The Washington Redskins squandered a 27-14 lead in the third quarter , and ended up losing 34-27. 20 unanswered points to a Minnesota Vikings offense that ranked 27th in the league. An offense that featured a quarterback in Christian Ponder that struggled all season, but was made to look like an all-pro by the Redskins defense.
Head coach Mike Shanahan seemed powerless to stop the bleeding, and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett’s defense again was not up to the task. The Redskins defense has talent, but maybe it’s still not the right kind of talent to run the 3-4 properly. It’s possible that the Redskins cap penalties over the past few years have hurt the defense too.
However, this hasn’t always been the case. But now with the Redskins at 3-6, winning the NFC East just become a lot harder. I projected they would need to go 6-2 over their last eight games in order to put themselves in a position to challenge for the division title. But by losing to a team they should have beaten, 6-2 may not be possible.
So if the Redskins miss the playoffs, what becomes of Mike Shanahan? Does he keep his job, or will owner Daniel Snyder look elsewhere? The Redskins still have a glimmer of hope to make a run, but they may need to win out now, and that will be a tough task. But if they don’t, then 3 out of 4 losing seasons for Shanahan might be too much to overcome.
Mike Shanahan has allowed his defense to be mediocre to bad for 4 seasons now. It just may end up finally costing him.
— Riggo’s Rag (@RiggosRag) November 8, 2013