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Marko Mitchell: "Everything is business"


The Redskins released Marko Mitchell on Monday, but it sounded like the second-year wide receiver already knew the drill last week.

"You've really got to learn a lot real fast about how this business go," Mitchell told Washington Post Live's Ivan Carter. "You can't take it personally. You've got to understand that everything is business."

Mitchell told Carter that he needed to work on going in and out of his breaks, and that he was being asked to do a lot of things "that I didn't do in my previous years playing football. So now I've got to work on it more basically every day so that I can...be able to run the way that they want me to run."

Mitchell was also one of the players trotted out in front of fans at the FedEx Field draft day party two weeks ago, and I asked him there what he needed to accomplish at the next mini camp.

"Just continue to get in the flow, at that level with the offense," he said. "Get everybody to be together as if we've been playing the last three or four years."

(Mitchell might have been 52nd or so on the list of most quotable Redskins a year ago. Nice kid, but no one's tape recorder will miss him.)

Mitchell told Ivan that he was "no longer a rookie, no longer a baby in this game," and that he'd have to elevate his play in year two. He said being able to work with Mike Shanahan was "a great opportunity for each and every last one of us." And he said that he wasn't concerned about all the new receivers being brought in.

"It's all about competition at this level," he said. "Me personally, I just look at it like ok, if I go out here and perform to my highest abilities, [whatever] I can do to help this team get to that next level that we're trying to achieve, then everything will play out for itself."

Of the 11 Redskins who either carried or caught the ball in the team's 2009 season finale, only four remain with the team.

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 3, 2010; 12:32 PM ET
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ANOTHER BAD MOVE BY REDSKINS MANAGEMENT!!!! OKAY, SHANAHAN LIED TO J CAMPBELL ABOUT WORKING WITH HIM- THEN HE GOES AND SIGN A WOUNDED DONOVAN MCNABB!! NOW HE GOES AND GET 38- YEAR OLD JOEY GALLOWAY AND RELEASES MARKO MITCHELL-- THIS IS THE INSANE CHOICES THAT MAKE US FALL BACK INTO THE SEASON OF ANOTHER LOSING RECORDS AGAIN!!!

I HAD BIG EXPECTATIONS, HOWEVER; THIS MANAGEMENT TEAM SEEMS TO THINK THAT WE ARE THE 1998 BRONCOS. OKAY WHO'S NEXT---WE GONNA SIGN ELWAY AS THIRD STRING BACK UP!

Posted by: ChristopherHawthorne | May 3, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, it's just bidness.

Unfortunately, when your bidness is running routes...

And getting open...

And catching balls...

And blocking for the other receivers...

And you can't seem to handle your end of dat bidness...

Den yo gonna be outta bidness.

Posted by: Vic1 | May 3, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Come on Redskins fans, have faith in in Shannanon!! He knows what he is doing.

Posted by: Bigmon411 | May 3, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

We cut Mako Mitchell and sign Bobby Wade who as a receiver and punt returner for the Chicago bears in 2005 had 10 fumbles in on season and dropped 4 passes in one game for the KC Chiefs last season and was benched by coach Todd Haley. What are they thinking.

Posted by: stephenwilson2003@yahoo.com | May 3, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

We cut Mako Mitchell and sign Bobby Wade who as a receiver and punt returner for the Chicago bears in 2005 had 10 fumbles in one season and dropped 4 passes in one game for the KC Chiefs last season and was benched by coach Todd Haley. What are they thinking.

Posted by: stephenwilson2003@yahoo.com | May 3, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Whatever Vic 1, when they are 0-4 to start the season then you can post about that,nothing has changed with this group just a different set of bullshi##ers,sign a 38 yr.old washed up wideout instead of coaching up a promising youngster,sign a 30 yr. old running back who was asked to get the fu@k out of a losing situation in KC because of his attitude and penchant for trouble,draft another Oklahoma player with questionable work ethic,can't get rid of your fat azz, wheezing, "get me another piece of fried chicken" overpaid 100 million dollar so called defensive tackle and don't let me leave out our HOF coach in waiting(Joe Gibbs light) yeah can't wait for this season to start, LMAO!

Posted by: dargregmag | May 3, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

All through last year's training camp the corners admitted Marko was THE most difficult receiver to cover. And we, the fans, during last preseason witnessed Marko's ability to cut and create separation. Now we're hearing he can't get in and out of breaks with as much burst as Bobby Wade.

Management is counting on a large free agent class next year along with a high cap. Apparently, they don't need to keep and develop this talented receiver. Hopefully Devin and Malcolm will have break out seasons this year, and allow us to forget the way Marko out-shined them when allowed on the field.

Good luck, Marko. Something tells me we might regret this decision.

Posted by: belly_kilmer | May 3, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

ANOTHER BAD MOVE BY REDSKINS MANAGEMENT!!!! OKAY, SHANAHAN LIED TO J CAMPBELL ABOUT WORKING WITH HIM- THEN HE GOES AND SIGN A WOUNDED DONOVAN MCNABB!! NOW HE GOES AND GET 38- YEAR OLD JOEY GALLOWAY AND RELEASES MARKO MITCHELL-- THIS IS THE INSANE CHOICES THAT MAKE US FALL BACK INTO THE SEASON OF ANOTHER LOSING RECORDS AGAIN!!!

I HAD BIG EXPECTATIONS, HOWEVER; THIS MANAGEMENT TEAM SEEMS TO THINK THAT WE ARE THE 1998 BRONCOS. OKAY WHO'S NEXT---WE GONNA SIGN ELWAY AS THIRD STRING BACK UP!

Posted by: ChristopherHawthorne | May 3, 2010 1:29 PM
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Totally agree..they will def regret this...except the first bad move was NOT cutting Portis loose forthwith!!

Posted by: iubiquity | May 3, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

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