Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/10/14
Just three weeks ago, the Washington Redskins were sitting at an even 3-3 with playoff hopes still very much a possibility. Following three consecutive losses and a misplaced offensive identity heading into their bye week, head coach Mike Shanahan sounded ready to throw in the towel. The Redskins and their star rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III were outdueled once again on Sunday afternoon, this time by Cam Newton and the lowly Carolina Panthers. The loss was a difficult one to swallow, especially after Griffin dismissed comparisons to Newton earlier in the week, but Shanahan appeared to be most upset over the letdown. A downtrodden Shanahan, who is now in his third season leading the Redskins, took the podium at FedEx Field after the 21-13 loss on Sunday and sounding like a man defeated by much more than just one game. "You lose a game like that, now you're playing to see who obviously is going to be on your football team for years to come," Shanahan said after the loss, according to the Washington Post. "I'll get a chance to evaluate players and see where we're at." The evaluative tone is indicative of a coach already conceding the current campaign and prepared to direct his attention toward the future. Even though the Redskins underwhelming 3-6 record may justify such forward thinking, surrendering a season, even if only implying it, in the face of adversity is a show of cowardice and desperation. The Redskins record reflects their chances at playoff contention, which are understandably low. The more realistic vantage point may even be to shift gears with a more progressive approach. Team owner Dan Snyder, a loose cannon by all rights, may be doing some evaluating of his own, which may have also caused some panic on Shanahan's behalf. But, whatever the reason, you still can't say that. Shanahan is leading a team of young, impressionable players with a strong drive and desire to win. Right now, they're merely overmatched. But that doesn't have any impact on their effort. So, to call the outlook of this season into question after just nine games, intentionally or not, could be disastrous. Shanahan's comments could cause Griffin and other players to lose focus, lack motivation or even revolt in the face of such criticism. Even worse, the derogatory remarks could cause the players to essentially forfeit the rest of the season. There is clearly a lot of heat coming out Snyder's office, seeing as Shanahan's accumulated a ghastly 14-27 record in his 2 1/2 seasons in the capital. But while such desperation is understandable, it can't be tolerated. Shanahan at least had the aptitude to recant and correct his comments on Monday, explaining that thoughts of him giving up on the 2012 season were "ridiculous," according to ESPN. Still the players in that locker room need to be addressed with the same sentiments if there is any hope of Shanahan salvaging what's left of this season or, better yet, his job. Fortunately for the Redskins, and Shanahan especially, the bye week is upon them, and it couldn't have come at a better time. With plenty of problems cropping up and Griffin beginning to struggle, there will be plenty to evaluate. Something, I'm sure, Shanahan will look forward to. Have a question for Luke Hughes? Send it to him via Twitter at @LukeFHughes or send it here.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Aaron Rodgers wins NFL MVP

VCU G Briante Weber suffers major knee injury in loss

Short selling leaves hundreds of fans without S.B. tickets

Hamilton, Edmonds' spouses to appear on 'Real Housewives'

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix trolls LSU over Kevin Steele hire

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jerome Bettis elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

Report: Duncan suing financial adviser, lost $20 million

Bret Bielema wanted Dolphins to draft Russell Wilson early

Nick Diaz apologizes to fans for skipping open workout

NFLPA President compares Goodell to a 2-year-old

NFL explains how Super Bowl balls will be prepped

2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame class announced

Anderson Silva beats Nick Diaz in return to octagon

WATCH: 'SNL' mocks Super Bowl

Sabres had a horrific month of January

Ole Miss uses Katy Perry as prop in recruiting

PHOTO: Ezekiel Elliott gets new national title tattoo

WATCH: Rondo takes brutal knee to face from teammate

Pig auctioned off at halftime of college basketball game

Should the Super Bowl be played on a Saturday?

Underwear company shows support for Marshawn Lynch

WATCH: WVU player flips opponent the double-bird

Five NFL players who could be cap casualties in 2015

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

2015 Hall of Fame class announced

Aaron Rodgers wins NFL MVP

Tim Duncan suing financial adviser?

Five likely cap casualties of 2015

Making the case for NFL co-MVPs

WATCH: Tom Brady sings about balls

Missy Elliott to join Katy Perry at SB?

Obama zings Pats over Deflate-gate

Each major conference's POY candidates

Super Bowl XLIX preview and predictions: Patriots vs. Seahawks

The 13 things we want to see in Super Bowl XLIX

49 Stops to Super Bowl XLIX

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.