After any tough loss–or tough streak–it’s hard for a coach to find the right things to say to inspire. Egos get fragile under pressure, and the character and culture of a team can be lost in moments of frustration.
Following yesterday’s loss, head coach Mike Shanahan lamented the results, but praised the effort of his men, who did not give in to expectations or quit before the clock hit zero.
“I was pleased with our guys and how hard they fought,” he recounted to radio broadcasters Larry Michael and Sonny Jurgensen on the post game show. ”They were going after it for 60 minutes and there was nobody turning anything down. That’s the sign of a lot of character, but obviously, you want the wins.”
The team doesn’t need to be reminded of the losing streak, and it’s certainly not from carelessness. Running back Roy Helu was told about his Redskins reception record after the game by analyst Sonny Jurgensen. He respectfully declined to celebrate in light of the loss, saying,