When the 2011 Washington Redskins huddled in the locker room after the game yesterday, it was the last time that head coach Mike Shanahan would address the group as a team.
“I never address the team on the final day,” he told the media today. “I talked to the team after the game about our schedule for today, and about some of the things coming up in the near future. I talked about some of the different things coming up in the next few weeks.”
Over the course of the season, Shanahan has addressed his players individually or as a group, everyday for the last five months. He didn’t want to risk that his offseason message would be ignored, so he chose to have two Navy SEALs and a Marine address the team on the importance of teamwork and staying on task.
It certainly resonated with the players, but Shanahan said that he was impressed as well.
“They did a great job with them,” Shanahan said. “I listened to the speech today… it was very motivational, and they did a great job.”
Shanahan explained that today’s meeting was a mandate of the NFL, and that he and Director of Player Development, Bobby Crumpler planned for the sailors to address the team.
“Bobby knew it would be very informative and very motivational,” Shanahan explained. “We thought they did a great job.”
Shanahan noted that he also had individual meetings with players before they exited the facilities.