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Posted at 4:10 PM ET, 12/15/2010

Mike Shanahan admires Hunter Smith's honesty

By Jason Reid

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said he admired veteran punter Hunter Smith for accepting responsibility after the team's costly botched point-after attempt against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"I told Hunter, I said, 'Hey, I admired the way he stepped it up and blamed it on himself,' " Shanahan said after practice Wednesday at Redskins Park. "It was the combination of the snap and the hold. But Hunter's the type of guy that took full responsibility for it."

The bottom line, however, was that Smith has not punted well recently, Shanahan said. The Redskins released Smith Tuesday and signed punter Sam Paulescu to punt and hold in the final three games.

"The last 20 punts, I think he's had two that we consider the hang time that we want, so that's why we made the change," Shanahan said. "It had nothing to do with the hold."

By Jason Reid  | December 15, 2010; 4:10 PM ET
Categories:  Hunter Smith  
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Hunter Smith is a stud like that.

Posted by: WishboneJr | December 15, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Character and humility - how refreshing. Really glad AH is gone

Posted by: pharrrrtt | December 15, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Other Players who have admirable 'character' are, kemo, carriker, Moore, r Williams, Austin, bidwell, gano, sunberg, hicks, heyer, brown, lichey, rabach, torain, k Williams, young, Bryant.

The rest of the guys can actually play

Posted by: pabrian2003 | December 15, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

He just WANTS you to think it was the hang time!


It was the botched hold all along, suckers!!


Ol' Shanny! Up to his CRAZY old tricks again!

Posted by: Thinker_ | December 15, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

So you are saying that you would have fired Hunter if we made the kick and won the game?

I believe that one!!!

Posted by: mornindew | December 15, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Shanny admires his honesty before firing him? Nice.

That and two bucks will get you a cup of coffee.

Posted by: edvar | December 15, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

It looks like Snyder has been giving marketing lessons to Shanahan.

Posted by: jpcdad | December 15, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

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