ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan knows the benefit of continuity at coach and quarterback. It’s something the Redskins haven’t had in a long time. And, with a 3-9 record in Year Four of Shanahan’s regime, there’s a chance it might not happen again.
That decision hasn’t been made, of course. It’s uncertain if owner Dan Snyder would want to pay Shanahan $7 million in addition to paying the rest of his staff, and then hiring a new staff.
For now, Shanahan sees the value in stability at coach and quarterback. But he also knows it’s not his call.
“In a perfect world you’d always like to be running an offense you feel comfortable with, there’s no question about that,” Shanahan said. “You’d always like to be with the same system so you don’t have to learn terminology. But that’s not always a perfect world, so a lot of quarterbacks adjust different ways, there’s a lot of different philosophies on what offense is the best – is it a good running game, is it a good passing game, what’s first?
“It’s really the direction of ownership, what direction they want to go, what type of offense they want to run, what type of defense they want to run, those type of things.”
Shanahan said he spoke with receiver Pierre Garcon about his penalty Sunday. Garcon kicked the ball after an incomplete pass in the end zone, drawing a 5-yard delay-of-game penalty. "I can guarantee you that will never happen again with Pierre,” Shanahan said. “I don’t think you need to go much further than that. … You can’t, regardless of how competitive you are, you can’t put your team at a disadvantage and do something like that. Thankfully it was a 5-yard penalty with the field goal and it didn’t matter, but so many times they are the difference between winning and losing.”
Offensive lineman Maurice Hurt was placed on injured reserve Wednesday. He had been on the physically unable to perform list after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his knee in the spring. Hurt had practiced the past three weeks as the coaches evaluated whether or not they wanted to activate him. They had until Wednesday to make a decision. “He’s looking better, but you’ve got to make a decision what direction you’re going to go and missing all that time we decided to go in that direction,” Shanahan said.