You know what the real kick in the gut was Sunday? Not a one-win Carolina team handling the Redskins on their home field. Not fans high-stepping out in the fourth quarter as if they had been told to evacuate. Not almost 200 of the teamís most distinguished alumni ó Super Bowl winners and Hall of Famers alike ó witnessing their successors disgrace their memory.
No, the real blow came afterward, from the head coach. Of all the people to give up on the season, really, who knew Mike Shanahan would be the first?
ďWhen you lose a game like that, now youíre playing to see who, obviously, is going to be on your football team for years to come,Ē Shanahan said after his teamís third straight loss and ninth in the past 10 games at FedEx Field. ďNow we get a chance to evaluate players and see where weíre at. Obviously weíre not out of it statistically. But now we find out what type of character weíve got and how guys keep on fighting through the rest of the season.Ē
Hear that, men? Seven games left to shore up job security. Youíre not playing for the postseason anymore. Youíre playing for the film room, to see if the decision-makers deign you worthy of a 2013 salary.