After controversy, Shanahan addresses Redskins

After controversy, Shanahan addresses Redskins
November 6, 2012, 12:30 pm
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Shanny goes off in defending comments

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan met with his team on Tuesday morning to clarify the comments he made after Sunday’s game, according to several players. 

“Like he said yesterday … he probably could have said it a lot better,” defensive lineman Kedric Golston said. “I think the message he was trying to [get across] was that it’s going to be hard to come to work now. Do we have the right guys?”

Following an optimism-crushing 21-13 loss to the Panthers, Shanahan raised eyebrows at FedEx Field when he said in the postgame news conference, “When you lose a game like that, now you’re playing to see who is going to be on your football team for years go come. Now, we have a chance to evaluate players and see where we’re at.”

Shanahan sought to clarify his remarks to reporters during Monday evening at Redskins Park, saying his words were misconstrued. The evaluation to which he referred, the coach said, will take place during the bye week, not over the remainder of the season.

“He was not very pleased with the way it was handled in the media,” tight end Chris Cooley said of Shanahan’s explanation to the players. “He was very clear to us about that. We get that. It’s happened to all of us.”

Offensive lineman Trent Williams said he didn’t need a clarification from Shanahan.

“We didn’t take it out of context,” Williams said. “I think [the media] made a bigger deal about it than what we thought it was. We’re all good here.”