Earlier this year, Redskins legend and Hall of Famer Darrell Green wondered aloud if Robert Griffin III was the right man to lead the team on the field.
Now, he’s turned his sights toward coach Mike Shanahan, while effectively applying for a job.
The former Redskins cornerback told SiriusXM NFL Radio’s Dan Koppen and Zig Fracassi that he placed the blame for the current mess at the feet of Shanahan.
“These guys are coming in here with their kids, hiring them, everybody’s making millions and having fun, but nobody’s really winning,” Green said, via the Washington Post. “And so, it is frustrating for us. We’ve been losing 20 years here, and we were a team used to winning. And it’s not the owner, because the owner’s not playing and the owner’s not coaching. It’s very frustrating. And I put the onus right where it belongs. [Shanahan] said last week, ‘I take the blame, I didn’t have them ready to play.’ Well you know what, you’re supposed to have them ready to play, and that goes for anybody.”
Green said he didn’t think Shanahan would be back, mentioning that he wasn’t in a position to know. But in case anyone was listening, he said he’d like to be in a position to know in the future.
“I’m very optimistic about the potential for this team to be changed,” he said. “People can only go down so far, particularly when you have a guy who was a self-made millionaire, billionaire in Dan Snyder. This guy is not about losing. He’s about winning, and it’s a matter of time. He’s going to get the formula in place with the right people, and this thing is going to come around.”
That’s when Green began applying for a job, saying after attending several recent games, “it’s kind of gotten back in my blood.”
Of course, lauding Snyder’s managerial acumen is probably a good start toward finding a role, even if none of Snyder’s many approaches have worked yet. And having already pointed the finger at the quarterback which was so expensively acquired, Green might find it hard to make improvements to his beloved team very quickly.