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Game Vs. Redskins: Head Coach Mike Shanahan

Posted Dec 23, 2012

On the comeback during the third quarter: "It felt good. We were able to get a couple of drives together, get a couple of touchdown. (I am) a little disappointed we couldn’t put it away. We had that turnover and we were not able to get that 4th and 1, now maybe that 3rd down, obviously was a big plus for Philly because I thought they did a great job of coming back and fighting, and hanging in there trying to find a way to win."

On being one win away from the postseason: "They know what it means. We have been working for this opportunity to win the division. Anytime you win the division everybody knows you have a home-field game in the playoffs. We talked about that from day one, and they knew what we had to do to get there. I told them we have not accomplished anything yet, we have got to win the division and we have got to get it done next week."

On finding ways to win: "It takes a lot of character of your football team to fight through what we have done. You know we have done some good things in the first half of the season, but we could not put teams away, and I thought from an offensive perspective, we had the running game going, but did not take it to the next level with our receivers, and I thought that has been the biggest difference on our offense, how our receivers have performed over the last six games. And as we have talked about we’ve got to get sacks, and we have to get turnovers and we have been able to do that on defense, and guys fighting for a full 60-minutes, and find a way to get it done, and that is what I told them today. I was really proud of the way they finished. You’ve got to find a way to win that game, those tight games. They are not easy, unless everybody is on the same page."

On the play of Griffin III: "I thought he did an excellent job. Coming back and not having the reps last week and being able to do what he did today, that was very impressive."

On the running limitations of Griffin III: "We did not do everything that we would normally do. I did not want to put that pressure on that LCL."

On the last play of the game: "I thought it was intentional grounding."

On the Redskins’ defense: "You have to get turnovers to win in this league, and they came up big when they had to. We had a few sacks, a few turnovers, and that’s always the difference in winning and losing a game. Like they probably had twenty, to twenty-five more plays than we did and that’s a little bit unusual with our rushing game, so they did a good job of controlling the tempo of the game, but we took advantage of the turnovers, which negated how many plays they had."

On the play of LB Ryan Kerrigan: "He was playing hard. He had a couple (sacks) in there that I thought he probably missed a couple that were close, and we had some 3-man rushes at the end, and he kept on fighting, still putting pressure on the quarterback and that is what you have to have. We have talked about it in the past, to win those tight games with our heart, and you have to get used to winning those tight games, and you expect to win. I think that is where our football team is right now. They expect to win, and that is where you feel good about the character of your guys."

On the schedule of the final regular game of the season: "I really do not care. Whatever happens, happens. I don’t think they are going to call me and ask me my opinion on what I would like to do, so I just roll with the punches."

On the play of T Barry Cofield: "Well not only did he have some pressure, but a couple of times on those screens he was running to the sidelines catching a few running backs. McCoy had a heck of a game. Talk about making people miss, I don’t know how he does it, to be honest with you? It looked like three, or four times, like we had him in the backfield and he had a way to make people miss. His elusiveness is off the charts. Anytime you deal with a guy like that, you just never know when you’ve got him, and I was just pleased that our defense kept on fighting and got it done at the end."

On the accomplishments of K Kai Forbath: "It shows you what type of guy he is. He came in with competition from a couple of veterans and he won the competition. It’s always kind of nice to take a chance on a guy that hasn’t had an opportunity in the National Football League, when he was with Dallas (Cowboys) or when he was with Tampa (Bay Buccaneers) he took advantage of every opportunity he had during preseason. He was hurt one time in Dallas, and he took advantage in Tampa in the preseason, and he really won the position. To see a guy that handles himself the right way, have that type of success, you are always rooting for a guy like that. He is a class guy, it looks like he has ice in his veins, and he believes that he is going to make every kick and he has."

On celebrating today’s victory: "I always want to celebrate a win for 24 hours because it is the nature of the game. A lot of guys have family, everybody has a different schedule for Christmas, it falls a little bit differently this year than it does most days, so Monday and Tuesday they will get a chance to get away from the facility and I told them to enjoy Christmas, and come back ready to go. Everything we’ve been working for boils down to next Sunday."

On T Tyler Polumbus being out with an illness: "When he woke up this morning, he wasn’t feeling right, and we kept him out.”

On how this compares with previous successes of the past: "I think where your runs really mean something is once you get to the playoffs, and you take advantage of all the hard work. It feels good to be where we are at, because our backs were to the wall when we were 3-6, and we knew as a football team we couldn’t make many mistakes, and you have to step up in every facet because you are going to have some games when you are out and you are down when you have to play for a full 60 minutes. That is where the character comes in, you have to have talent, we’ve got a lot of young guys that believe in one another with the old vets, and a combination of those types of dynamics sometimes works out."

On what he has learned about Griffin III: "Well you learn a lot about your quarterback through the whole season, not just during the run. I think you learn more from people through tough times, then you do good times. I had a chance over the last couple of years, I’ve had some tough times and you have to kind of learn the character of your guys. What you don’t know of is how these guys react, guys you haven’t been with the second half of the season; we are going to get a chance to see some of our free agents, some of our rookies really step up and play at a different level. Robert, obviously being the quarterback, he leads them. I think one of the biggest honors that Robert has had is being elected captain at mid point in the season. It doesn’t happen very often, so it kind of gives you an idea of what people think of him and how he handles himself on a day-to-day basis, because that’s not easy to have happen."

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