While the bye provided a welcome break for players, Mike Shanahan spent much of the week hunkered down at Redskins Park studying all aspects of his struggling program.
Although he wouldn’t go into detail, or divulge what changes might come as a result of his exhaustive review of the season’s first nine games, the head coach described the sessions as “productive.”
“You look at personnel,” Shanahan said. “You go back and you evaluate the players and you look at your scheme.”
He added: “You take a look at the things you’ve done poorly and you try to correct it. Obviously, I’m not going to go through all the details of the things that we’re going to work on. But it [was] a good, productive week.”
Shanahan said the majority of what he studied during the bye week centered on personnel, particularly reserves who have been pressed into the starting lineup because of injuries and whether adjustments are necessary to accommodate those changes.
“What you do is you really go back and study players,” Shanahan said. “You go back and study the new guys that came in maybe the second, third game of the season. You evaluate their play. A lot of times when you’re looking at schemes, you don’t really get a chance to study these players as much as you’d like to, like you do in the offseason.”
How much Shanahan and Co. actually accomplished, though, could become evident Sunday, when the Redskins (3-6) host the Michael Vick-less Eagles (3-6) in an NFC East contest that amounts to an elimination game for both clubs. The Redskins are 0-4 since 2007 in the week following the bye, according to this post by Rich Tandler on Real Redskins.
“Now, there’s no room for error,” Shanahan acknowledged when asked about his message to the players. “You have to play your best from Philly on.”