Already you’re seeing stories of candidates being afraid of the Washington Redskins head coaching job. A perception I think former head coach Mike Shanahan wanted to create on his way out the door. The perception that there will be a meddling owner in Daniel Snyder who will interfere and cause problems for the new coach.
Shanahan wants people to believe that the losing wasn’t on him. That he lost because of Daniel Snyder. But Mike Shanahan was no longer the coach he once was by the time he came to the Redskins. So his failure is on him. But where he failed, a stronger individual might succeed. It all depends on the person.
If you are the kind of prospective head coach who wants to walk into a perfect situation, then the Washington Redskins are not for you. The burden of responsibility for the Redskins head coach is heavy. This isn’t your typical franchise. For one, it’s in the political capital of the world, Washington D.C., so that in and of itself brings a certain amount of pressure.
The winning history and hall of fame pedigree of the franchise brings even more pressure. And it seems that having Daniel Snyder as your owner could present a catch-22. On one hand you have an owner who will do whatever it takes to win, as money hasn’t been an issue for Snyder. However, he has been known for having personal relationships with players.
Or one player in particular, quarterback Robert Griffin III. It was reported that Snyder showed RGIII favoritism, and caused friction with the rest of the team, and for Shanahan. None of this has been substantiated, but once something like that gets leaked, it may as well be true. As Snyder has not publicly denied the accusation.
But to me if a candidate for the job is afraid of dealing with Daniel Snyder, then I say that person isn’t strong enough to be a head coach any way. You want a coach who will accept a challenge, not a coach who is afraid one. Because there will be challenges beyond Dan Snyder that could pop up at any time.
The Redskins need someone who knows how to deal with strong personalities, and get results with them. A person who won’t shy away from difficult situations, but who embraces and handles them. Situations beyond just simple X’s and O’s. However, there aren’t a whole lot of people out there like that. But to be the head coach of this team, the Redskins need to find one.