Mike Shanahan said earlier this week that he sees marked difference in his team now compared to the Redskins squad that he took over two years ago, and Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid agrees.
Shanahan on Monday cited improved youth and depth as signs of improvement. And Reid, whose Eagles on Sunday host the Redskins in the regular season finale, said it’s evident that Washington’s players have a better understanding of the systems Shanahan wants them to run.
“They understand what he’s asking from a football standpoint, schematically, and then I think they understand his discipline,” said Reid, whose team beat the Redskins 20-13 in their Week 6 meeting.
The Redskins own a 5-10 record – marking the second consecutive year that Shanahan’s squad has suffered double-digit losses – and need a victory on Sunday to equal last year’s mark.
But despite Washington’s record, Reid believes the Redskins have shown positives worth building on.
“They’re doing some good things,” Reid said. “They’ve had a few injuries, but the guys that have stepped in have done nice and are playing their tail off.”
“I like both of them,” the coach said. “They’re both different, but I like both of them and it just seems like if Mike Shanahan puts a running back in there, that running back does well. He’s got a great eye for running backs, as does Bruce [Allen]. So they get these guys and Mike puts them into the system, and they know how to play.”