Mike Shanahan using 2012 season to evaluate 2013 Redskins
The Redskins have had highs and lows all season long, and currently sit at 3-6 on the year. They’re technically not eliminated from qualifying for the playoffs, but it’s a long shot and many know that.
Head Coach Mike Shanahan knows that best, and says that he’ll use the rest of this season to evaluate players that will be playing for him next year and move forward with them.
Following Sunday’s loss to the Carolina Panthers, Shanahan made some surprising comments and indicated he was giving up on the season.
“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. I’ll get a chance to evaluate players and see where we’re at,” Shanahan said, via the Washington Post. “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.”
He sweetens up a little bit, but we get the just of what he’s trying to say. Things aren’t improving this season and he knows it. He wants to start looking towards next season, but if he mails it in this early, who’s to say that Owner Dan Snyder will keep him around for “years to come”?
The Redskins finally have a franchise QB in Robert Griffin III and things definitely look better for the future, but there are still alot of moves to be made by the team, but some players want the time to be now, not the future.
“You have a lot of guys that want to win now, people toward the end of their careers who have been here a long time, haven’t been to the playoffs in a long time,” LB Lorenzo Alexander said. “And ultimately that’s what you play for, to go to a Super Bowl. Being 3-6 really sucks because right now we’re on the outside looking in . . . I’m not thinkin’ about next year. That’s an offseason thing for me. But you know it’s hard when you see yourself in that type of position and your head coach is saying those types of things. It’s disappointing.”
Two unnamed players also told the Washington Post they were upset by Shanahan’s comments. They added that it can take the life out of a team, and also that if he really believed it was time to evaluate for the years to come to not bring that up to the media and let the world know.
Maybe he didn’t mean it in that way, though? Shanahan was given the opportunity to clear up what he meant and he declined comment through a team spokesperson.
Here’s to you, 2013 Washington Redskins, Good luck.