*On Thrusday, Sept. 19, 2013, Redskins HC Mike Shanahan addressed the media following afternoon practice at Redskins Park in Ashburn, VA. *
On the status of safety Brandon Meriweather:
"He did drill work just like yesterday. He wasn't able to practice. We'll see how he is tomorrow. If he's okay, he'll be able to practice."
On if nose tackle Barry Cofield can now practice without a club cast on his hand:
"Yeah, he was able to move his fingers. You can see it's helped him."
On if Cofield can play in a game without the club:
"I believe so."
On how he balances the desire to have an intense practice with having players rested for Sunday's game:
"You're allowed to have pads on once a week, and this is kind of our day when we do run the football. It's kind of full-go without taking people to the ground. We had a good chance to get 20 reps of that, and then we had padded practice for the rest of the practice. It went well. You form tackle. You don't take people to the ground, but hopefully you improve."
On why tight end Jordan Reed played more than tight end Fred Davis at Green Bay:
"In different positions, you have a little bit more depth, and I think that's one of our strongest positions right now is the tight end position. We've got a lot of guys that can play and a lot determines on how well you practice during the week and how well you play on game day. When guys practice better or guys step up on game day, they get a few more reps. That's what happened with Fred."
"He's done a great job. He's got a unique ability to be able to beat people one-on-one. If a linebacker covers him or if a safety covers him, he's got the foot quickness and the ability to move where he's going to get open the majority of the time, which is very hard for tight ends to do. He can move like a wide receiver, so that's one of the reasons why he played a lot last week in the two-minute situation, where he got a chance to matchup on some people."
On the status of kicker Kai Forbath:
"He's getting a lot of treatment. He says it's feeling better, but until he actually kicks, we won't know for sure. Probably Friday or Saturday will be the first time we try to kick him and see how he does."
On if he has spoken with players about the percentage of 0-3 teams that have made the playoffs:
"We didn't go over the stats when we were 3-6 a year ago, so we won't go over any stats relative to 0-2 or whatever it may be, if it's 1-2, whatever. What you've got to do is concentrate on the next game. Your next game is the only game, and that's what we're doing right now. To win those types of games, you've got to have great practices during the week, you've got to have a sense of urgency, and I think we've had that for the last couple of days."
On Davis saying he had less playing time because of missed assignments:
"If he told you he missed assignments, then obviously he missed some assignments. I wouldn't share that with you, but if he did, it surely doesn't help."
On if he and Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan factor in quarterback Robert Griffin III's recovery in their play calling decisions:
"I think when you take a look at the game, it was a different-type game. When you're behind as many points as we were in both games, you get to a two-minute attack. The two-minute attack is different from what we ran last season. If we did get behind again in those types of situations, you want to get back in the game, so you can't run your normal offensive scheme. We didn't do that last year. When we did, we did a fairly good job of moving the ball in the two-minute situation, even though we weren't confronted with it very many times. When you fall behind as many touchdowns as we did, I was fairly pleased with a number of things we did correctly. What we've got to do is correct that first half. We talked about the Philly game, a lot of turnovers in our last game, third downs. Hopefully, this next week we can say, 'Hey, we did some good things in the first half,' then you could see how our offense should operate."
On players on the Detroit Lions defense that concern him other than defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh:
"Anytime you've got that type of pass rush with as many first-rounders as there is in that defensive front, you know they can put some pressure on you. But as we understand with a defense, it's the coordination of a defense, and they've been doing a very good job. I think they're ranked 15th. They do an excellent job ranked number one in third-down conversions, an area we have struggled in, so we've got to bring our 'A' game."
On defensive end Kedric Golston:
"He was sore. Ribs are sore. Abdomen a little bit sore. He did practice, but he was limited."
On when Golston suffered his injury:
"I just asked him today. I thought he did it yesterday because he was a little bit sore, and he said he got it during the game and it is a little bit more sore than he thought it would be at this time. So he was limited today. He was out there, did practice."
On his reaction to the media's constant debate on how Griffin III should play:
"I understand the debate. Any time you are on a running offense in college, people are always going to question how long is it going to take before you make this progression – your first year, your second year, your third year? People that just come from a dropback system, can they run quarterback keeps and do the play-action type game? No matter what, there is always question marks, the unknown, first year to second year to third year. I do know, regardless of who you are at quarterback, it does take repetition and it takes time. Nothing is automatic for anybody. I think any time you do have Robert's ability, like we've seen last year, where you are able to run the play-action pass, zone-read, quarterback keeps, drop-back game, he has a great skillset and that skillset will improve practice-by-practice, game-by-game. It's not going to happen overnight. Nothing is going to be perfect. Last year for a rookie it doesn't get much better than that. Hopefully the games are fairly close where we can run our style of offense that everybody has gotten used to over the last year."