I will forgive Shanny if we hear tomorrow that he has fired Haslett
I got to watch some of the calamity that was today's game. I've been pretty pro-Shanny, but even my jaded eyes cannot escape the obvious....this team is in disarray.
I haven't felt this bleak since Marty's first 5 games. Sure there are some bright spots, but with limited cap, limited top picks, I just can't see how this gets much better any time soon.
I've been holding out hope that with superior coaching, some of the youngsters would be coached up by now. It is evident that is not happening to any degree.
And what really gets me is the PENALTIES. Shanny above all else knows this is a killer and yet every week, they keep happening....over & over & over.
(And don't give me the old..."the refs hate us bit"- if it's close, the Ref's are gonna call it...you get that, I get that, why don't the players "get that"?)
With Shanahan's pedigree, I am still in shock that this team can look this bad, halfway through- especially at Home.
And today's presser, well, that was pathetic.
3 years in, "same 'ol Redskins" - gosh, that's tough to swallow!
Did we win? I had to turn it off at the end of the first and go to work.
"Imagination was given to man to compensate for what he is not, and a sense of humor to console him for what he is." - Sir Bacon
When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.-Jimi Hendrix
This is why the season isn't over:
Right now, the Seahawks are the 6th playoff team at 5-4. The Skins are only 2 games back with 7 games to play. I know the Seahawks schedule looks easy, but is anyone convinced the Seahawks are a good team?
Other 4 loss teams? The Vikings, who the Skins already own a tiebreaker against and have 4 games left against the Bears/Packers and one with the Lions. The Lions who have 3 games with Bears/Packers and one with the Vikings. The Bucs, who you already own a tiebreaker against and have two games against the Falcons. And possibly the Cowboys and Eagles, who still play twice and can therefore catch up to with no help.
Heck, even the Giants have the Falcons and Packers on their schedule...
3-6 sounds horrible until you realize the only "help" you need to make the playoffs is one Giants loss or 2 seahawks losses at least one of which is a conf game.
I'll tell you right now that both of things will happen. I'll tell you right now that the Eagles and Cowboys and Browns are every bit as bad as the Redskins are. I'll tell you that the Ravens and Giants are not unwinnable games. (as evidence by the fact that we almost beat the giants 3 weeks ago)
With a kicker who seems to make kicks, a QB and RB who are always scoring threats, the only thing stopping this team from winning more games than they lose is the secondary and the lethargy that has obviously infected the coaching staff.
There is ZERO reason why a coach shouldn't look at the remaining 7 games and think you have a real shot at going 6-1 or 7-0 and that clearly still gives you a shot at the playoffs.
On top of that, it sets a horrible example for the young players on the team. If this was one of McNabbs teams and you were going to sit old guys for rookies, sure. But with young players? You want them to keep fighting.
This is one of the worst bits of coaching I have ever seen.
I've been saying this since the beginning of the season (QB Takin the Wrong Kinda Lumps Thread) yet people keep saying, "but we' scoring points and RG3 is athletic use em', blah blah blah." Yet our rookie phenom isn't getting the opportunity to develop into a PURE PASSER. Ye, the pistol is cool, but its a flavor of the month offense. Not whats gonna get us a championship. The fact that Shanahans aren't letting him develop properly which leads me to think we need a change at coach.
TEAMS ARE GETTING FILM NOW. THE POINTS ARE DECLINING NOW. And Robert hasn't been forced to read coverages, and it showed today vs a 4 man front, dropping 7 into coverage. HE STRUGGLED!
I'll have a coach ready to coach in 2012 not 1995.
I'm not a Shanny fan....I'm glad people are starting to turn on him. Hopefully the owner isn't gun shy.
Fact is, having RG3 makes this a great job....my top 2 candidates to replace him would be...
Gruden & Chip Kelly.
Shanny is a glorified version of Norv Turner...he's an offensive coordinator...I'm not interested in hearing about his 2 superbowls...barry switzer won a superbowl.
My issues with Shanny start with his game management...these are areas he can control....taking timeouts on offense late in the game down two scores, is amateurish. Attempting 62 yd FG's with Cundiff, etc...
Throw in his many bad personnel decisions, coaching staff decisions, the lack of team discipline and the propensity to self destruct.
Before I even heard about this post-game presser, I already, for the first time, finally, had a feeling of doubt for the Shannahan's. I've defended Mike, and I've defended Kyle's playcalling. But that nonsense in the redzone has me scratching my head at Kyle, and everything else that's going wrong has to be on Shanny's shoulders.
Losing is one thing. Having the worst defense in the league, what's becoming a simply gimmicky offense, and having the last 2 games be...just so boring and blah and predictable and 'It's over' in the 3rd quarter...I just don't see how it turns around. I'm not sure better players make a difference. Special teams problems (even if not today), ridiculous penalties (even if we think the refs are screwing us). It's just not right.
If we travel all the way down the road of replacing Shanahan, I'd like to rebuild our front office the correct way...with separation of duties. At a minimum, give Allen personnel duties. If not, allow him to hire that position and THEN let that man determine who will be our next coach.
"Washington strolled to the NFC championship, outscoring their two playoff opponents by a combined total of 48 points. Their domination was more than impressive, it was historic. The 1991 Redskins boasted the largest average margin of victory among all Super Bowl champions."
--- America's Game
After losing to Carolina, though, its not difficult to imagine us perhaps going 1-6 or 0-7 down the stretch. Getting (maybe) Garcon back should help the downfield game, but I have no idea how you de-screw this defense. All that with Shanny's abysmal clock management, and its hard not to be discouraged.
This loss is on a par with Zorn's 2009 loss to KC and Gibbs' 2006 loss to the Titans. Just another lost year.
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