Shanahan didn’t go into specifics of the discussion or the play, but said that he thought that Pittsburgh receiver Emmanuel Sanders should have been flagged for the tussle prior to Hall’s tirade. Shanahan said Hall did well maintaining his composure until he removed his helmet.
But Shanahan said: “If something occurs, you have to be strong enough to stay away from it.”
Shanahan said he is waiting for the outcome of Hall’s meeting with Commissioner Roger Goodell before making any decision on disciplinary action for Hall. Shanahan said Hall wants to meet with Goodell to find out if he will have to miss any games because of the ejection.
— Shanahan said Sav Rocca is punting with a torn meniscus in his right knee, but doctors have said he can’t make it any worse by playing on it.
— Shanahan said quarterback Robert Griffin III has become much better at protecting himself from hits by defenders.
— Shanahan said the team is considering its options before Thursday’s trade deadline. But he said it’s not common for teams to pull off in-season trades.
— Shanahan said of his defense: “We’re not the same team that we were last year.” But he expects the unit to improve in the second half of the season. Shanahan said he’s satisfied with the way the defense is being prepared for games. “Absolutely. No question about it,” he said.
— Shanahan said anyone who can’t look at the team and see improvements on offense “doesn’t know football.”
— Injuries have prevented the Redskins from receiving much from their free agent class, Shanahan said, with Pierre Garcon, Brandon Meriweather and Cedric Griffin hurt much of the first half of the season and Tanard Jackson suspended.
“There’s nothing you can do about injuries,” Shanahan said, before adding that he was disappointed in Jackson.
Shanahan said that free agent free safety Madieu Williams has been “solid” as he expected. Shanahan said he felt good about what cornerback Cedric Griffin has given the team when healthy and that receiver Josh Morgan “has major upside.” Shanahan said he expects more from Morgan and other free agents in the second half of the season.
Shanahan said Garcon isn’t likely to come back until after the bye. Neither is Meriweather.
— Shanahan said “everyone knows that [this week’s game] is a must-win if you’re 3-5 at the bye week.” He says if the Redskins want to make the playoffs, they can’t afford to lose Sunday.
— Shanahan said he was surprised by how well linebacker London Fletcher played despite missing practice much of last week.
— Shanahan said that the players reported to Redskins Park at 12:30 to view tape of the game, then went home early because of the approach of Hurricane Sandy.
He expects the team to practice Wednesday. Asked about the team’s practice bubble, Shanahan said, “I’m just hoping it’s there when I wake up, and not somewhere on 267.”