Redskins fans are a very loyal and passionate group of people but sometimes that passion causes them to be a little too impatient at times and calling for the firing of Kyle Shanahan is one of those times….
Look I’m a Redskins fan and have been for quite awhile now. I was alive for each and every one of Joe Gibbs seasons as a Redskins head coach and I’m not just talking about the second go round either. I grew up on watching players like Art Monk, Darrell Green and The Hogs. So I remember the glory days when double digit wins were common and every season brought a strong chance of making it to the Super Bowl. So I am one of the people that actually can talk about “Redskin Football” and know what it means.
So when I say this it comes not as an outsider but as one of your own……
We need to chill out on the calling for coaches to be fired, relax and just give it some time because as the saying goes Rome wasn’t built in a day. You want positive results? Well give it some time after all remember he is taking over a team that averaged just 16.6 points per game in 2009.
So it is not as if he was taking over a team that was really even built to win right now. This is a rebuilding process and one single season is not enough time to truly evaluate whether he is right for the job or not. What did he really inherit going in to this season that would make you think that this season was going to be that good? An inferior offensive line, running backs that can’t stay healthy and a wide receivers corp that is good but not really overly impressive.
So Kyle is too young and does not have enough experience to be the Redskins offensive coordinator?
Was Kyle Shanahan too young in Houston where he was the offensive coordinator in 2008 and 2009? Redskins fans would have killed for the Texans offense from either of those seasons.
Or hey I guess Al Saunders, Sherman Smith and the number of other Redskins offensive coordinators who came in and never found consistent success must have been too young and inexperienced as well. After all the Redskins offense has not had back to back years of being good since the 1990s.
Eventually it comes down to talent and you know what the Redskins this year just did not have much of it. Sure they found out along the way that guys like Armstrong and Torain deserve to be in the NFL. These are things though that they found out as the season went along because nobody expected a guy like Armstrong to have the success he has had. Having found out these things though will help the team going in to the 2011 season.
For those people that are upset about the benching of McNabb well he led the team to a 5 and 8 record and threw more interceptions than touchdowns, one hopped passes often and made many bad passes along the way to losing his job. Honestly the McNabb experiment should probably never had happened and I think the Eagles took the Redskins on the trade. McNabb is old and his inaccuracy as a passer is showing more now than ever before. He is just not good enough anymore to where his flaws can be hidden at least not on a bad team in a rebuilding stage which is what the Redskins are.
Sure the McNabb situation could have been handled differently but for me it is not enough to scrap the offense and start all over again. I know its easy to get caught up in all the negative criticism and coverage being given to Kyle but most of it is just a knee jerk reaction to one bad season. Give the kid a shot because if they come out next season or the year after that and the offense is great you will all be singing a different song then.
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