Redskins face a week of questions about Shanahan, RGIII

The Redskins sank to 3-10 with a how-low-can-they-go loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

There were plenty of questions after the game — and precious few of them were related to the 45-10 blowout. Mike Shanahan wanted to discuss football and the job at hand, preferring not to answer questions concerning a report about a fractured relationship with owner Daniel Snyder or his future as coach of the team. Nor was Robert Griffin III eager to explore just why postgame questions swirl about off-the-field drama.

Instead, they tried to focus on next week, when they’ll play the Falcons in Atlanta. They were the only ones doing so.

Thanks for joining us. This is going to be one interesting week at Redskins Park. See you here next Sunday.

RGIII on Shanahan/Snyder, drama and whether he’ll start next week

And…now, what does Robert Griffin III have to say about the 45-10 loss?

On being replaced by Kirk Cousins late in the game:

“He just came and talked to me before the last series I was in and told me if they scored the game was out of hand there was no way we could win it, so he was going to pull me out. … Really at that point, he just didn’t want to risk any injury the latter part of the game, the fourth quarter when the game was out of hand.”

“It’s tough, but I understood. You don’t fight that. As a competitor you don’t care what’s going on on the field, what the score is of the game. You want to finish the game with your guys. That was tough, but I understood. But you still sit there and you have to everything you can to help Kirk out there, to perform and move the ball and score. I thought I tried to do that effectively.”

On whether there’s any doubt that he’ll start next week:

“That’s not an issue.”

On the drama that often surrounds him and the distractions he faces:

“It’s not what the game’s about. Constantly I come into these press conferences and I get asked every question about non-football things as opposed to football. It’s just not the way the game should be going. When you’re sitting at 3-10 you partially understand some of it, but at the end of the day, there’s other questions that need to be asked and other things that we have to do and one of them is playing better. None of us played good today. I didn’t play well. We all have to play better. I have to play better. They outplayed us today and there’s no way around that. The game got out of hand right from the get-go. That was hard to deal with.”

On the ESPN report about the relationship between Shanahan and Snyder:

“I didn’t hear about it and I hope no one heard about it because I wouldn’t want that to be what happened, not on the field today. I didn’t know about it, still don’t know about it. I’m just trying to deal with what we’re dealing with right now, thinking about this game, getting ready to watch the film and getting ready for Atlanta.”

Each week brings a new report and RGIII was asked if that was getting tiresome.

“It is old, but I don’t know, it’s been the past couple games, I don’t know. Is it calculated? I don’t know what it is, but like I said, I still don’t know what the report was and I’m not even going to worry about it.”

Did Shanahan, he was asked, give him any indication he was ready to walk away, as ESPN reported?

“Uh, no.” (With a smile, a laugh and a shrug.)

Tom Boswell asked whether he receives preferential treatment from the owner.

“I’m not going to talk about that stuff, guys. It’s not even relevant to the football game, it’s not relevant to my life. Which is my answer to that. It’s ridiculous.”

Griffin was asked why his relationship with Shanahan keeps coming up, why it is the subject of scrutiny and criticism.

“I don’t know and I’m being frustrated now in trying to hold everything back. Some things are allowed to happen and we can cut a lot of the stuff out and it’s not being cut out. So I don’t know what else I can do about that. I come to work every day. I work with those guys every day and I’ll go to war with them every day. It’s very unfortunate and that’s all I can say about it at this time. And that’s all I will say. We’ll be ready for Atlanta. They’re still a good football team no matter what their record is. What we have to do is play hard these last three games.”


Shanahan won’t discuss relationship with Snyder, job security

Mike Shanahan opened with a statement about the ESPN report that he’d been ready to quit last January.

“It’s not the right time or place to talk about my relationship with Dan Snyder or it’s not the right time and place to talk about something that happened a year ago. I’ll get a chance to talk to Dan at the end of this season. I’ll give him some viewpoints from me and I’m sure he’ll give me his thoughts on what direction we’ll go and so we’ll communicate that at the proper time.

“I take full responsibility for this game today. I didn’t have the players ready to play. I thought they were ready to play. We obviously were horrendous on special teams, giving up big play after big play. Didn’t tackle like we normally tackle on defense. Offensively, [we] did a couple of good things, couldn’t get anything going in the second half. So I’ll put that all on me.”

With the team at 3-10, he refused to address the veracity of reports that have swirled all week.

“There’s only one focus that I have now — any time that you’re 3-9 or 3-10, there’s going to be constantly things brought up time after time — there’s one thing that I’ll talk about and that’ll be the Atlanta Falcons or we’ll talk about the remaining three games. So I’m not going to go down that road [of shooting down reports] because I understand what happens when you’re having the kind of season we’re having.”

As for his job security…

“My focus is going to be on Atlanta. I’m not going to get away from that. We’ve got a lot of work to do, [we] did a poor job of getting them ready today. I will get ’em ready next week. We’ve got to play at a much higher level to have a chance to beat a good football team. That’s totally on my shoulders.”

Tom Boswell of the Post said that basically Shanahan was going to talk about what he wanted to talk about, to which Shanahan replied:

“Well, if you’d like to word it that way, I don’t like to word that way. I’d like to talk about the job at hand, not speculation or my relationship [with Snyder]. I’d like to focus on the job at hand.”

Mark Maske of the Post asked Shanahan if he’d spoke with Snyder since the ESPN story appeared.

“Like I said, we’ll talk about football. We’ll talk about Atlanta. I’m not going to get into details about my relationship with Dan or about the reports that circled this morning.”

Shanahan did admit the season is “frustrating” and he’s never been through a season like this and, with a sigh, added, “not with a football team that did what we did the year before.”

He refused to answer Maske’s question about whether he wants to remain the coach. “I think I made my point.”

Shanahan said he told Robert Griffin III that he’d put Kirk Cousins in if the “game got out of reach.” He did so and was asked if RGIII would start next week.

“We’ll talk about all that later….I would say that about any position. We’ll look at injuries, we’ll look at where we’re at, what direction we’re going.”

Redskins lose to Chiefs, 45-10

Washington loses its fifth consecutive game, and Coach Mike Shanahan has his third double-digit loss season in four years.

Redskins down big at two-minute warning

Washington trails Kansas City, 45-10, with two minutes to play and are heading for its fifth straight loss.

Chiefs turn it over on downs

Redskins take over at their 34-yard line.

Chiefs pulling away statiscally

Kansas City has amassed 344 yards, including 190 yards rushing. Washington has 246 total yards.

Arrington, McNabb share their thoughts

Check it out:

Perry Riley Jr. comes up with interception

Linebacker Perry Riley Jr. intercepts Chase Daniel, and Redskins take over at their 45 with 7:25 left in regulation.

Alex Smith done for Chiefs

With a comfortable 45-10 lead in the fourth quarter, Alex Smith departs at quarterback, and Chase Daniel enters.

Cousins in at quarterback

Robert Griffin III’s day is done. He finishes 12 for 26 with 164 yards and a touchdown and four carries for 29 yards.

Chiefs open 4Q with TD

Knile Davis breaks through for a 17-yard touchdown run to give the Chiefs a 45-10 lead with 13:45 left in regulation.

Kansas City Chiefs running back Knile Davis breaks free from Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson for a touchdown. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Redskins down 38-10 after third quarter

No scoring in the third quarter, and Chiefs still lead, 38-10.

Special teams sighting

Niles Paul drills Dexter McCluster on a punt return for no yards. Finally a nice special teams play from the Redskins.

Chiefs miss field goal in 3Q

Place kicker Ryan Succop misses 40-yard field goal wide right. Chiefs still lead, 38-10, with 4:46 left in third quarter.

Charles goes for 35 yards

Jamaal Charles busts loose for 35 yards to move past 100 yards today.

Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) rushes the ball against the Washington Redskins during the first quarter. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs moving in third quarter

Dwayne Bowe catches 10-yard pass to extend the Chiefs drive.

Another punt for Redskins

Robert Griffin III throws incomplete on third and nine. Redskins will punt.

Postgame traffic won’t be a problem


Redskins go three and out

Washington’s first possession of the second half results in a punt by Sav Rocca.

Two burning questions

First-half analysis

No much to say this time other than the obvious, which is abysmal special teams play. Dexter McCluster has a 74-yard punt return for a touchdown, and Quintin Demps has a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. The Redskins have 159 total yards, and Kansas City has 166. The other statistics are similar, except the Chiefs have had short fields with which to work. Needless to say, Washington must score on the first drive of the second half to have any prayer of making this game respectable.

Forbath adds FG to end first half

Place kicker Kai Forbath makes a 50-yard field goal as the first half expires, and the Redskins go into the locker room trailing, 38-10.

About that touchdown return (the second one)

KC answers with TD on kickoff return

Following a Redskins touchdown, Quintin Demps returns the kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown to give the Chiefs a 38-7 lead with 53 seconds left in the first half.

Dec 8, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Quintin Demps (35) scores a touchdown on a kickoff return. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Paulsen gets Redskins on the board

TE Logan Paulsen tips the ball to himself and secures the ball in the back of the end zone for a seven-yard score. Redskins trail, 31-7, with 1:13 left until halftime.

Washington Redskins tight end Logan Paulsen pulls in a touchdown pass as Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Quintin Demps closes. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Robinson makes leaping catch

Aldrick Robinson’s leaping catch gives Redskins first and goal from the 6.

Redskins driving at two-minute warning

Robert Griffin III completes a 30-yard pass to Aldrick Robinson to get Washington to the KC 24 at the two-minute warning.

It’s one-liner time

Twitter is where fans vent their frustrations and budding comedians test new material. Chelsea put together some reaction from earlier. Here’s more:

Berry sacks RGIII on third down

Safety Eric Berry dumps Robert Griffin III on third down for an eight-yard loss.

RGIII sacked again

Tamba Hali abuses Tyler Polumbus to sack Robert Griffin III for a five-yard loss. Second and 15 for Washington.

Outside linebacker Tamba Hali #91 of the Kansas City Chiefs sacks quarterback Robert Griffin III. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Lots and lots of reaction.

None of it positive.

McCluster gives KC 31-0 lead

Dexter McCluster returns a punt 74 yards to give the Chiefs a 31-0 lead with 9:45 left in the first quarter.

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dexter McCluster (22) scores a touchdown on a punt return. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

KC defensive TD to be overturned

KC’s Quinton Demps recovers what’s ruled a fumble by RGIII and returns it 13 yards for a touchdown, but this is coming back. Griffin clearly was down before losing the ball.

Redskins start at their 7

Robert Griffin III throws incomplete on first down amid heavy pressure up middle.

Fun fact

Another touchdown for Charles

Jamaal Charles catches five-yard touchdown to give the Chiefs 24-0 lead with 11:27 left until hafltime.

Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles celebrates his touchdown during the first half . (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Snyder-Shanahan beyond repair?

Redskins management reacted strongly to this morning’s report, via Mark Maske and Jason Reid:

The story in full is here. Some interesting excerpts:

“I don’t know that it can be fixed now,” one of those people said.

Multiple people with knowledge of the thinking of Redskins officials said members of the team’s management wonder whether Shanahan is hopeful of leaving the organization to be a candidate for the Houston Texans’ head coaching vacancy.



ESPN reported Sunday that Shanahan contemplated quitting his job after last season because of his dissatisfaction with the relationship between Griffin and Snyder, which is widely portrayed as being close. Shanahan cleaned out his office before the Redskins’ playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks but changed his mind after Griffin re-injured his right knee during that game, necessitating surgery days later.

Shanahan was not available to comment prior to the Kansas City game Sunday. Redskins spokesman Tony Wyllie said of the report, “It’s ridiculous.”

Wyllie said Shanahan would address the report following Sunday’s game.

People who were in Shanahan’s office in the days immediately before and after the Seattle playoff game said they did not notice the office being cleared out.

Royster taken off field

Backup running back Evan Roysters is being carted off the field with an apparent left ankle injury.

RGIII sacked

Tamba Hali drops Robert Griffin III for a two-yard loss, and it’s third and 19.

The first quarter, as told by one image

Redskins trail after 1Q, 17-0

Jamaal Charles has a two-yard touchdown run, and Dwayne Bowe adds 21-yard scoring catch to help Chiefs open 17-0 lead.

Snow rules

Fox rules analyst Mike Pereira is sharing some of the snow-specific rules the refs will be trying to uphold today. Interesting stuff.

KC takes 17-0 lead in 1Q

Dwayne Bowe catches 21-yard touchdown pass from Alex Smith for a 17-0 lead with 1:02 left in the first quarter.

RGIII intercepted

Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson steps into the passing lane to intercept Robert Griffin III and returns it 42 yards to the Washington 26.

RGIII to Moss to extend drive

Robert Griffin III completes a 12-yard pass to Santana Moss for a first down on third and three.

Morris goes over 1,000 yards

Alfred Morris carries for 11 yards to go over 1,000 yards for a second straight season.

Charles finishes off drive with TD

Jamaal Charles scores on a two-yard run to give the Chiefs a 10-0 lead with 5:52 left in the first quarter.

 Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) is congratulated by Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz (74) after scoring a touchdown during the first quarter. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Charles barrels for first down

Jamaal Charles storms ahead for two yards, and Chiefs have first and goal at the 3.

KC goes for it on fourth and one

Alex Smith is a yard short on run on third and two.

McCluster breaks long punt return

Dexter McCluster breaks free for 48 yards on a punt return to give KC first and 10 at the Redskins 13.

First punt coming for Redskins

Robert Griffin III scrambles for six yards on third and 11. Redskins will punt.

Garcon on quick slant

Robert Griffin III completes a 13-yard pass to Pierre Garcon for a first down.

Chiefs strike first for 3-0 lead

Place kicker Ryan Succop’s 33-yard field goal opens the scoring with 11:30 left in first quarter.

Chiefs get ball first

KC gets to its 33 on the return.

The inflatable helmet tunnel working just fine

After some issues last week, the Redskins’ inflatable helmet tunnel looks good to go despite the conditions.

One man who won’t be replacing Shanahan

Is Jon Gruden. A report says he won’t be coaching in 2014. More from the Early Lead here.

And there’s still nobody at FedEx Field

More reaction to the Shanahan story

If you’re curious. And you are.

This doesn’t bode well

It may be worse in Philly…(supply your own punch line)

There is nasty weather up and down I-95, with games in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Baltimore, as well as Landover, Md. In Philly, the Eagles will play the Cleveland Browns.

And here’s a view from the roads in Baltimore:

Up-to-the-minute coverage of the DC storm

The Capital Gang is on the case! Whether you’re at FedEx (which, from the looks of things is only about four people right now) or on your couch, get all the weather updates you need here.

Looks like it’s going to be wintry-mixing in Landover:


Jordan Reed inactive again

Redskins’ tight end Jordan Reed headlines this week’s Washington inactives, missing his third straight game with a concussion. Brandon Meriweather, Darrel Young, Chase Minnifield, Brandon Jenkins, Josh LeRibeus, Rex Grossman also out.

A tale of turf and track

The turf, newly installed last month, wasn’t holding up well over the last two games and today’s weather isn’t going to help it. In addition, it has been slippery even on dry days. In case you hadn’t noticed, rain/sleet/snow are likely to fall throughout the game. So, too, is the temperature, which means that a soggy field would freeze.

And then there’s that rubberized warning track on which Robert Griffin III slipped last week, on a dry day.

There’s a report that the team has taken precautions but has not yet replaced it.



Was Mike Shanahan going to quit after last year?

According to an ESPN article by Dan Graziano, ESPN’s New York Giants reporter, the answer to that question is yes. In the article, Graziano cites an unnamed source who said Shanahan cleaned out his office prior to the Redskins’ playoff game against the Seahawks, frustrated by the favoritism shown Robert Griffin III by owner Dan Snyder.

Some reaction…

Where are the tailgaters…?

A 3-9 team that’s been eliminated from the playoffs and a matchup with an opponent who isn’t a natural rival doesn’t make for the most attractive and alluring games. Add to that the DMV forecast of snow, sleet and icing and you’ve got … empty parking lots. Really empty parking lots.



Join the discussion

Welcome to our live blog for today’s game between the Washington Redskins and Kansas City Chiefs. Washington was eliminated from playoff contention last week and will be playing strictly for pride. The Chiefs have lost three in a row, but Coach Andy Reid is 3-0 against the NFC East this season. Here is some reading to get you started:

Garcon proves he can be the one | Five story lines to follow | Washington bracing for Charles |