Right now, as a Redskins fan, you are in either one of two camps. You either like head coach Mike Shanahan, or you want him fired. There really is no in-between right now. And to compound things, when I say like, what I really mean is accept. With one final game against the New York Giants, the Skins are looking to (Choose which best fits your mood: [A] salvage [B] terminate [C] end with dignity, or [C] forget) a season fraught with drama and unrest. At the epicenter of the rumblings has been Mike Shanahan more often than not, and to a lesser extent, son and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, better known as little Shanny, Shanny Jr., or Shanny light. I have come to terms with the current conundrum of the Shanahan clan, and offer insight to both the Shanahan lovers, and haters.
Mike Shanahan is the right coach for the Washington Redskins. He will not be fired, and he will rebuild this team. There, I’m off to a nice optimistic start to please the fans of our beleaguered head coach. Now for part two, to try and appease the Shanahan haters. Mike Shanahan will not reach his full potential until he –now here’s the hard part- fires his son. In order to truly love someone, you need to let them go. Or at least that’s how the expression goes. Mike Shanahan has got to let Kyle go.
Donovan McNabb was not the right fit for the Redskins. He could have been though. I think much of the problem lies with Kyle Shanahan’s failure to work with him. I attribute that to his age. Not having even reached thirty, I don’t think he is mature enough to fill the shoes of the position he has been promoted to. I thought there were laws against nepotism. Conversely, the decision to start Rex Grossman was not any jibe at McNabb’s skill. On most bad days McNabb is still better than Grossman. It has more to do with the relationship between Kyle and Grossman. This is evident through watching the interaction between the two during previous games. I hate to say it, but I think the real reason McNabb is done boils down to the fact that Kyle likes Grossman more at a personal level. Could this be a budding bromance?
A lot needs to happen this off-season. That is granted. The first thing that’s needs to happen is for someone to get off their laurels, make a hard but wise decision and tell Kyle that it was a good run (who am I kidding, it was horrible), but he needs a few more years (maybe decades) back in the minors. In the mean time, I hear Ralph Friedgen is looking for a job.