ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Barely a day can go by without some sort of Washington Redskins drama, whether it's centered on the actions of quarterback Robert Griffin III, coach Mike Shanahan's future, the ongoing debate over the team's name or some other distraction.
At least it's not 2009.
Players who have been around a while have a firm reference point when it comes to Redskins dysfunction. This year's 3-7 feels nothing like the 4-12 of four years ago, when coach Jim Zorn's days were so obviously numbered that the front office brought in Sherm Lewis out of Bingo-calling retirement to call the offensive plays.
"There's not about to be some type of unraveling around here," linebacker and defensive captain London Fletcher said.
Fletcher was more expansive than usual in his weekly meeting with reporters, sticking up for Griffin — who listened quietly from the adjacent locker — and reminding all that he's seen much worse.
"We don't have the type of locker room where we finger-point," Fletcher said. "I've been on teams where the minute that something goes wrong, guys start finger-pointing and the offense is blaming the defense, the defense is blaming the offense, and you're blaming this guy or that guy, this culture or that culture. We don't have that type of team."
That's not to say there haven't seen signs of discontent.
Receiver Joshua Morgan and tight end Fred Davis were far from thrilled when they went from starting to inactive, although their words reflected natural frustration and disappointment rather than defiant outburst.
Receiver Santana Moss sent ripples throughout the organization when he said this week that Griffin should take more ownership of mistakes, prompting a makeup meeting with the quarterback and proclamations that everyone was one the same page and the media was to blame.
"We're just laughing it off, to tell you the truth," receiver Pierre Garcon said. "The guys in the locker room are kind of taking it as a joke, what you guys are trying to make out of this locker room, trying to divide us up. But we expect it, we prepare for it, we have a great PR team that does a great job of telling us what not to say."
Coached up or not, players have also started making the case for Shanahan, who replaced Zorn after the 2009 season. With the record at 3-7, there is uncertainty as to whether Shanahan will be back for the final year of his contract.