Mike Shanahan defends tenure

Updated: November 27, 2013, 10:57 AM ET
By John Keim | ESPN.com

ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan again defended his four-year tenure Tuesday.

Shanahan acknowledged that, when a team is 3-8, there's a reality to the situation. He also made it clear once more that his staff needs a full offseason of work with quarterback Robert Griffin III.

The Redskins fell five games under .500 with Monday night's 27-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. It's almost the same mark Washington had in 2011 (4-7 and then falling to 4-8), but two years ...

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