Mike Shanahan is the head coach of the Washington Redskins and it will remain that way. It should remain that way. The biggest problem with Redskins fans is that we don’t know what we want. Many were excited when the Skins landed Shanahan. Many were excited when we landed quarterback Donovan McNabb. Naturally expectations were high. Now that things didn’t pan out the way most of us wanted, what do we do? We want Shanahan fired. That’s the wrong answer.
As I listened to ESPN 980 on the way to the dentist today, what I was hearing was almost as painful as the thought of having needles thrust into my delicate gums. Fire Mike Shanahan. Really? Ok. Let’s put the brakes on for a minute here. I know everyone is upset about another mediocre season, but for all the whining about the Skins front office being guilty of knee-jerk reactions, we want him gone after one season? Well, one person will be gone next year and it won’t be Shanahan. It is obvious McNabb is history.
Out of the two, I would rather McNabb be the one to pack up and leave anyways. My reaction was tepid back when it broke that the Redskins signed him. We did not need an aging and ailing all-pro. We need a young stud who can be groomed into the position. Moving forward, the Redskins will release McNabb. They will (hopefully) take a quarterback in the first round of the draft. Rex Grossman will start for the Redskins next year. This I can see happening, and I am not opposed to it. While Grossman is starting, he knows he will be grooming his replacement; this unnamed stud-of-a-draft pick. Next year will be painful like this year. It will be a rebuilding year; A true rebuilding year.
Firing Shanahan is about the lamest idea possible right now, so if you are one of the many who thinks this needs to happen, please rethink your position and listen to reason. Shanahan is guilty of many things, mainly being poor in the public relations sector, but I am still happy we have him. Yes, he could have handled the McNabb situation better, but I don’t believe McNabb was disrespected, as McNabb said. McNabb doesn’t want to leave Washington but don’t buy into that too much. McNabb is a well versed and intelligent politician. He’s not going to make matters worse by bad-talking the Skins or Shanahan.
Move forth with the knowledge that Mike Shanahan will be here next year. He is not the problem. It is time to rebuild so get ready for more pain. I’ll tell you after the April drafts if there is light at the end of the tunnel.