It’s business as usual for Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan as his team’s record falls to 3-7, and likely out of playoff contention. Very few starters have lost their jobs, and no assistant coaches have been relieved of their duties. It’s almost as if Shanahan doesn’t believe anything is wrong, regardless of his team’s record.
For a coach who is on the verge of having his third losing season out of four with the team, Mike Shanahan seems pretty content about what’s going on right now. Maybe it’s because Shanahan is a two-time Super Bowl winner, and with the kind of confidence that brings a person, maybe he doesn’t feel like he needs to push the panic button just yet.
But instead of confidence on the part of Shanahan, maybe it’s arrogance that keeps him from making changes. Maybe from his perspective, he’s got everything right where he wants it to be. And yet on a 3-7 team on the brink of missing the playoffs, shouldn’t the head coach be leaving no stone unturned to get the team on the winning track?
What is it exactly that Mike Shanahan loves so much about Jim Haslett’s defense? It’s consistently ranked amongst the league’s worst, and it shows no ability to compete against the league’s best offenses. And while the Redskins offense actually is consistently ranked amongst the league’s best, it’s not diverse enough to make adjustments when the team is behind.
I doubt Mike Shanahan would consider firing his son Kyle as the offensive coordinator. I mean, it’s his son. But what’s keeping Shanahan from making a change on defense? What more does he need to see that he hasn’t seen already? If Shanahan really expects to return as the team’s head coach next season, why not get started on that right now?
Why not demote some players who’ve been underperforming and give some up and comers a shot? Is Shanahan really counting on the team getting on another late season winning streak like last season? While anything is possible, as we saw last season, coaches shouldn’t count on the improbable to save their behinds. It’s asking too much of fate.
No, right now the fans need to see people being held accountable for mediocrity. They need to see a head coach taking action when the team isn’t performing well. It’s time for Mike Shanahan to realize that this season isn’t last season. Sometimes you can’t just stick to the plan.
Sometimes a leader has to kick some tail to get results, but right now I’m not seeing that from Mike Shanahan. He’s behaving like a man who has all the time in the world. But time may be running out.