This Sunday marked the Redskins 5th consecutive loss this season making them 3-6 after starting the season 3-1. Following this week’s loss to a 1-7 Miami Dolphins team, fans voiced their opinions and demanded Head Coach Mike Shanahan’s firing. From FedEx Field to the White House, these pleas from fans sound quite familiar.
3 years ago, President Barack Obama walked into office with a financial situation that has impacted every American in the United States. In 2010, Mike Shanahan was hired as the Redskins Head Coach following 2 disappointing seasons with Jim Zorn as coach. Shanahan walked into a Redskins culture that had been known to be offseason champions by signing huge and often times bad contracts, by drafting horrible prospects and trading draft picks for underachieving players. Like President Obama, Mike Shanahan along with a new General Manager Bruce Allen was expected to bring change to our beloved Nation’s Capital.
Once President Obama wasted no time as Commander in Chief and promised free health care to all Americans. Shanahan on the other hand, had a defense that had been a top 10 defense the previous 3 years and hired Jim Haslett as Defensive Coordinator who converted to a 3-4 base front from a 4-3. That first season, the Redskins ranked 31 out of 32 teams in defense while President Obama is still dreaming of health care as legislators try to approve the dollars that will be used to finance the bill.
President Barack Obama has also spent the past 3 years trying to fix our economy, but it’s hard to erase the previous 8 years brought forth from the Bush administration and it’s even harder when you don’t have other lawmakers and politicians supporting you. Shanahan has spent 1.5 years in an organization that has a decade worth of bad business practices, so fans cannot expect change to happen within 2 seasons. The least we can do as fans is support our team. Unless you agreed with Rex Grossman that this team would win the NFC East, I feel like we are what we thought we were or at least should have been to start the season.
Whatever your business logic preference is; top-down or bottom-up organization structure, the Redskins organization has already started. They began by firing the entire coaching staff and GM Vinny Cerrato following the 2009 season. A whole new regime of experienced coaches arrived and by the start of the 2010 and 2011 season, the Redskins make up looked entirely different. We saw in the preseason and the 1st 4 games of the season the identity the coaches wants this Redskins team to have, but with key players going down with injuries, younger players not living up to their potential (Trent Williams) and poor QB play you get the product on the field that we have seen for much of the past 5 weeks.
So in conclusion, many think that President Obama deserves another term as President of the US. He has had just as many failures as he has had successes during his presidency, but still many want him back. I am here to say as a Redskins fan, I want Coach Shanahan back! One more year! One more year! One more year!
If former President George W. Bush can get a 2nd term following his 1st, then Shanny deserves on more season!