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The Redskins are in a super weird position right now. The team seems like theyíre teetering on the edge of disaster, with lots of in-fighting between the coaches. The plus side is that the player seem to be a relatively good spirits, or to at least be putting on good appearances. With the kind of organization disarray it seems like we have, itís actually refreshing to see the playerís havenít given up on the season and are still going to work; that much we can say has changed since Mike Shanahan took over in 2010.
But an underplayed part of how this team is built, as an organization, is how differently the offense and defensive staffs seem to gel. In the front office, Bruce Allen isnít the personnel guy, but I donít think heís ever pretended to be. Heís the contract guy, the guy that works trade and does PR. And thatís fine; he knows itís not his strong suit, so he leaves the personnel decisions to Director of Player Personnel Morocco Brown and Director of Pro Personnel Scott Campbell, both of whom have some solid buzz that they can step up and become general managers themselves (even though ultimately, Mike Shanahan is the decision maker.)
And for all intents and purposes, our offensive coaching staff is as solid as they can be. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is being buzzed about as a potential head coach candidateówhile the Redskins want to keep him here, it seems like if Shanahan got the right offer, heíd be more than inclined to step up. Thereís been some bumps in the development of Robert Griffin III here and there, but ultimately weíve seen an exciting, innovative offense that takes advantage of itís quarterback.
Bobby Turner is still the running backís whisperer, a guy who can seemingly coach anybody. Ike Hilliard doesnít have much of a track record, but considering he lost his best receiver, heís done a solid job of developing the talent he has to work with. Chris Foerester hasnít gotten enough credit for developing Trent Williams into an emerging elite talent, and heís helped shaped Will Montgomery and Chris Chester (two guys who were largely liabilities in 2011) into top performing offensive lineman. Sean McVay helped transform Fred Davis into a Pro Bowl caliber tight-end in 2011, and now Logan Paulsen even looks like a good tight end prospect (which is to say nothing of John Embree getting production out of the tight ends a year earlier) and was thought to be one of the brighter offensive minds in Tampa Bay. As was Matt LeFleur the quarterback coach, who was thought to be the next Kyle Shanahan when he was on staff in Houston.
The Redskins have a solid core of veteran coaches and young offensive minds, and they all seem to be working towards one goal. Thereís no jockeying for position, no trying to steal a job from someone else. They have one goal; win. They have some work to do themselves as far as penalties go, but the offense, players and coaches, on the whole, look like a much more confident, competent group.
The defense, however, is a complete mess.
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