Mike Shanahan: 'Brandon Meriweather needs to tackle lower'

Shanahan: 'Meriweather needs to tackle lower'
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Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan warns safety Brandon Meriweather that he needs to tackle lower.

Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan has warned safety Brandon Meriweather that he needs to tackle players lower if he wants to remain an NFL player.

Meriweather was suspended for two matches, a punishment which was reduced to one on appeal, for a pair of helmet-to-helmet hits in last Sunday's match against the Chicago Bears.

The ban, coupled with a fine for a similar offence committed earlier this season, prompted Meriweather to exclaim that he would aim for the opposition's knees in future tackles, an outburst that Shanahan was unhappy with.

"I'm not sure I would have used those choice of words," Shanahan told reporters.

"Nobody's going to try to hurt anybody. But if you're going to err on the side of caution, you would rather go low than you would high.

"Brandon knows that he's got to go lower or he's not going to be playing in the National Football League."

Meriweather also claimed that Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall should be banned from the NFL for allegations of domestic abuse.

Safety Brandon Meriweather #31 of the Washington Redskins celebrates after wide receiver Santana Moss #89 of the Washington Redskins touchdown in the third quarter at FedEx Field on November 18, 2012
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