ASHBURN, Va. -- The noise has surrounded Mike Shanahan for several weeks, with stories about his fate and endless questions asked of players. But Shanahan said he hasn’t addressed his status with the players.
“Same thing we’ve been talking about since day one — all of those things you address at the end of the season,” Shanahan said.
The players have maintained a public show of support for Shanahan, which is customary. It’s been more consistent, even privately, than for previous coaches about to get fired in Washington. But one player said perhaps the bigger loss would be offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.
Meanwhile, Mike Shanahan has maintained a sense of humor despite the tumultuous season. When asked if he was annoyed that Dallas did not follow NFL guidelines by excluding quarterback Tony Romo from the injury report last week despite his back issues, Shanahan quickly snapped: “The only thing that annoyed me was the play he made at the end of the game.”
Romo, of course, threw a 10-yard touchdown pass on fourth down to running back DeMarco Murray. Incidentally: the officials missed the spot on the final play. On Murray’s third-down run, he was tackled at the 12-yard line. But the ball was placed at the 10.
Shanahan said the facility will be closed Wednesday so players, coaches and the rest of the staff can be at home with their families. Shanahan said he’ll be with his six grandkids Wednesday – three of whom belong to son, and offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan. Mike Shanahan’s daughter also has three children.
The Redskins signed linebacker Adrian Robinson to the active roster. He signed with Pittsburgh as an undrafted free agent in 2012 out of Temple. Robinson was traded to Philadelphia this summer and was eventually cut. Denver signed him on Sept. 1 and cut him on Oct. 15. San Diego signed him Nov. 12 and released him on Dec. 7. Robinson has appeared in 20 NFL games, including 12 with the Steelers. The Redskins signed tight end Gabe Miller to the practice squad.