I’m hearing talk and speculation in the media that if Mike Shanahan were fired as Washington Redskins head coach, that other teams would be eager to hire him like the Kansas City Chiefs did Andy Reid. But what some fail to realize is that the Redskins already gave Mike Shanahan the same chance at redemption the Chiefs gave to Reid.
Like Reid had been fired by the Philadelphia Eagles, Mike Shanahan was fired by the Denver Broncos after 14 years as their head coach. And like Reid last year, Shanahan was still seen as a hot head coaching commodity after the Broncos fired him, but he chose to sit out the 2009 season before getting back into coaching.
Shanahan then replaced Jim Zorn as the Redskins head coach in 2010 and was given control over the franchise, similar to what the Chiefs gave to Andy Reid. Shanahan was given final say on all football matters. But Reid has started off with a bang in Kansas City, while Shanahan started slowly with the Redskins.
And despite an NFC East title in 2012, Mike Shanahan has struggled for the most part in Washington with a 24-35 record, and is on the coaching hot seat. So Mike Shanahan left Denver with still some luster and prestige to his name, but given what’s transpiring in Washington, why would other NFL teams be so anxious to hire him now?
The Redskins already are Mike Shanahan’s Andy Reid moment, and if he’s fired by the Redskins, I doubt another NFL team would be eager to hire him as their head coach. Shanahan has regressed as a head coach since his glory days in Denver. And after being given control over the franchise in Washington, he’s failed to produce a consistent winner.
Being head coach of the Washington Redskins may have been Mike Shanahan’s last best chance to become a winner again in the NFL. But seeing where he has the franchise right now, that chance may have already come and gone.