December 2011 - Washington Redskins Wiretap
Shanahan Has 'No Doubt' He'll Return To Redskins
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said he has no doubt he will return to the team next season despite a lack of progress in the won-lost column. Shanahan is nearing the end of the second season of the five-year, $35 million contract that he signed in January of 2010. Washington has 11 wins in two seasons, heading into Sunday's finale, under Shanahan. "No, there's no doubt in my mind," he said of his future without hesitation. "Hopefully there's no doubt in Dan's mind, too,” Shanahan added in reference to owner Daniel Snyder. "That would be the bigger guy to ask."
Ray Lewis: Ravens-Bengals Like Playoff Game
The Ravens do not care that the Bengals can reach the playoffs with a victory Sunday. "It's about us, man. It's not about them," Ravens defensive end Cory Redding said. "We need to get this win so we can get what we're looking for: a bye week and home-field advantage." Baltimore can clinch a first-round bye with a win in Week 17. "This is a playoff game," Ray Lewis added. "The thing is, they're trying to get in and we're already in. We have to go finish what we started, what we've been working on the whole year. We know that we're playing for home-field advantage. We know how big that is, to come play in Baltimore. There is nothing else on our mind."
Shanahan: Fixing Redskins More Difficult Than Expected
Having lost at least 10 games for the second consecutive season, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan admitted Monday the rebuilding project he took on was a more difficult task than he expected. "A lot longer than I first anticipated," Shanahan said. "We had less depth than I thought. We were a little bit older at a few different positions. I thought we might keep those players a little longer than we did." Since he took command of the Redskins in January 2010, Shanahan has overhauled the aging roster he inherited from Jim Zorn. Only 12 of the 53 current active players ever suited up for the Redskins before his arrival. And yet, Washington has clinched a fourth straight last-place finish, a first in the NFC East's 42-year history.
Grossman: Rolle's Trash Talk Fired Up Redskins
Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman said his team took offense to Antrel Rolle's comments that the Giants would beat their division rival "99" out of 100 times. Grossman told SiriusXM NFL that Washington's coaching staff brought up Rolle's comments during the team's meeting on Saturday. Washington upset New York 23-10 on Sunday, putting a damper on their rival's playoff hopes. "Definitely, how can you take that comment any other way," Grossman said when asked if the Redskins felt disrespected. "Ninety-nine out of 100 times they are going to beat us? And we beat them two in a row this year. I am not going to the casino with him anytime soon."
Andre Carter Fined For Hit On Grossman
Patriots defensive end Andre Carter has been fined $15,000 for his roughing-the-passer penalty against Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman in last Sunday's victory. Carter said he plans to appeal. Carter explained that he was targeting the legal area to hit quarterbacks, and he surged toward Grossman when Grossman moved at the last moment.
Sources: Two Redskins Facing Lockout Drug Ban
Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams and tight end Fred Davis are facing four-game suspensions following a lockout-related drug-test settlement between the league and the NFL Players Association, according to sources. Williams and Davis were two of 11 players that tested positive for recreational drugs shortly after the lockout ended this summer, according to the sources. As part of the settlement, the other nine positive tests by unidentified players will be nullified. Williams and Davis are considered repeat offenders, according to the sources, and would have faced one-year bans under normal circumstances.
Grossman: Redskins Have '3-5 Percent' Chance Of Making Playoffs
When asked about playing spoiler against the Jets this weekend, Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman said the team isn't out of the postseason race just yet. "You don't ever worry about playing spoiler or anything like that, and it's way too early in the season to start thinking about that," Grossman said. "You want to go out there and play well for yourself, for your teammates, for the coaches and the fans. You just want to get some positive momentum, because football is fun. "It's extremely fun to go out there and throw touchdown passes and succeed and win and do all that. And the last couple weeks, we've really been playing for each other and playing just to go have fun and enjoy it. And that's our biggest motivation right now. And you know, we've got about a 3, 4, 5 percent chance of getting on a run and something good happening at the end, so we're all just out here trying to enjoy ourselves, put on a show for the fans and win." ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted that of the 92 teams to have a 4-7 record from 1990 to 2010, three made the playoffs, for a non-horrible 3.3 percent success rate.