There is some sentiment that Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan should be allowed to return next season, but with some new coordinators. And then in addition to that, some are suggesting that Shanahan also receive a contract extension. But my thinking is, if new coordinators are needed then why don’t you need a new head coach?
The idea defies logic in many ways. Shanahan has a losing record as the Redskins head coach, and yet instead of getting fired he gets a contract extension? If that actually happens, then it will be as a result of Shanahan’s alleged covert media campaign of leaks through ESPN, portraying him as a victim of a meddling owner in Daniel Snyder.
How else could a coach with double-digit losing seasons in three out of four even remotely be considered for a contract extension? It’s mind-boggling. After four seasons of below average results why should Mike Shanahan get basically what amounts to a do over? The man’s been paid $7 million a year already and could only muster a 24-38 record.
And for those who say Snyder’s interference, and cap penalties have hindered Shanahan, shouldn’t a coach paid among the best in the NFL be able to overcome such obstacles and still win? Maybe in this contract extension, Shanahan should take a significant pay cut more commiserate to a coach like him with a losing record.
As for new coordinators, first of all Shanahan should have never been allowed to hire his son Kyle. Not that Kyle Shanahan has been a terrible coordinator, he hasn’t. But you can’t have your child working for you, and not show them favoritism of some kind. And Jim Haslett has done nothing to justify him being defensive coordinator as long as he has.
So if Mike screwed up picking his coordinators the first time, why should he be trusted to get it right this time? My answer is he should be trusted, he should be fired. Let a new coach come in who isn’t so arrogant as to give his own son a coveted coordinator position. Someone who won’t wait four years to bring up problems with the owner and then leak them to the media.
A coach who has the wisdom to remove a clearly injured quarterback from a game before he suffers a catastrophic injury. A coach who won’t let multiple high round draft picks be traded away, when he didn’t really want to do it. So should Mike Shanahan get his contract extended? No, instead of getting a do over, Mike Shanahan should be done.
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