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Daily Slop: RG3 Thinks Redskins can Still Make the Playoffs; Shanahan more optimistic about Meriweather than Garcon



Redskins cut Justin Snow, will activate Nick Sundberg from IR
"Looking forward, we’ve got seven games left, and I’m just excited to get back with the team and get back in the swing of things," Sundberg said. "I’m excited to get back with [holder/punter] Sav [Rocca], and to begin working with [kicker] Kai Forbath. I’ve known him for years, but we’ve never worked together."

Redskins notebook: Garcon update |
Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said hearing coach Mike Shanahan say no changes would be made to the staff during the bye week does not change his approach. "I do what I do," Haslett said. "I come to work, I work hard, I do the best I can with what we got, try to put these guys in position to win games and be successful on defense. That’s all I really can do."

Trent Williams: Too much made of Shanahan’s comments | ProFootballTalk
Linebacker London Fletcher echoed Williams’ sentiment. He said that he’s seen the culture around the team change for the better since Shanahan has been in charge and that there’s no divide within the team as a result of anything Shanahan said. "He clarified what he meant, what he was saying, how it wasn’t portrayed the way it needed to be," Fletcher said, via Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan. "He let us know exactly how he feels about this season and the guys that are in this locker room. There’s no divide."

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Washington Redskins 2013 Salary Cap Projection | Fanspeak Washington Redskins Blog
At the bye week I thought it would be a good time to look at the Washington Redskins 2013 Salary Cap projection. There are some new realities for the Washington Redskins as some players who it looked like the Redskins would need to spend on (Fred Davis), maybe now won't be worth big money.

Jammal Brown cleared to practice; David Jones cut; D.J. Johnson promoted
Redskins right tackle Jammal Brown, who has spent the entire season on their physically unable to perform list, has been cleared to practice, the team announced. Brown, Washington’s starter at right tackle each of the two previous seasons, had been hampered by hip injuries and in August had arthroscopic surgery on his right hip.

Kyle Shanahan still confident in offense, Jim Haslett seeing improvement
"Our results haven’t been as good the last two weeks. We definitely haven’t done good enough when we haven’t scored enough points to win," said Shanahan, whose unit has averaged 296 yards a game in their last two outings and still ranks second in the NFL in yards gained. "When we haven’t scored in the 20s the last two games, you’re obviously disappointed, but I haven’t felt in any of the two games that we couldn’t do anything. I felt confident moving the ball, I felt confident in the guys. We just haven’t gotten in the end zone. I’ve been in spots before where you can’t move the ball and can’t get anything going. I don’t feel that way at all now, so I’m still confident in our guys. But it’s about results, and we’ve just got to score more points."

Mike Shanahan more optimistic about Brandon Meriweather than Pierre Garcon
Asked how optimistic he was about Garcon’s return, Shanahan said on Monday, "I really don’t know. I can’t tell you. I feel a little bit better about Brandon than I do Pierre right now. For some reason, it’s one of those freak injuries. You can’t understand why, doctors can’t explain it, but it hurts – enough that he can’t push off and get to where he was before. It’s discouraging and disheartening, but he’s dealing with it, and I know one thing: when he can play, he’ll play."

Redskins shouldn’t rush to judgment on Shanahan era
Football is a complex game. When a baseball team switches managers, there are strategic differences, but the players play mostly the same way. When a football team switches coaches, there are players who fit one scheme who become quite a bit less useful in another. Particularly where the Redskins’ defense is concerned, where it’s taken a few years to switch from 4-3 personnel to the 3-4, is that really a process the Redskins want to begin again from scratch? Do the Redskins want to head down the same road with Robert Griffin III that they did with Jason Campbell, who could never seem to remain in the same offensive system for more than a year or two? Wasn’t there an oft-recited stat about LaVar Arrington playing for nearly as many defensive coordinators as he played seasons?

Redskins' Pierre Garcon now considering season-ending foot surgery - Washington Times
Although Pierre Garcon will try to test his sprained right foot after the bye week, the Washington Redskins wide receiver voiced little optimism Tuesday about the injury improving anytime soon. Garcon, who is dealing with a plantar plate tear in his right foot, conceded that season-ending surgery could be an option. "We’re trying to avoid that at all possible costs," he said. "But at some time, you’ve got to be realistic and you’ve just got to have it and hopefully it’s a successful surgery and recover from it."

RGIII: ‘I think we can still make the playoffs’
"I think going into [the bye] with a loss is not a good thing, by any means, but we’ll know who the true players for this team are when we come back," Griffin said. "Because guys know they have to have a different mindset. We’ve only got one game at a time, literally, because it’s must-win territory right now.