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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Redskins notes: Shanahan on Romo

By John Keim

ASHBURN, Va. -- The noise has surrounded Mike Shanahan for several weeks, with stories about his fate and endless questions asked of players. But Shanahan said he hasn’t addressed his status with the players.

“Same thing we’ve been talking about since day one — all of those things you address at the end of the season,” Shanahan said.

The players have maintained a public show of support for Shanahan, which is customary. It’s been more consistent, even privately, than for previous coaches about to get fired in Washington. But one player said perhaps the bigger loss would be offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.

Meanwhile, Mike Shanahan has maintained a sense of humor despite the tumultuous season. When asked if he was annoyed that Dallas did not follow NFL guidelines by excluding quarterback Tony Romo from the injury report last week despite his back issues, Shanahan quickly snapped: “The only thing that annoyed me was the play he made at the end of the game.”

Romo, of course, threw a 10-yard touchdown pass on fourth down to running back DeMarco Murray. Incidentally: the officials missed the spot on the final play. On Murray’s third-down run, he was tackled at the 12-yard line. But the ball was placed at the 10.