Will Shanahan be around in 2012?

Redskins playing tough down the stretch.

Well, I’ll hold my hands up and admit I was ready to quit on Coach Shanahan during the Seahawks game. We were playing like a poorly coached team and at the beginning of the fourth quarter, we looked like extending our losing streak to seven games. And after being outplayed in at least five of those preceding six, we were showing nothing that looked like suggesting anything was about to change.

But the players did not quit on the head coach. The players did not quit on the fans. And the players did not quit on each other. Roy Helu and Rex Grossman led the team to 16 unanswered points to defeat the ‘Hawks and since then, played the Jets tough for 55 minutes, before taking the Patriots to the final 22 seconds before committing a crucial turnover to literally hand the game to them.

I don’t know if we’ll win another game this season and I don’t know if Mike Shanahan will be given a third year after two losing seasons, but us Redskins fans can take a little bit of pride in the way the players have played for pride over the last three or four games.

Should he be given a third year? Since the bye week, as I said, my opinion would have been a resounding NO! Our offence was struggling, hitting its low point against the Bills, although our defence was trying its best to keep us in games.

I was ready to start thinking about who the next Redskins head coach should be after some questionable coaching decisions. It was Shanahan who convinced us that we could compete with Grossman and Beck battling for the start and Shanahan that unceremoniously dumped Rex after a poor game against the Eagles, despite a 3-2 record. After a disastrous three game run with “Check-down” Beck at the helm, he returned to Grossman with some pleasing results, but unfortunately not of the “W” variety. The turnovers were still there, but at least he was prepared to throw the ball downfield.

But we are still making those sloppy mistakes that bad teams make. Do we have the personnel to compete with the best? Do we punch above our weight to go toe to toe with the best by making plays? Does our team play better than the sum of its parts? Do we out coach the opposition with subtle changes and nuances and reacting to what happens on the field? If you answered no to all four of those questions, you probably know the answer to the next one. Is it time for a coaching change? I think the four questions will get answered during the next three games.

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