Following a disappointing 21-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers, Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan hinted at a shift in focus for the remainder of the 2012 season in his postgame news conference Sunday.
"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. I'll get a chance to evaluate players and see where we're at," Shanahan said.
In the loss on Sunday to the Panthers, the Redskins settled for a field goal on their opening drive for their only lead of the game. The Panthers scored on the ensuing drive to take the lead with a 30-yard touchdown run by DeAngelo Williams. The 'Skins had to play catchup for the remainder of the game.
The Redskins, the NFL's most-penalized team, were called for 13 penalties and struggled to keep the game close. "We stopped ourselves a number of times," Coach Shanahan said.
"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."
The Redskins have some time to ponder what changes to make for the team, both on offense and defense. They have a bye in Week 10, only to resume the season with consecutive games against division rivals Eagles, Cowboys and Giants.
With their third loss in a row, the Redskins drop to 3-6 overall.