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Monday, September 30, 2013
Redskins notes: Lots of work remains

By John Keim

ASHBURN, Va. -- One win hasn’t changed the message Mike Shanahan has for the Washington Redskins as they enter the bye week. They have work to do.

“Our team is pretty realistic,” Shanahan said. “They know what type of effort we have to have to get to the next level, what type of play we have to do consistently to win the division.”

At 1-3, the Redskins aren’t in a position to relax even in a division having a down year. The players were upbeat after beating the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, but they also don’t want to assume it’ll be the start of a turnaround.

That’s why Shanahan said they’ll talk with the players about ways they could have clinched Sunday’s win earlier. Or how they can put together a complete game on both sides of the ball.

“Once you get too carried away, to me that’s when a team goes one way or another,” Shanahan said. “Sometimes if you don’t do all the little things the right way you lose a game and all of a sudden the sky is falling. The sky’s not falling. You have got to go back and do the little things the right way.

“If you’ve got that mindset and your players believe in the work, then you have a chance to overcome anything. Even though we won, we know we didn’t play one of our better games, especially offensively. When that happens, then you have a football team that has a chance to get better.”

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