Two weeks into the season, the Redskins certainly look like a team that’s bought into Mike Shanahan‘s world vision.
This was put on display in the waning minutes of Sunday’s win over the Cardinals. Trailing by eight with 5:17 left, Shanahan rolled the dice on a fourth-and-3 situation from the Arizona 18. It worked — with Rex Grossman hitting Santana Moss on an 18-yard score. The two-point conversion failed, but Graham Gano booted the game-winner minutes later.
For Shanahan, there was no debate about going for it.
“That was basic football. There wasn’t even a question about that,” he told The Associated Press. “I’ve always leaned to the other side, not very conservative. I usually take chances.”
His players are warming to the good vibes in D.C.
“I love this offense, man,” said Moss, who could have left via free agency. “That’s one of the reasons I didn’t want to go anywhere. It took me this long to be a part of something like this. … I just love what (offensive coordinator) Kyle (Shanahan) does when it comes to his play-calling, and how he prepares us.”
Shanahan’s stuck to his guns and it’s worked. Following a disastrous first run in D.C. in 2010, he was again the butt of jokes this summer — choosing to encore the Donovan McNabb fiasco by naming Grossman his starter. It was a tough sell, but Grossman’s been productive with 596 yards and four touchdowns through two games — both of them wins in a season few considered Washington a threat.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
– Marc Sessler