Before the Broncos were introduced, a 32-second video was shown of Shanahan’s accomplishments, and he received a standing ovation from the capacity crowd at Sports Authority Field.
Playoffs? Don’t pull the plug yet:
The Cowboys and Eagles also lost on Sunday, meaning the Redskins didn’t lose any ground in the NFC East race.
After last season’s comeback from a 3-6 record to a playoff spot, none of the players were willing to write this season off either.
“We’ve got nine games left, and the great thing about it is our division isn’t doing well, and we’re still in the thick of things,” linebacker Brian Orakpo said.
Cornerback Josh Wilson said the team knows it can’t count on a late run, but it’s also incentive not to give up.
“Until we get worse than 3-6, there’s always a chance,” he said.
Fox goes off the air for start of Sunday’s game:
The signal at Fox Richmond went down on Sunday afternoon, leaving local viewers without the start of the Redskins game, including the Shanahan tribute video.
The station was also down for the exciting finish of the Cowboys-Lions game, including Matt Stafford’s game-winning quarterback sneak while Dallas was expecting him to spike the ball.
Fox’s signal returned midway through the first quarter of the Washington game. Calls to the station went unreturned on Sunday.
Redskins win coin toss for the first time this season:
Robert Griffin III made a winning play before the game started, calling “heads” on the opening coin toss.
It marked the first time in seven tries this season the Redskins have won the coin toss.
Their 0-for-6 opening wasn’t the worst in league history, though. The Carolina Panthers opened the 2012 season 0-for-12 before finally winning the toss.
Davis inactive again as trade deadline nears:
Redskins tight end Fred Davis was inactive for Sunday’s game, and Washington is continuing to shop him to other teams as Tuesday’s trade deadline looms.
Shanahan said all week that Davis has been practicing well, but on game days Davis has been sitting in favor of rookie tight end Jordan Reed.
Davis is on a one-year contract that pays him $2.5 million.
Local tribes protest Redskins name:
In what is becoming a tradition at Redskins road games, a coalition of Colorado Indian tribes organized a pregame protest of the team’s name outside the stadium.
Several hundred fans, many of them Native Americans, were part of the rally.
The Redskins name was also protested in Green Bay and Dallas, though those protests were on a smaller scale.
The Oneida Indian Nation, which has bought radio ads urging owner Dan Snyder to rename the team, will meet with NFL officials this week to make their case.
“I just play my role, bro. I can’t ask for nothing. I can’t do nothing more than what I do. When the ball comes, it comes. When it doesn’t, there’s still football to be played.”
-Receiver Santana Moss, on the lack of passes thrown his direction in recent weeks