The Washington Redskins are not out of the playoff picture by any means, but you wouldn’t think so based on what their head coach said following the team’s game yesterday.Mike Shanahan had a harsh appraisal about where he believes his team stands after they lost 21-13 to the Carolina Panthers Sunday.
Here’s what he said (via The Washington Post):
“When you lose a game like that, now you’re playing to see who, obviously, is going to be on your football team for years to come. Now we get a chance to evaluate players and see where we’re at. Obviously we’re not out of it statistically. But now we find out what type of character we’ve got and how guys keep on fighting through the rest of the season.”
Shanahan’s assessment at the midway point of the season is a troubling one. The last thing any team wants to hear is their head coach giving up hope.
The Redskins’ future is a bright one, with rookies Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris leading the way, but not enough to throw away any source of motivation for your players this season.
Washington have dropped three straight games and are just 1-3 at home, yet, the head coach should keep those feelings to himself.
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