ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- Mike Shanahan's players are supporting their coach after he seemingly wrote off the Washington Redskins' season and then said his comments had been misinterpreted.
''I thought he clarified exactly what he meant, how it wasn't portrayed the way it needed to be,'' said co-captain London Fletcher, a 15-year veteran. ''He let us know exactly how he feels about this season, how he feels about the guys in this locker room. Coach Shanahan's a proven winner, a two-time Super Bowl-winning head coach. He's not a person who gives up on a season.''
Fletcher doesn't agree with criticism of Shanahan for his comments.
''To portray him in that light is not fair to him, not fair to this football team. You get a couple of games to go your way, especially in November, you're right in the thick of things.''
Defensive end Chris Baker, who rose from the practice squad in 2011 to being in the rotation this year, said Shanahan's comments about evaluating personnel rang true.
''It's an evaluation period all year,'' Baker said. ''That's exactly how it is week to week. If you're not good enough, they're going to find someone to replace you.''
''The coaches put us in the right plays and put us in the right places,'' said left tackle Trent Williams, another co-captain. ''We're just not taking advantage of them.''