Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen laid out some specific intangibles that he would look for when interviewing coaches for the open head coaching position. One of the attributes described was the coach needed to have a “fire in the belly”. A passion within him to want to coach the Washington Redskins.
Previous head coach Mike Shanahan may have shown fire behind the scenes, but publicly he seemed to have a more laid back approach in how he conducted his business. And that’s one of the things that really bothered me about Shanahan. Especially down the stretch of this season when things were falling apart.
He didn’t seem to have a sense of urgency to get the ship righted. It appeared as though Shanahan felt that by maintaining the status quo, maybe things would turn around on their own. And a sense of urgency is another quality that Bruce Allen pointed out for the new coach to have. As it would have been nice to see Mike Shanahan try to visually light a fire under some people.
However, I think at this stage of Mike Shanahan’s career he was more set in his ways. After such a long career and having accomplished so much, it didn’t seem as though he was in too much of a hurry to win. But rather wanted to take his time with the process of building a winner. But there will be no such thing with the Redskins new head coach.
Judging from Allen’s press conference, it sounded as though the new coach will be expected to do everything possible to win immediately. As now a days, the idea of a five-year plan for a coach to build a winning product, like the one Mike Shanahan had for the Redskins is now nothing more than an outdated concept.
Just looking around the NFL, many coaches are now being fired after as little as one season, as we saw in Cleveland with Rob Chudzinski. And I doubt the Redskins would do that, but I think the expectation for the new head coach is to hit the ground running. So a laid back approach towards winning, I doubt will be tolerated this time around.