ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan is trying to put a positive spin on his 3-6 team.
At his news conference Friday, Shanahan says his offense is "doing some good things" in the running game. He says "at times, we've been very effective" when passing.
He says his defense "played some good halves over the last three or four games."
He says his special teams "made some strides" and "coverage teams are much better."
A year ago, the Redskins also were 3-6, before winning seven consecutive games to win the NFC East.
Still, there would not appear to be real reason for optimism Friday, based on the team's latest lead-blowing, mistake-filled performance, a 34-27 defeat against Minnesota. The Vikings won only one other game this season.