The Washington Times - December 29, 2013, 09:17PM

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Twenty-two players on the Washington Redskins’ active roster were drafted and developed by Mike Shanahan. Another nine on injured reserve have only had him as their coach. Two others were players he originally signed in Denver.

It’s not surprising, then, to hear so many players voice support for him in recent weeks – including Sunday, after the Redskins’ season ended with a 20-6 road loss to the New York Giants. For several of them, he’s the only NFL coach they’ve ever known.

“Everybody that I know, that I talk to on the team, feels the same way I do,” said inside linebacker Perry Riley, who was taken in the fourth round in Shanahan’s first draft in 2010. “We all love him. We all love to play for him. You know, him and every other coach in this locker room. … I’m sorry we couldn’t put it together for him.”

Shanahan’s fate is uncertain, with the only variable known at this time is that he’ll have a meeting with team owner Dan Snyder at 9 a.m. on Monday. It appears likely, after a 3-13 season and losses in their final eight games, that the Redskins will part ways with the coach, who has one more season remaining on a five-year, $35 million deal signed in January 2010.

Reed Doughty capped his eighth year with the Redskins on Sunday. The strong safety played his first two seasons under Joe Gibbs, his next two under Jim Zorn, and now four under Shanahan.

“I have no control over [Shanahan’s return], but I do know from a players’ perspective that what he asked of us, the way he ran things – I, from my own personal experience, think he was a class act, and I enjoyed playing for him,” Doughty said.

Cornerback DeAngelo Hall arrived in Washington in Nov. 2008 and played a season and a half under Zorn. When Shanahan was hired, Hall said Sunday, he did not get along well with his new coach.

“I’ve kind of grown to like him a lot,” Hall said. “Definitely respect him. He’s taught me a lot. He’s taught me a lot about this league, a lot about football. Never been a situation or a problem I’ve had that I couldn’t go in there talk to Mike about and get it nipped in the bud.

“Early on, I think it was kind of tough for us to communicate and get along just because the lines of communication weren’t open as well as we probably would have liked for them to be. He was kind of getting it third person, I was kind of getting it third person instead of just cutting the middle man out, which we ended up doing over the last couple of years. Like I said, man, I’ve definitely grown to respect him, love him as a coach, and would love to play for him again.”

One player whose desire to continue playing for Shanahan has been well-noted is outside linebacker Brian Orakpo. But, facing his own uncertainty as an impending free agent, Orakpo may not get a chance to do so.

“I love Mike, man, from the bottom of my heart, and I wish this thing was better circumstances than where we at now because he’s a hell of a coach and he doesn’t get a lot of credit,” Orakpo said. “He gets a lot of criticism it seems like recently and he doesn’t deserve that, man, and I wish we just could have been out there and gave better performances every Sunday. But, I’m really not concerned with what’s going on. We’ll see what happens.”