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Mike Shanahan: We’re not in evaluation mode

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With the Redskins 3-6 in 2012, coach Mike Shanahan said that he would use the rest of the season to “evaluate players and see where we’re at.”

Some Redskins players objected to the implication that there was nothing left to play for and then went out and won the NFC East with a second half turnaround that raised the expectations heading into this season. Those expectations have not been met and the Redskins have officially been eliminated from playoff contention this time, but Shanahan’s not willing to shift back into evaluation mode.

“Players know when you’re playing for the future,” Shanahan said, via “Players know that [the coach’s] job is to play the best players that give you the best chance to win. If you want to see a team turn on you, just go start playing younger players and start playing for the future.”

There was a lot less talk about Shanahan’s job security last year, which may explain why evaluation has become a less interesting topic.

Shanahan did allow there were some young players who were close to warranting a boost in playing time, but stressed that he wouldn’t give it to them just for the sake of giving it to them. He didn’t note any of them specifically, but the team drafted three offensive linemen in 2012 who have yet to see much time on the field. Third-rounder Josh LeRibeus hasn’t played at all while fifth-rounder Adam Gettis and sixth-rounder Tom Compton have played sparingly. Given the rapid accumulation of sacks in recent weeks, that might be a place to start not evaluating for the future.

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37 Responses to “Mike Shanahan: We’re not in evaluation mode”
  1. crabcakesfootball says: Dec 2, 2013 6:14 PM

    He has lost the team, the city, and is doing this all for his son… which he is failing at.

    He is being outcoached.

    The sad thing is listening to local DC callers on the radio say “who else out there is better than Shanny if we fire him”… which basically means redskins fans think there will never be another good head coach ever who is not already a coach.

    Sell the team Dan.

  2. dcstinks says: Dec 2, 2013 6:15 PM

    Dan Snyder,
    Please keep this team intact, coaches and all!

    —Eagles fans and NFC fans everywhere!

  3. teecouch says: Dec 2, 2013 6:15 PM

    You may not be in “evaluation mode”, but I have a feeling Mr. Snyder is!

  4. crabcakesfootball says: Dec 2, 2013 6:16 PM

    Snyder – Bring in Stud college coach – FAILS

    Snyder – Bring in Gibbs – FAILS

    Snyder – Ill pick my own guy Zorn – FAILS

    Snyder- Handpick Mike Shanahan while Zorn is still coach – FAIL

    What else do you have up your sleeve that has not failed Danny boy.

  5. gpete1962 says: Dec 2, 2013 6:29 PM

    Keep dreaming Rat Face! Cause Your the only one being evaluated

  6. flamethrower101 says: Dec 2, 2013 6:40 PM

    What a hypocrite. Sure he jumped the gun last year with his comments but now using that as an excuse to dismiss the notion of “evaluating things” when it’s clear now there’s no chance of them even getting to .500 let alone the playoffs. Last year they had time. This year they don’t. Seriously, wake up Mike!

  7. tory707 says: Dec 2, 2013 6:50 PM

    Is it me or does he look like George Bush? Same outcome!!! Hahaha. HTTR!!!!

  8. nfl4days says: Dec 2, 2013 7:04 PM

    I’m all for firing shanahan, but who are you gonna replace him and Kyle with? Lovie Smith and Mike Tice?

  9. boyshole25 says: Dec 2, 2013 7:08 PM

    Get some salary cap money back and have a good draft and you’re fine this division is trash so it’s a difference of 18 mil that’ll really help win it

  10. boyshole25 says: Dec 2, 2013 7:09 PM

    Give shanny another year then all in for briles

  11. boyshole25 says: Dec 2, 2013 7:09 PM

    And get rid of haslett!!!!

  12. tikisays says: Dec 2, 2013 7:17 PM

    Maybe Little Danny could trade Shanahan for a few draft picks. Or like Buddy Ryan said”trade that man for a six pack@it doesn’t have cold”!!

  13. bamafan63 says: Dec 2, 2013 7:24 PM

    Hire bill polian,let him fire shanny and hire a coach cause he has forgotten more about being a gm is than shanny,allen and snyder combined!

  14. justintuckrule says: Dec 2, 2013 7:28 PM

    Yeah….we don’t have much left to play for but it’s gonna be sweet being the team that beats the Skins week 17 and sends them back into yet another 7 yr rebuild with an entirely new regime.

  15. toybkshr says: Dec 2, 2013 7:34 PM

    I’ll bet his bosses are in “evaluation mode”

  16. 49erfan44 says: Dec 2, 2013 7:36 PM


  17. steelersaregodsteam says: Dec 2, 2013 7:44 PM

    Why does he keep saying “we”?

  18. rajbais says: Dec 2, 2013 7:50 PM

    Nope, but your job status is.

    Bye bye Shanny!!!

  19. blackqbwhiterb says: Dec 2, 2013 7:59 PM

    Everyone said the same stuff about Ron Rivera 2 yrs ago… Just relax, changing coaches too much hasn’t ever helped. Stability people, stability

  20. r502 says: Dec 2, 2013 8:28 PM

    Once upon a time, Mike Shannahan got screwed over and used the chip on his shoulder to prove Al Davis wrong and forge a career as a Super Bowl winner in Denver. Well Mike, much like Al, time is catching up with you and the game and its players are tuning out a washed up voice from the past. No one fears or respects you like in years past. Much like Al, Mike Shannahan is done as a winner, and will have the same trouble accepting it. He looks and sounds like the bitter old man that he is becoming.

  21. ravenswhat says: Dec 2, 2013 8:59 PM

    Shanny is mailing it in at this point with 7 mill guaranteed next year no matter what. That much is obvious.

  22. kev86 says: Dec 2, 2013 9:04 PM

    Shanahan to Jets for Rex, a third round pick and some dancing bears.

  23. drs76109 says: Dec 2, 2013 9:39 PM

    Gibbs was not a total failure. Everyone else has been, though.

    Hey, Norv Turner might do better than Shanahan at this point (and he is a damn sight better OC than Shanahan the younger).

    The issue is the OC. Fire the OC. Force the elder to hire a competent OC. Look to what Jerry Jones has done is Dallas for an excellent example of forcing a HC to do something…(amazing since I’m an Eagles fan).

  24. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Dec 2, 2013 9:58 PM

    Bring back Richie Petitbon.

  25. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Dec 2, 2013 10:08 PM

    Whatever you do keep Cousins on the bench for just a little longer..

  26. donchacho says: Dec 2, 2013 10:26 PM

    I’m no shannahan fan but no coach could win with that roster, defence is atrocious, rg3 is a bust, line sucks, they have like 6 good players, that’s it and no draft picks. The term rebuild has never been more appropriate. Give rg3 half a season next year, no health excuses, and then see if cousins can lead the rebuild.

  27. rextraordinaire says: Dec 2, 2013 10:35 PM

    I hear Florida is a great place for retired millionaires to rest their rumps.

  28. commonsensedude says: Dec 2, 2013 10:50 PM

    Shanahan’s not in evaluation mode. He’s in update-my-resume mode.

  29. jamaltimore says: Dec 3, 2013 12:20 AM

    The lineman aren’t playing cause shanny drafted them. Look at the talent he’s amassed since being in charge. the lack of everything around sideshow bob is shanny’s doing. He doesn’t deserve another year but then again what coach can succeed under the biggest D@@@ owner in the NFL. At least Jerry officially has to shoulder the blame as the worst GM in the NFL.

    Theres still hope Skins fans because your so lucky that there’s another NFL team playing in MD and you can be there as they begin another run to the Superbowl. #REPEAT #STOPPAYINGSNYDER

  30. sportsguy3434 says: Dec 3, 2013 12:29 AM

    Danny is in evaluation mode…

  31. dontbugmeonsundays says: Dec 3, 2013 12:45 AM

    Shanahan is way in over on his head. This isn’t the 90’s anymore you gota learn how to adapt to not only the game but the players as well. He just doesn’t get it..

  32. razzlejag says: Dec 3, 2013 2:57 AM

    Both his Super Bowl wins were tainted as he illegally circumvented the salary cap; he hired his inept son as OC; he’s ruining the great Washington franchise- be objective when you look at what he’s done.

  33. silverhairedfox says: Dec 3, 2013 7:57 AM

    RGIII is not a washout, but his receivers should hang their heads in shame at their awful play. Get rid of them all and start over. RGIII is playing to protect his knee, which will inhibit his ability to make break away plays. But without a decent receiver corps, it’s all for nothing.
    Is there something wrong with the way RGIII is throwing the ball?

  34. 1bigtex says: Dec 3, 2013 1:12 PM

    They may not be in “evaluation” mode, but they sure are in “suck” mode.

  35. blu4l1fe says: Dec 3, 2013 2:42 PM

    It was clearly convenient that when he used the same terms last year, it somehow sparked some of his players and resulted in a good run to the playoffs for the franchise, making him look like a total motivator and genius. I believe he’s going away from referring to the same this year as he evidently knows how bad a team he has and any motivational speech would not have saved the season from all the bad coaching and illogical pre season decisions everyone has made.

  36. cas035 says: Dec 3, 2013 11:11 PM

    Finally, some Skins fans that see the real problem. These are great coaches following the same trends. They start off good and go down hill. Snyder has done everything he can to cover up the fact that HE’s the problem. Snyder has hired “Consultants” and “Managers” in different areas but NOTHING CHANGES!! When are people finally going to see that SNYDER is the problem? If Snyder truly loves the team, he’ll sell it. If he loves Washington in their fans, he’ll sell it. We’re tired of losing. Thousands of changes have been made in players, coaching and managerial staff but we still have same problems. The only thing left is Snyder.

  37. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 4, 2013 3:53 PM

    r502 says:

    Once upon a time, Mike Shannahan got screwed over and used the chip on his shoulder to prove Al Davis wrong and forge a career as a Super Bowl winner in Denver.

    Well, forge a salary cap cheating Super Bowl winner.

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