In the moments immediately following the Redskins 21-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers, Washington coach Mike Shanahan said that his team would now enter a period of player evaluation. Shanahan said that after the ugly loss, which dropped the Redskins record to 3-6 and made the possibility of a playoff appearance remote, the team must now see what players figure into long-term plans.
Shanahan's comments, which some took as the coach surrendering on the 2012 season, were not well recieved. Though the coach acknowldged that the Redskins remianed statistically relevant, some players reached after the game said they remain focused on 2012, and that what happens next year will be sorted out in the offseason. Offensive lineman Trent Williams said he's "not giving up."
One day after the game Shanahan addressed the media in his normal weekly press conference. Shanahan took issue with the way his comments were reported from the previous day, and tried to provide context for his logic.
Again, Shanahan defended his comments and questioned those that took issue with his eye towards "evaluation."