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“No matter who we let go, you’re letting go a guy who can play in the NFL,” Kyle Shanahan said. “When that’s the case, it’s tough, but that’s what we’ve been trying to get to for a few years.”

Kyle Shanahan has noticed a difference already. For the first time since he came to Washington in 2010, he is enjoying his options in game-planning for the Saints and preparing to call plays.

“You don’t have to be as creative sometimes when you’ve got some guys who can make some plays,” he said. “You just want to get the ball in their hands, however that is. Just get the players the ball. When you’ve got a lot of guys like that, they feel they can make some plays, and it makes my job a lot easier.”