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Questions about job status, media leaks lead Shanahan to exit postgame news conference

ATLANTA — Coach Mike Shanahan didn’t want to address his job status or media leaks following the Washington Redskins’ 27-26 loss Sunday to the Atlanta Falcons, leaving a nearly five-minute postgame news conference after facing a few questions on those subjects.

Mike Shanahan pleads his case with official Mike Weatherford during Sunday's game in Atlanta. (David Goldman/Associated Press) Mike Shanahan pleads his case with official Mike Weatherford during Sunday’s game in Atlanta. (David Goldman/Associated Press)

“It’s just disappointing we lost the game,” Shanahan said. “I’m tired of talking about the job. If you want to talk about this game, talk about Dallas or if you want to talk about the Giants, that’s great, or our football team. I’d sure like to concentrate on that.”

The Redskins’ record dropped to 3-11 and their losing streak was extended to six games. They close the season by facing the Cowboys at home and the Giants on the road.

Shanahan’s exit from his news conference was polite but abrupt after he was asked about the sources behind ongoing reports about his deliberations with Redskins owner Daniel Snyder over his job.

“Okay, thank you, gentlemen,” Shanahan said as he walked away from a media briefing area set up outside the Redskins’ locker room at the Georgia Dome.

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What’s ahead:

●  Alfred Morris laments his two lost fumbles, Brian Orakpo gets pressure on quarterbacks.

More from The Post:

Redskins rally, but fail on two-point conversion and lose, 27-26

Griffin tries to help from sidelinesMorris laments lost fumbles

Orakpo accumlates sacksWilliams hurts knee, finishes game

D.C. Sports Bog: Redskins vs. Falcons best and worst | More

Bog: Cousins blames himself Postgame quotes

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.



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