Mike Shanahan feels the Redskins are still in the playoff hunt

The Giants are 6-4, and Mike Shanahan is looking at that as an opening for his team to break through. At 3-6, the Redskins are starting to show signs of life, and Shanahan is using the 2011 Giants as an example for his team.

The glass is half full, and all the Redskins need is a few breaks to go their way. However, if the players think they are dead in the water, Shanahan is watching and evaluating for 2013. He spoke to The Dave Logan Show on KOA in Denver about the possibility of making the playoffs. He’s also watching if players will quit on the season.

“I think our football team gets excited because they know exactly where the Giants were last year when we beat them at their place and they went 7-7. Everybody said they were out of it, and as you mentioned, they ended up winning the Super Bowl. And our football team feels the same way. You take a look at our division … New York is 6-4, they’ve got a bye week but they’ve got some pretty tough competition down the road, plus we play them. So only one game out there if we happen to win the rest of the games. So yeah you’re right in the thick of things, but you have to be playing your best football.”

“When you have a little adversity, some of the new guys you have on your team, some of the draft choices, some of the free agents on your football team, you’re not really sure how they’re going to react when they do have a little adversity. I said, ‘Hey, this time of year, every game’s a must-win game. We’re playing for playoff spots.’ Any time you’re 3-6 and you’ve got the remainder of your schedule, you know you’ve got to win the rest of them. That [means] we’re going to see the character of some of our guys that we haven’t had on our football team. Guys that were free agents, guys that were draft choices right now. How will they play when their backs are against the wall? If they don’t play good, they won’t be here, but it has nothing to do with this season. I was just trying to motivate some of our guys that haven’t been part of our football team that if we don’t see your best football, you won’t be with us.”