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Shanahan defends penalties

ASHBURN, Va. -- One retaliated against an offensive lineman. Another yelled the wrong thing at an official. And a third kicked a ball after a botched play.

All cost the Washington Redskins yards -- and all occurred within a nine-minute stretch starting midway through the third quarter and lasting into the fourth. But coach Mike Shanahan defended all three of them, focusing more on their competitiveness than anything.

It started with receiver Santana Moss yelling at an official after a holding penalty, telling him that it was a "B.S.” call. Fifteen yards. On Washington's next series, receiver Pierre Garcon kicked the ball after a failed third down pass, drawing a five-yard delay of game penalty. Then, on the first play of the fourth quarter, corner DeAngelo Hall was hit with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, though it cost them less than a yard because it was first and goal from the 1-yard line.

Here's Shanahan's take on the three penalties:

On Hall: "I was pretty upset with D-Hall during the game because he's a competitor and he's done a great job recently of trying to stay away from it. Then after I took a look at what the offensive lineman did to him, I could understand why he retaliated even though you never want a guy to retaliate.”

On Moss: "Santana Moss is another great competitor and he's a guy that always keeps his cool. And when they called that holding penalty on him on that sideline, I could see why he was upset because I agree with Santana it should not have been called a holding penalty, but it was. And Santana, he knows that you've really got to keep your cool in those situations or else you'll draw a flag.”

On Garcon: "Pierre kicking that ball, even though it didn't cost us -- No. 1, it was one of the best kicks I've ever seen, I've never seen a ball go that far. But on the serious side he's one of the most fierce competitors I've been around. If I get everybody playing like him, you won't need coaches.”