As a coach, when your team has lost a lot more than it’s won, one would think that questions about your job security should be expected. I’m sure it’s not easy, and at times it may be painful. But when you don’t win, people tend to want to get to the bottom of why? Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan is getting asked those questions a lot, and he’s not happy about it.
Shanahan abruptly ended his press conference after the Redskins 27-26 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, after being asked question about his job security. Mike Shanahan’s winning percentage as Redskins head coach is 38%. When your team commits seven turnovers in one game, there are going to be those who are going to ask how that might affect your job security?
As a Redskins fan, I think I can assume that Redskins beat writers would much rather ask about good things, about winning. But unfortunately for Mike Shanahan, he’s done a lot more losing than winning as head coach of the Redskins. So if Shanahan thinks people should be more interested in a loss to another bad team more than the drama surrounding the team, he’s wrong.
A large portion of that drama is something he’s created. Shanahan’s allies in the media appear to be trying to help him by writing favorable articles about him highlighting his side of the story. But as much as propaganda can help, it doesn’t erase the reality of the situation for Mike Shanahan. And that is as Redskins head coach he’s hit double-digit losses in three of his four seasons.
If Shanahan wants to remain as Redskins head coach, he’s going to have to come up with a logical explanation as to how that’s happened. When you lose that much, it can’t be just the owner meddling. I can’t be due of the five starting quarterbacks you’ve had, and it can’t be just cap penalties. There’s got to be something more to it and people want to understand it.