I recently heard a report by ESPN’s Chris Mortensen that alluded to the idea that Mike Shanahan might be happy to get fired as Washington Redskins head coach. Mainly because of the theory that he’s being undermined by quarterback Robert Griffin III, and Shanahan might be better off getting out of the situation.
Mortensen also alluded to the thought that the Redskins gave RGIII too much power last season, and they may be paying the price for that now. This is I believe is a valid point, but whether or not Shanahan is being undermined is nonsense. The fact is, Mike Shanahan has done plenty wrong on his own to be on the Hot Seat, without RGIII’s help at all.
But the trend of defending Shanahan seems to be growing with each passing week. From NBC’s Chris Collinsworth to ESPN’s Jon Gruden, commentators from every network are making arguments for Mike Shanahan to stay on as head coach, or insinuating the only reason he’s in trouble is because of Robert Griffin III, or the cap penalties.
I think this is mostly because Mike Shanahan has established good relationships with key people in the media, and they would defend him no matter what his record is. Even though I’ve called for Shanahan to be fired, I don’t dislike him. He seems like a nice enough guy, but 24-37 over four seasons, and 3 out for 4 losing seasons is pretty hard to logically defend.
So I don’t think I’m being too hard on Shanahan and the attack of his record. I think it’s a logical area to call into question. I’m not analyzing Shanahan’s record based on what I think of him as a person, or how well I know him like some people are. It’s based on what he’s done a head coach of the Washington Redskins.
I think Shanahan is the one responsible for putting him in the situation he’s in, and not his quarterback. RGIII brought Shanahan an NFC EAST division title in the one winning season Shanahan has had as the Redskins head coach. But if Mike Shanahan is a victim, then who’s the culprit for the three losing seasons? RGIII wasn’t around for the first two.