---------- Post added October-26th-2012 at 06:15 PM ----------
1. They had a HUGE cap problem due to years of deferring costs to the future.
2. They were old and had no talent.
3. The coaching the previous 2 years had made whatever talent was on the team dumber
4. The team had lost the confidence of one of the most loyal fan bases around.
5. There was no answer at QB, the most important position on the field.
6. There was less than zero depth.
7. There was no discipline.
8. The team hadn't won anything substantial in 20 years.
9. Crappy stadium with no home field advantage.
10. An owner makes all the final personnel calls. (Which was true until the day Shanahan was hired.)
In 3 years, Shanahan had to completely re-invent everything on the team from scratch. Which he did. We now have some depth on offense, a few play-makers, and some pretty good talent and some depth at certain spots on defense. However, there are a few huge holes left to fill. Work in progress.
I don't see Shanahan deserving to be fired this year no matter what.
Now, if they go 6-10 next year and the defense is putrid, then you have to give Pat Bowen his due for understanding Shanahan's inability to put together a full football team.