With last night’s 27-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, the Washington Redskins record is now 3-8. And while they still have an outside chance to finish .500, odds are they will not make the playoffs, which means more than likely head coach Mike Shanahan will end the season with his third losing record in four years.
With a record like that what’s the justification to bring him back? It seems the team is clearly headed in the wrong direction, and there’s no clear indication that Mike Shanahan can get things turned around. Shanahan has taken the approach of playing it cool, while things fall apart around him, and that tactic may cost him.
He’s taken no steps to shake up his coaching staff, and with five games left, there seems no reason for him to do so now. So his only other alternative is to shake up his depth chart. And while there are some pointing at the quarterback position, at this point what would benching Robert Griffin III prove?
I like Kirk Cousins, but his presence in the lineup won’t make the defense any better, and such a move could only serve to divide an already divided team even more. That’s why the Redskins should consider firing Mike Shanahan now. Because in his mind the future of the team doesn’t exist, he may only see the present.
And RGIII needs those reps and experience to improve, sitting on the bench does nothing for him. And let’s face it with all the Redskins gave up to get RGIII, they can’t sit him on bench. He is the future of the franchise whether some realize it or not, and not Kirk Cousins.
Also, the approach in regards to RGIII has to change. No more read-option plays, or QB draws for the rest of the season. No more risking RGIII’s health any more than necessary. He needs to make it to the off-season as healthy as possible, and that may not be a consideration for a coach who knows he won’t be back.
Mike Shanahan may not care about the Redskins next season. He didn’t care about it in the playoffs last year, when he left a clearly limping and injured Robert Griffin III in the game, instead of thinking about the future. But owner Daniel Snyder needs to think about it. And if it’s a choice between Shanahan and RGIII, there’s only one choice to make. It may be time to make it now.