Mike Shanahan has seen enough.
Following a "disappointing" 21-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers, the Washington Redskins' coach seemed to be surrendering the remainder of the season during his postgame remarks.
"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," Shanahan said, via Cindy Boren of 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."
According to Mike Wise of the Washington Post, two unnamed Redskins players were irked by Shanahan's comments. Lorenzo Alexander, however, didn't mind going on the record with his displeasure in the head coach.
"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," Alexander told Wise. "Bein’ 3-6 really [stinks] 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."
Not only did the loss to Carolina drop the Redskins to 3-6, they also fell to 5-15 at home and 14-27 overall under Shanahan. And it doesn't seem like it's going to get any easier after the bye week. The next four games for Washington come against the Eagles, Cowboys, Giants and Ravens respectively.
If the Redskins' skid continues, will owner Dan Snyder be evaluating Shanahan as well?
UPDATE: Mike Shanahan clarified his postgame comments in a phone interview with ESPN.com.
"To insinuate that I was giving up on the season is completely ridiculous. We've got five NFC East games still on the schedule. Anytime you have division games, you have a great chance," he said, via Dan Graziano. "What I meant by that is, anytime you have adversity, now you've got a chance to see all of these guys play every game the rest of the way like it's a playoff game."
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