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Mike Shanahan should have gone ahead and Quit last year

With a report from ESPN emerging that Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan wanted to quit last season due to special treatment being given to quarterback Robert Griffin III from owner Daniel Snyder.  It seems to me that that if this report is true, then given the way things have gone this season for the Redskins, Shanahan should have gone ahead and quit.

Although Shanahan did not comment on the ESPN report, the team has been out of sync the entire season, and Shanahan’s feelings about his situation as coach may have been a reason why.  ESPN reported that Shanahan decided against quitting after Griffin tore his ACL, because he didn’t want it perceived that’s the reason he quit.

So if this report is true, then Shanahan merely pretended that he wanted to coach the Redskins this season because he was afraid of being portrayed negatively in the media.  As it seems the past few weeks there has been a media barrage of support for Shanahan, especially by ESPN commentators.

It seems Shanahan may be making an effort through the media to gain that favorable support for his leaving the team this year, that he would not have gotten last year due to RGIII’s injury.   This explains a lot of questionable decisions by Shanahan, specifically in regards to the status of his coaching staff.

Special teams coach Keith Burns and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett’s units have struggled mightily this season, and yet Shanahan has curiously stuck by them, and at times defended them.  But maybe this is because Shanahan knew he had no intention of returning, so why fire them when he was gone as well?

Even though Mike Shanahan’s record as Redskins head coach was 11-21 before Robert Griffin III ever became a member of the team.  It seems he wants people to forget about his lackluster job performance then, in order to paint himself as a victim of Snyder, and to re-invent himself as a candidate for other head coaching jobs.

But this is one of the reasons I stated Mike Shanahan should been fired weeks ago.  Because if he wanted out so badly, why not have the guts to just go ahead and quit last year?  That would have been much more admirable than doing it now.  Because now, his actions seem just as shady and underhanded as what’s being alleged of Daniel Snyder.

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  • MacFly1

    Both Shanahans need to go. NOW.

  • april walker

    You don’t like Coach, we get it! Always writing stuff like this! You dont think nobody else has been at fault here? Coach hasn’t been my fav person but this stuff makes me like him more! This is the NFL not NBA where star players get everybody fired! Loved Redskins for 36yrs, never seen anything like this!

    • Maurice Barksdale

      April, I’m sorry you haven’t liked what you’ve seen here. But much of what I’ve written recently is meant as counter programming to what ESPN and some of their commentators have been reporting, in their effort to portray Shanahan as a mere victim in all this. And deflect responsibility from him and his role in the Redskins current state of mediocrity.

      Of course Mike Shanahan isn’t the only one to blame, but he’s been in control over the team for the past four seasons. He’s had complete control over personnel decisions, and the direction of the team. So I’m not really sure who else would deserve more blame at this point.

      And you may not see it this way, but Shanahan or someone close to him is the one leaking these recent headlines to the media. The one from Sunday, which was released right before the game, all but sabotaged any chance the team had to win. I’m not sure what there is to like about such tactics.

      However, I appreciate your input, and I value others opinions. This is what articles like this are designed for. To get people talking and to create a dialogue on all sides.

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  • Wizards

    IMO Shanny wanted to get fired.