Monday that the play call was a bad choice.

On the failed play, quarterback John Beck, trailing 9-6, lined up in the shotgun and took the snap. Carolina linebacker James Anderson blitzed up the middle virtually untouched and sacked Beck for a 7-yard loss.

Beck said there may have been some mixup in the protection assignments. But Shanahan conceded that although he would go for it on fourth-down in that situation again, he and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan didn’t put Beck in the best position to succeed on that play.

“We just gave a bad play, to be honest with you,” the coach said Monday afternoon. “Every once in a while, you’ll do that. They had a good blitz and they caught us a little off balance. We had a missed assignment in there and they got a little bit of penetration. Without the proper call, he didn’t have anybody open, so sometimes that turns into a sack.”

Following the sack, Carolina went 57 yards in two plays to score its first touchdown of the game.

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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