In the wake of the Redskins 21-13 “Homecoming” loss to the Panthers and Mike Shanahan’s subsequent post-game comments, Lavar Arrington had a powerful message to deliver to the head coach and the players Monday.
Shanahan stirred reporters in his post-game press conference immediately after his team fell to 3-6 on the year, by saying, “Now we get a chance to evaluate players and see where we’re at.”
When a coach says it’s time to “evaluate” during a season, it generally carries the connotation of lowered expectations for the rest of the year, understanding that regular starters may play less while coaches see what the youngsters can do on the field with added reps.
106.7 The Fan’s own Lavar Arrington – who was honored on the field Sunday as one of the 80 greatest Redskins of all-time – sounded off on Mike Shanahan and the lack of fight from the Redskins, challenging them to be something the fans will remember for years to come.
“They need to look at each other and understand this is bigger than you,” Arrington said. “This isn’t just about you. This is about everybody that’s worn that uniform before you came and everybody that’s going to wear that uniform after you’ve gone.”
He called into question Mike Shanahan’s logic behind admitting to the media that they’ve reached the point in the season where it’s time to evaluate the players, saying the third-year coach definitely lost their trust.
“As a coach, you’ll be remembered because you won Super Bowls somewhere else but you will not be remembered as a Super Bowl coach here. Remember that. You will be remembered for what you did in this city. And these people are damn good at remembering.”
In a humble rant, Arrington mentioned as he was on the field, he overheard Redskins greats like Darrell Green and Ray Brown – who had won Super Bowls in Washington – reminiscing over the old days, and how he will never be able to have a conversation as meaningful.
“When Jeff Bostic came out … when Charles Mann came out … when those guys came out. Them fans lost their minds!”
Shanahan clarified his statements in an interview with Dan Graziano on Monday:
“To insinuate that I was giving up on the season is completely ridiculous. We’ve got five NFC East games still on the schedule. Any time you have division games, you have a great chance.”