The Washington Post

Mike Shanahan showed the Redskins the standings

By Toni L. Sandys – TWP.


If anyone didn’t believe Mike Shanahan’s insistence that he hadn’t yet thrown in the towel on the 2012 campaign, maybe this will help. DeAngelo Hall told a radio show this week that during the Redskins team meeting on Monday, Shanahan showed his players the standings, to demonstrate that the Redskins aren’t out of things yet.

“I don’t even know our record, what, 3-6?” Hall told 106.7 The Fan’s LaVar and Dukes program. “To be 3-6 and actually have a chance to control your own destiny is pretty rare.

“When we met Monday, that was the topic of the meeting,” Hall said. “Coach put the records up and showed us that we actually have a chance. And that’s all you can ask for, especially when you went out and kind of stunk it up the first half of the season. To actually have a chance to still be playing for something at this point, with three wins, is definitely surprising. We’ve got to take advantage of it….

“We feel like we’ve got a chance. We definitely feel like we’ve got a chance. The task is what it is, it’s to go out there and try to get wins. We’re gonna definitely pull out everything, pull out all the stops, throw the kitchen sink at ‘em to try to pull this thing out.”

Heck, Barry Cofield told reporters on Thursday that “with the way our offense is playing, we can win out,” and that “anything short of that will be disappointing.”

Which is not to say that Hall was sprinting back to Ashburn for the second half of the season. I suppose he was joking, but this is how his interview started.

Dukes: How was your time off?

Hall: Much needed.

Arrington: Did you want to come back?

Hall: No. Absolutely not.

Arrington: But you’re back, so what do we got going on this week?

Hall: Trying to win a game, man. You know, trying to win a game. That’s the reason we do what we do.

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.



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