Shanahan: Team Has Leaders, Character

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Despite all of the adversity that the Redskins have encountered in the last three weeks, head coach Mike Shanahan expressed his confidence in the leadership and character of his locker room.

“You’re always looking for guys to step up as leaders,” he said.  “Leaders come from playing at a very high level consistently and that’s how you become a leader. Some are a little bit more vocal than others, but you want as many leaders as possible as you can on your team.”

After the offense lost five starters in two weeks, there were concerns about a void of leadership on offense.

“If you take a look at the defense, I think we have more of a veteran club on defense than we do offense,” he said. “Any time you add a new center, a new left  guard, a new left tackle, you’re using two tight ends not as much, you’ve got a couple of [new] wide receivers in there, it’s not going to happen right away. It takes some time for those guys to work together. Some games will be better than others. All you’ve got to do is keep on working [and] try to get that chemistry to jell, and hopefully it will jell.”

Shanahan’s teams have had three-game losing streaks seven times in his career, including six with the dominant Broncos teams of the late-90’s and early 2000s.  In times like this, he falls back on that experience and observes his team more closely than ever.

“You find out what type of character you have by work ethic that the players have, how they come back,” he said.  “Hopefully, we’ll put a full game together.”

Watch his full video below:
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