PHILADELPHIA (AP) - With the clock winding down in the first half, the Washington Redskins' field-goal unit hurried onto the field only to watch time run out before attempting a short kick.
"I think the last five, six games we've done some good things, run the football against some good teams, not as good as we need, though," Shanahan said. "We talked about adding a few pieces on offense, we need a few pieces on defense, a good draft, but we made some strides. Our football team is a lot different than a year ago, and that's a positive."
"Oh yeah, tremendously," linebacker Brian Orakpo said. "Even though our record's worse, I feel like our defense is tops in the league. Statistically, we kind of fell off toward the end, but I really feel like we got the core guys we can build off of and really look for a bright future for this team, especially with all the young guys you see this year."
It's the first time since 2007 that Philadelphia didn't qualify for postseason play and just the fourth time in coach Andy Reid's 13 seasons.
"We have to get better all the way around, starting with me," Reid said. "This wasn't good enough."
One of four NFL games on the final day that had no playoff ramifications, this had the feel of a preseason game. There were thousands of empty seats at the always sold-out Linc, and there was far more interest in the Mummer's Parade on Broad Street.
The Winter Classic alumni game between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers across the street at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday generated more excitement.
"I'm not sure what my opportunities are going to be," said Grossman, who will be a free agent. "I hope this is the best opportunity. It's a very good team. I'm proud of every single teammate that I played with. Everybody worked hard, nobody gave up. We have great character in that locker room. Even though we finished where we finished, I was proud to be a part of this team."
The Redskins were 3-1 and leading the NFC East when the teams met on Oct. 16. A 20-13 loss to Philadelphia started their six-game losing streak and knocked them out of the playoff picture.
"I think it was encouraging to see how we played in the first half of games this season, but was disappointed that we did not finish some games," linebacker Ryan Kerrigan said. "We did not always play up to par this season."
Roy Helu turned a screen pass into a 47-yard TD to get Washington to 10-7 on the opening drive of the second half.
An unsportsmanlike penalty on Santana Moss for taking off his helmet and arguing a non-call for pass interference pushed the ball back, and the clock expired before Gano could attempt a field goal after Jabar Gaffney was tackled at the Eagles 7. Long snapper Nick Sundberg wasn't on the field as players scurried to the line of scrimmage.
"A little mix-up there relative to communication, coupled with not getting the play," Shanahan said, explaining that the headsets weren't working at the time.
NOTES: Grossman finished with 20 interceptions despite not starting three games. ... Shanahan's previous worst season was 6-10 last year and with Denver in 1999. ... Orakpo left with a left shoulder injury. He'll have an MRI on Monday.