Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 11/20/14

You can call him a realist or you can call him a pessimist, but no matter how you look at Mike Shanahan’s comments, Redskins fans have to be left disappointed. The Redskins lost at home to the Panthers on Sunday 21-13 to drop to 3-6 on the season. Leading up to the game, coach Mike Shanahan labeled the contest as a “must-win” game. He all but threw in the towel on the 2012 NFL season with his postgame comments. “Now you’re playing to see who obviously is going to be on your football team for years to come. Now we get a chance to evaluate players and see where we’re at. Obviously, we’re not out of it statistically, but now we find out what type of character we’ve got and how guys keep on fighting through the rest of the season,” Shanahan said after the game, via The Washington Post. Now you’re playing to see who will be on team in years to come? Jeeze Mike. I’m not an expert, but aren’t you guys just 3-6 and not 0-9? Is a 6-1 finish that far out of the question? And even if you think it is, is that something you should be saying publicly? If the coach is saying they’re just going to be evaluating the rest of the season, you know, like the way they evaluate players during the preseason, then why should fans show up to the games? Maybe Shanny is admitting the truth about his team this year — and with Robert Griffin III at quarterback, the team’s future seems bright — but why say that to the fans and media? What good does that serve?

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