Mike Shanahan is the first Redskins coach to preside over back-to-back seasons with double-digit losses since Norv Turner in the mid-90’s.
Turner survived those seasons to stick around a while longer, but that was before Dan Snyder bought the team. Snyder has fired every one of his Redskins coaches in two years or less except for Joe Gibbs.
That’s why it’s not that crazy to think Shanahan could be a surprise coach to lose his job at the end of this season. It would certainly surprise Shanahan.
Shanahan said there is “no doubt” in his mind that he’ll be back next season. But he knows it’s not his decision to make.
“Hopefully there’s no doubt in Dan’s mind, too,” Shanahan said with a laugh. “That would be the bigger guy to ask.”
Shanahan continues to sell the notion that he needs time to truly rebuild, saying it “going to take some time to do it right.”
Although Shanahan’s decisions at quarterback deserve a lot of scrutiny, we’re inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt. He’s drafted well and the Redskins don’t need to keep starting over from scratch.