LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Andy Reid referenced Nelson Mandela, Sporting Kansas City and mangled a metaphor about the Chiefs' recent losing streak.
Mike Shanahan looked like a beaten man, one who might be counting down his final days with the Washington Redskins.
That was no thin line separating winning and losing when the Chiefs beat the Redskins 45-10 Sunday. It was a chasm.
The Chiefs (10-3) broke their three-game skid by doing what they did so well during their 9-0 start — beat up on a bad team. They scored on their first four possessions, sacked Robert Griffin III five times and Kirk Cousins once, and returned both a punt and a kickoff for a touchdown in Sunday's 45-10 rout.
All of which prompted Reid to go off-topic, even in his usual monotone.
"Sporting KC, I'm telling you it's hard to be a champion right? And they did it. I'm proud of those guys," said Reid, referring to the team back home that won the MLS Cup on Saturday. "I didn't mention Nelson Mandela's death the other day, but what a tribute to mankind he is."
OK, but what about getting back on track after two losses to the Denver Broncos sandwiched around a defeat to the San Diego Chargers?
"It's tough to lose three games in the National Football League, three consecutive games. It seems like a year, those are dog years as you would say — each week that you have a loss in the NFL," Reid said. "For the guys to come back and rebound after that, I was proud of that."
Across the way, the Redskins were their usual drama machine. They lost their fifth straight, and the stadium was virtually empty in the second half. It's already far from certain as to whether Shanahan will return for a fifth season, and now there's a report that he was close to quitting last year because of his relationships with owner Dan Snyder and Griffin.
"It's not the right time or place to talk about my relationship with Dan Snyder, or it's not the right time and place to talk about something that happened a year ago," Shanahan said. "I'll get a chance to talk to Dan at the end of the season, and I'll give some viewpoints from me, and I'm sure he'll give me his thoughts and what direction we'll go."
Shanahan did concede that Sunday's loss — the Redskins' fifth by double digits this season — was his fault.