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Mike Shanahan: Redskins are used to “do or die” scenarios

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Redskins coach Mike Shanahan doesn’t care that the team’s game against the Cowboys was flexed to Sunday night.

While the results of the Bears and Vikings games will be known, potentially offering the Redskins a path into the playoffs other than beating Dallas, Shanahan said that the goal was still to win the division. And if the team has to win to get in, Shanahan likes their chances after playing the last six weeks under similar circumstances.

“I think it’s good. I think it’s really good. They get used to the pressure over the last six weeks, knowing every game is do or die,” Shanahan said, via the Washington Post. “They’re used to that scenario right now. They know we have to play our best football, and everything we’re working for comes back to this weekend: taking advantage of what we’ve done the last six weeks. It really doesn’t mean anything unless we take advantage of our game against Dallas.”

There’s not much reason for the Redskins to take their foot off the pedal at this point. Whatever happens Sunday afternoon, the division title means a home game and that’s something well worth the fight even if there’s another door into the playoffs.

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38 Responses to “Mike Shanahan: Redskins are used to “do or die” scenarios”
  1. kattykathy says: Dec 25, 2012 12:40 PM

    Who cares about the Redskins.

    My man went to JARED’S !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THANK YOU SANTA!!!!!!

  2. boyshole25 says: Dec 25, 2012 12:53 PM

    Oh god can it Kathy

  3. kattykathy says: Dec 25, 2012 12:53 PM

    Yes indeed, it does pay to be a good girl ;)

  4. logicalvoicesays says: Dec 25, 2012 12:56 PM

    God is on Team Redskins. We’ll win in every situation possible. Merry Griffmas everyone.

  5. richwizl says: Dec 25, 2012 1:14 PM

    I’m looking forward to a great NFL matchup. Although The Patriots are my guys, I’ve always cheered the ‘Skins, too, ever since the days of the great Sonny Jurgensen. And who couldn’t love “The Hogs” and “The Diesel”? Go Redskins!

  6. edhochuli says: Dec 25, 2012 1:16 PM

    Cowboys will get their first blowout win of the season. The Redskins and their fanbase are a delusional joke as logicalvoice clearly demonstrates on a weekly basis. RG3 will be exposed for the rookie QB that he is.

  7. bluebongzilla says: Dec 25, 2012 1:19 PM

    If God were on team redskins, they’d have more than one winning season out of the last five. But you go ahead and put your trust in the Lord and Mike Shanarat. They have as many playoff wins as the Cowboys do in the last 14 years.

  8. skinsfan87 says: Dec 25, 2012 1:27 PM

    The Redskins will handle the Cowgirls as they did on national stage for thanksgiving. From worst to first…a QB makes all the difference. NFCEAST Champs is how it will be for years to come. HTTR!

  9. matt4477 says: Dec 25, 2012 1:31 PM

    Tony Romo will show what a terrible quarterback he really is and Demarco Murray will put it on the carpet as RG3 has a field day. HTTR!

  10. skinsfan77 says: Dec 25, 2012 1:38 PM

    kattykathy, that was the funniest post I read all morning, thankyou…..bahahaaaaaaaaa!

  11. clw1906 says: Dec 25, 2012 1:57 PM

    edhochuli says:
    Dec 25, 2012 1:16 PM
    Cowboys will get their first blowout win of the season. The Redskins and their fanbase are a delusional joke as logicalvoice clearly demonstrates on a weekly basis. RG3 will be exposed for the rookie QB that he is.

    I guess you’re cable has been out the last two months. Way to expose yourself as the football genius that you are!

  12. jbcommonsense says: Dec 25, 2012 2:04 PM

    The Redskins are jelling, and rolling with RGIII and London Fletcher. Now only the Cowpies stand in the way of an NFC East division crown. Hopefully RGIII will also get the recognition he deserves when they are selecting Rookie of the Year.

  13. rickvaldez says: Dec 25, 2012 2:11 PM

    Why is it for the past 15 weeks there has to be some Cowboys/Giants/Eagles fan on here saying he will get exposed for the rookie yhat he is? We all know he’s a rookie but up to this point has been pretty good with his decisions. You sound as delusional as peytonsneck

  14. abninf says: Dec 25, 2012 2:21 PM

    skinsfan87 says:
    Dec 25, 2012 1:27 PM
    The Redskins will handle the Cowgirls as they did on national stage for thanksgiving.
    ===================================

    They won by seven points after blowing a 28-3 halftime lead. The lowly Eagles put up over 400 yards on you two days ago.

  15. blackqbwhiterb says: Dec 25, 2012 2:25 PM

    Ohhhh, the drama!! Cant wait for Sunday night!!

  16. enrifer says: Dec 25, 2012 2:29 PM

    Demarco Murray will be the x factor he was injured on their first meeting

  17. commonsensedude says: Dec 25, 2012 2:37 PM

    I totally agree that Tony Romo will be exposed for the rookie that he is.

  18. larrydavid7000 says: Dec 25, 2012 2:41 PM

    @ abninf that may be true but this time there won’t be a 30 minute half time show to help out your cowgirls to make adjustments that they will need cause the Redskins will be blowing out your sorry team out.!!!!!!! The Redskins defense is playing much better.

  19. clw1906 says: Dec 25, 2012 3:47 PM

    @abninf yeah the Skins took the foot off the gas too. They could’ve won by 30 that game. Yeah that’s the same eagles team that put up 33 points and 423 yards on the Cowgirls! Lol your response is typical of cowgirl fans you have no knowledge of what’s really going on in the nfl not even with your own team. Lol

  20. bluebongzilla says: Dec 25, 2012 5:06 PM

    Sure, coulda won by 30. And I suppose they could have had 12 wins, too.

  21. clw1906 says: Dec 25, 2012 5:17 PM

    Yep but guess what genius they didnt need it 10 will do!

  22. ceschatz says: Dec 25, 2012 5:48 PM

    Good to see all the fair weather redskin fans on here. Your team has been irrelevant for how many years? Now you want to pop up acting like you own the NFC and a playoff spot? Next week the redskins will once again be irrelevant. RG3 has been a beast his rookie season no doubt, but then again so was Cam Newton.

  23. duncanthecat says: Dec 25, 2012 6:00 PM

    A chorus of, “we want Dallas” drowned out by “RGIII’s”!

    I wish I could be there. It will be a great night.

  24. bluebongzilla says: Dec 25, 2012 6:48 PM

    “Yep but guess what genius they didnt need it 10 will do!”

    Well guess what genius… they don’t have it yet. The Deadskins have managed 10 wins just once since Norv Turner was fired and only twice in the last EIGHT coaches.

  25. boyshole25 says: Dec 25, 2012 7:23 PM

    Ok giants fan lol

  26. johnnyballsack says: Dec 25, 2012 7:51 PM

    I am a NYG fan, true and blue and live in DC area now. I am very happy for my friends who are loyal Redskin fans and have suffered through some recent bad seasons. But I am sick and tired about hearing that they are “God’s Team”. Anyone who believes in a god and still thinks that he/she wants a particular sports team to win is sacrilegious and absurd.

    I know this stems from Robert Griffin talking about how God wants them to win in his post game speeches, which makes me think the same about him- smug and not very humble. If God wants anyone to win, it is Tebow, and that obviously isn’t working out so great. At least Tebow “thanks god” after a game, he doesn’t tell people that god wants him to win. What makes RG more “god worthy” than anyone else? Will it be God’s fault if the Redskins do not win the Super Bowl?

  27. clw1906 says: Dec 25, 2012 8:22 PM

    And let me check genius nope norv doesn’t coach in Washington anymore. You may want to update your football info and get out of a decade ago hater.

  28. skinsdiehard says: Dec 25, 2012 8:50 PM

    edhochuli says:
    Dec 25, 2012 1:16 PM
    Cowboys will get their first blowout win of the season. The Redskins and their fanbase are a delusional joke as logicalvoice clearly demonstrates on a weekly basis. RG3 will be exposed for the rookie QB that he is.
    —————————————–
    Total idiot….next post please.

  29. skinsdiehard says: Dec 25, 2012 8:52 PM

    RG3 has never said in a postgame news conf that “god wants the Skins to win”. I watch all of the games and postgame interviews….i dont recall that. Please state the game that you heard this.

  30. skinsdiehard says: Dec 25, 2012 8:56 PM

    ceschatz says:
    Dec 25, 2012 5:48 PM
    Good to see all the fair weather redskin fans on here. Your team has been irrelevant for how many years? Now you want to pop up acting like you own the NFC and a playoff spot? Next week the redskins will once again be irrelevant. RG3 has been a beast his rookie season no doubt, but then again so was Cam Newton.
    —————————————
    Amazingly dumb posts continue to follow Skins stories this year from rival fans. Cam did not make the playoffs. RG3 will….as simple as that. Skins fans have been saying for years on this site that the team was not that bad…just needed a QB. Now we finally have one. That’s the only true difference. In earlier years the defense was even better than it is now….just that Campbell, Brunell and McNabb weren’t good QB’s.

  31. tdk24 says: Dec 25, 2012 9:22 PM

    Well, since the Redskins don’t have a history of “doing”, that only leaves dieing.

  32. johnnyballsack says: Dec 25, 2012 9:26 PM

    skinsdiehard says:
    Dec 25, 2012 8:52 PM
    RG3 has never said in a postgame news conf that “god wants the Skins to win”. I watch all of the games and postgame interviews….i dont recall that. Please state the game that you heard this.
    ——————————————–
    He said it after the Giants game. They interviewed him after the game on MNF and he told Steve Young (regarding the fumble/TD): “It happened that way because God is on OUR side”. You can google it, or go through the postgame interview archives. He regularly says in interviews things like “God is looking after us”. Where else do you think the term “God’s Team” came from?

    He also said during the same interview, in a week the NYG defenders praised him and were very respectful: “I knew that there is no way they could stop ME”…not very humble or crediting to his teammates. I have never heard such brashness from Tom Brady, Eli, Peyton, Roethlisberger, Rodgers or any of the Super Bowl winning QBs in the league.

    The man is an incredible, bright, gifted QB with an even brighter future ahead of him, if he stays healthy, and I am sure he will. But, that statement and others from him have been pretty smug and/or immature.

    And I am not bitter, the Giants haven’t played well the last 6 weeks and do not deserve to be in the playoffs unless a few other teams choke. Even then, they probably do not belong this year.

  33. justwannawinna says: Dec 25, 2012 10:17 PM

    Dont blame Mcnabb, he was a great QB but Kyle shanahan refused to spoon feed him the offense like RG3 has right now. That and Mcnabb cant run a gimmick offense cuz hes not fast enough and cant take those hits for 2-3 years.
    RG3′s potential is nowhere near Cam Newtons. Cam can take those hits and run for his entire career, also he can throw the deep ball better than RG3. The true difference now is that RG3s team has a much better roster than the panthers.

  34. johnnyballsack says: Dec 25, 2012 10:19 PM

    Amazingly dumb posts continue to follow Skins stories this year from rival fans. Cam did not make the playoffs. RG3 will….as simple as that. Skins fans have been saying for years on this site that the team was not that bad…just needed a QB. Now we finally have one. That’s the only true difference. In earlier years the defense was even better than it is now….just that Campbell, Brunell and McNabb weren’t good QB’s.
    ———————————————
    All the Redskin fans praise Bob Griffin as the new savior of the NFL. But another big reason for the success is Alfred Morris. Humble, hard working and just beast. A RB that is in a position to set the franchise single season rushing record helps a lot more than just a new QB who will not be top 10 in yards or TDs.

    RG gets all the praise, but Morris is a huge piece of the puzzle that had been missing the past few years.

    I would say Morris has had a more “Rookie of Year” impact than Griffin. But he will not get votes because he stays out of the spotlight. I would not trade Eli for RG, but would trade Bradshaw and Wilson for Morris any day.

  35. knibley says: Dec 26, 2012 8:15 AM

    @abninf

    I think the Skins were up 35-13 w/ 8-9 mins left. And the Cowboys had to hit multiple 4th downs (one of their touchdowns coming on 4th/10) against essentially a prevent d to make it look more respectable. Also don’t think the Cowboys ever held the ball w/ a chance to tie in the 2nd half. Skins also kneeled down on the Cowboys 1 yard line to end the game. It wasn’t really that close the first time.

  36. bluebongzilla says: Dec 26, 2012 11:22 AM

    “I think the Skins were up 35-13 w/ 8-9 mins left. And the Cowboys had to hit multiple 4th downs (one of their touchdowns coming on 4th/10) against essentially a prevent d to make it look more respectable.”

    Actually the score was 35-21 with 10 minutes left. They went for it exactly once on 4th down the entire game. 4th and 3 from the Deadskins’ 11, and they did score a TD on the play. Nobody plays prevent from the 11 yard line. And there’s no substitute for actually watching the game.

  37. alphaq2 says: Dec 26, 2012 12:52 PM

    @bluebongzilla

    Deangelo did kneal down on the Dallas 1 yard line. You can kid yourself as much as you like. It was a thrashing and you know it. The Cowboys had no chance the entire game.

    From reading the majority of these posts you would think the Redskins are the underdogs in this HOME game coming up…silly rabbits

  38. knibley says: Dec 26, 2012 2:35 PM

    @bluebongzilla

    Thanks for the fact check, but the game was over at 35-13 early in the 4th. And yes, they were playing against a prevent d from that point on, and did a nice job tightening it, but still never had the ball w/ a chance to tie or take the lead since 7-3 early in the 2nd quarter.

    Not saying game 2 won’t be close, but the idea that game 1 was nip/tuck is absurd.

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