The Washington Times - January 2, 2012, 05:55PM

Here are the highlights of coach Mike Shanahan’s season-ending press conference, in no particular order:

OLB Brian Orakpo strained a pectoral muscle. His MRI results are pending. “Hopefully it’s not too serious.”

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No one is scheduled for surgeries as of Monday afternoon.

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The Redskins are targeting April 1 for WR Leonard Hankerson’s return to fitness. Rehabilitation of the torn labrum in his right hip includes rest and treatment, not surgery. Hankerson declined an interview request Monday but said he’s doing well.

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Shanahan will take his time making decisions about the coaching staff and personnel. “Sometimes emotions are so strong from a coach’s standpoint, from a player’s standpoint,” he said. “To me you give people a couple of days to kind of settle down a little bit, for us to relax a little bit, look at the film, be a little bit more objective on our evaluations of what went on throughout the season and get our gameplan for next year.”

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Players will return for the start of the offseason program in mid-April, per guidelines established by the new collective bargaining agreement, Shanahan said.

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Shanahan wants to re-sign ILB London Fletcher, who led the NFL with 166 tackles this season. “He is a priority for us,” Shanahan said. “I’d love to have him back, and hopefully he’ll be back and part of our organization for years to come.”

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Shanahan expects the Redskins to actively pursue new personnel this offseason.

“I think very similar to last year,” Shanahan said of the approach he anticipates. “I thought we were pretty active last year. We did some things to help ourselves with the salary cap to get into position for the future. I think we’ve made some strides defensively with the acquisition of a few free agents that have helped us as well as some draft choices. We’ll continue to do that as a team, both on offense and defense. I think we made some strides. Even though the record may not show it, we’re a much better football team than we were a year ago.”

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Shanahan praised special teams coach Danny Smith.

“If you take a look at his body of work – you just don’t do it this season, you take a look at his body of work over time – I think he’s done a great job with the special teams unit. We’re going to continue to get better. We were pretty inexperienced at that position, which was no excuse, but we’ll keep on working to upgrade us. And we’ve got to get better in that area. There’s no question about it.”

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Shanahan was sarcastic in ripping OL Sean Locklear, who tweeted his displeasure about Monday’s exit meeting.

Locklear tweeted: “Worst exit meeting ever! No coaches,no front office, just physical’s and goodbye to teammates! We spend 5 mos together, WOW”

Shanahan responded: “I talked to Sean after the game, and obviously he must not have liked my speech. He must have been disappointed in it, but I’ve only been doing it that way for a number of years. He must be used to a different way. So I apologize, Sean. It will never happen again – at least not with me.”

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RT Jammal  Brown has to get healthy in order to have a place on the team next season.

“Jammal is a guy that is very talented,” Shanahan said. “I think we know what he’s done. He has been hampered with injuries. I think next season, his future will be determined by how he heals up in the offseason. He’s going to be here all offseason. I’ve talked to him, had a good conversation with him. He knows he’s got to get in great shape because he knows he can play at a very high level if he’s feeling good. That hip was at no means close to 100 percent this year, so he’s going to be here throughout the offseason getting in the best shape he possibly can get in to give himself an opportunity to start next year. If not, he understands it’s a short career if he can’t stay healthy.”

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Shanahan will apprise owner Daniel Snyder of his evaluations and plans as they fall into place.

“You constantly keep him updated on what direction that you intend on going both in free agency and the draft,” Shanahan said. “He’s been very, very supportive. He wants to do it the right way. He understands it’s not going to happen overnight if you’re going to do it the right way. I appreciate his support.

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Shanahan would not confirm or deny the ESPN980 report that ILB Rocky McIntosh was inactive for Sunday’s season finale against Philadelphia because he missed curfew.

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LT Trent Williams’ and TE Fred Davis’ drug suspensions ended Monday. Shanahan was stern when addressing Williams’ outlook but heaped praise upon Davis.

Williams “has got to be smart enough to understand if you disappoint your football team like he did, you better come back with a passion to show people you’ve got the work ethic and the drive to do what we need him to do, especially being the fourth pick of the draft,” Shanahan said. “ We know what type of talent he has. We know he’s a very likeable guy. I was pleased with his work ethic coming into the second year, how he prepared himself, how he was playing. But he’s got to prove he can do it on a day-to-day basis and set the standard for the rest of our football team and our organization.”

“Fred made a mistake,” Shanahan said. “We sat down and talked about his mistake. I do feel very good about fred as a person. I like the way he worked. I like his attitude. I like his development over the last year and a half since I’ve been here. I think he’s had a complete change in the way he’s handled himself off the field to prepare himself be a consummate pro with working out. Hopefully the mistake won’t happen again that he made this year.”