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Posted at 5:39 PM ET, 01/ 3/2011

Mike Shanahan is bringing back his staff

By Jason Reid

Barring the departure of assistants for positions elsewhere, Washington's coaching staff will return intact next season, Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday at Redskins Park.

"I'm gonna keep everybody," he said during his final scheduled media availability of the 2010 season. "You never know if some coaches, or assistant coaches, will have chances to be a head coach at the collegiate level. You really don't know, but I plan on keeping everybody."

Shanahan said he was pleased with the group's chemistry during his first season in Washington, and believes players made strides despite a 6-10 season. Washington finished last in the NFC East for the third consecutive season, but Shanahan is encouraged by the performance of the team's football coaches and the strength-and-conditioning and training staffs.

"It's a process putting your best unit together." Shanahan said. "It does take some time to evaluate, you know, who was the best, once you start practicing, once you start playing games. It's an ongoing process and we're getting better. But, obviously, not quite good enough this year."

It appears Shanahan will add at least one more coach to the staff.

Although offensive assistant Sean McVay is among the coaches Shanahan said he plans to bring back, McVay likely will not coach tight ends next season. He assumed position coach duties for the final four games after tight ends coach Jon Embree left to become the head coach at the University of Colorado on Dec. 6.

"I think Sean could fill the spot, but the chances are that I'll go in another direction," Shanahan said. "I think Sean does a great job helping at the quarterbacks and wide receiver positions.

"He's a young coach and I have a lot of confidence in the future. I'd like to keep him in that role because he does a good job. Chances are I will go in a different direction, but it's surely not based on Sean's ability. Just based on what I think is best for our organization."

As for the player-personnel staff, Shanahan said he does not envision "making any changes at this time." Scott Campbell, director of player personnel, was the top lieutenant to former Redskins executive vice president Vinny Cerrato. Morocco Brown, director of pro personnel, is considered a rising front-office official.

"Well, No. 1, that's my plan [to bring them back]," Shanahan said. "No. 2, if it wasn't my plan, I wouldn't be sharing it with you at this time, I would sit down and talk to them. So [it's] kinda an unfair question for me. But I don't" plan to make changes.

By Jason Reid  | January 3, 2011; 5:39 PM ET
Categories:  Mike Shanahan  
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Comments

k shanny to uconn or pitt would be nice or even to anywhere would be nice...

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | January 3, 2011 5:49 PM | Report abuse

k shanny to uconn or pitt would be nice or even to anywhere would be nice...

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett

Come on Jimmy. You're only saying that because you have no idea what you're talking about.

Posted by: mack1 | January 3, 2011 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Nothing like a story which ends with... 'but I might be lying'. Way to go, JR

Posted by: mattsoundworld | January 3, 2011 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Mike Shanahan is bringing back his staff

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; my rod and my staff they comfort me.

Posted by: ArcticCat | January 3, 2011 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Barring the departure of assistants for positions elsewhere, Washington's coaching staff will return intact next season,

That's interesting. I can't think of one person that would be "in demand" on this staff.

Posted by: dcwun | January 3, 2011 6:00 PM | Report abuse

k shanny to uconn or pitt would be nice or even to anywhere would be nice...

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | January 3, 2011 5:49 PM |

How strong is the correlation between the % content of brass in k shanny's balls and the fact that his old man is running the show? Anyone? Anyone? McNabb? Cooley?

Posted by: ArcticCat | January 3, 2011 6:02 PM | Report abuse

That's interesting. I can't think of one person that would be "in demand" on this staff.

Posted by: dcwun | January 3, 2011 6:00 PM |

Dude - the TE coach Embree became the HC at Colo. How much "in demand" do you want?

Posted by: ArcticCat | January 3, 2011 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Can't Believe It! Shanahan holds the players accountable, but not the coaches. What a double standard. How can you have the last ranked defense and keep everyone; makes no sense. Iknow the offense was pittiful, but I understand he can't fire his son. Here we go again. Several more years of bottom feeding. So Sad and disappointing.

Posted by: HelplessinDC | January 3, 2011 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Dude - the TE coach Embree became the HC at Colo. How much "in demand" do you want?

Posted by: ArcticCat | January 3, 2011

I believe John Embree is a CU alumni. He jumped off the ship before it completely sank. He was also coaching the only position on this team that is deep in talent.

I can't see Texas calling Lil' Shanny and offering him a OC position. I do believe that an opportunity may arise for Haslett to return to his alma mater of Indiana U. of Pennsylvania to take over that program though.

Posted by: dcwun | January 3, 2011 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Can't Believe It! Shanahan holds the players accountable, but not the coaches. What a double standard. How can you have the last ranked defense and keep everyone; makes no sense. Iknow the offense was pittiful, but I understand he can't fire his son. Here we go again. Several more years of bottom feeding. It would have been nice to see some improvement. Losing 7 of the last 9 games can not be considered improving. So Sad and disappointing.

Posted by: HelplessinDC | January 3, 2011 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Can't Believe It! Shanahan holds the players accountable, but not the coaches. What a double standard.

Posted by: HelplessinDC | January 3, 2011 6:16 PM


What are you, new? Have you watched Redskin football the last 10 years? Are you not aware that constant turnover in the staff has an adverse effect on your team?

Consider this: the Redskins fire Mike Nolan (30th defense) and bring in Ray Rhodes (5th defense). They keep Gregggg Williams for 4 years...in Year 3 his defense drops from 9th down to 31st. Sh*t happens, man. We had a new scheme, new players, and probably didn't have the RIGHT players for the scheme. Next year we'll add some of the right pieces...blowing it up now is ridiculous.

But they...don't let fact get in the way of a perfectly misguided rant...

Posted by: brownwood26 | January 3, 2011 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan during his press conference today stated he was satisfied with his defensive coaching staff since in 9 of the 16 games the opponent was held to 17 points or less. He then stated if you hold a team to 17 or less you should win those games. The logical follow-up question (which was not asked) should have been- Then are you dissatisfied with your Offensive Coordinator and staff. Of course, no one had the nerve to ask him the question.

Posted by: 4merskinsfan | January 3, 2011 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Jeez... at least get a new special teams coach! We haven't had a good kicking or punting game in years. Sure could use a punt block once in a while as well.

Posted by: Redskinrex | January 3, 2011 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Hastlett has to go. Look at his record as a defensive coordinator over the years. He's a disaster waiting to happen.

Posted by: dfoster1 | January 3, 2011 7:45 PM | Report abuse

How can he keep Haslett?? This guy is pathetic. Our D was last in the freaking league. That Philly blowout was ridiculous, and when they showed Has on the sideline he looked like he didn't even know where he was. He looked liked HE had a concussion. We're going to look at this again next year? Every 3rd and long D.Hall leaves his man wide open for a first down? I watched it all year. Pleeeeeeeeze. Bring in Wade Phillips. At least he can run a defense.

Posted by: Riggo2 | January 3, 2011 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Before we go ahead and throw dirt on Shannahan's grave, let's take a look at a couple of things. The talent level of this team is considerably below that of it's division rivals. You can thank Cerrato for that and some of the poor drafting by Gibbs. This team had a 2 game improvement this year playing a considerably stronger schedule. They had 12 games that were decided by 6 points or less this year, 9 games were decided by 3 points or less this year. 13 of their 16 games came down to the last 2 minutes, 10 were decided in the last minute, 7 of them on the last play and 4 of those in OT. This team was in need of a major overhaul in which we didn't have draft picks to do it all this year. Hate Shanahan for what? He's getting these guys to play and he's shaping an organization. It's not going to be done overnight. Any of you who thought this team was going to the playoffs this year have a serious problem when it comes to evaluating talent. The Skins have to overhaul at least 13 of the starting 22 before they can even get to the levels they were at in the 80's and early 90's. This is a 3-4 year process. I'll take the gains they had this year knowing that some of the garbage they had on the field this year will be gone. I can understand the fan's point when Snyder tried to buy a championship so you can everyone who screws up. They are rebuilding an organization. They haven't had to do anything like this since 1994. Everytime they tried to rebuild this thing since Snyder has owned the team, he went ahead and screwed things up by signing a new coach, a high priced player, trading draft picks, etc... This is the first time we actually have a GM in a decade. Gibbs was a good coach but he was a terrible shopper. We have another 2-3 years of this before this team is solid.

Posted by: JWPinCHI | January 3, 2011 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Hastlett has to go. Look at his record as a defensive coordinator over the years. He's a disaster waiting to happen.

Posted by: dfoster1 | January 3, 2011 8:06 PM | Report abuse

To brownwood26, My point was that Shanahan doesn't live by his own words. He wants to hold the players accountable and when they don't work out he said they won't be back. So why are all of the coaches safe? You definitely don't know what you're talking about. Please provide me some facts on why Haslett should keep his job? Did you see any improvement. How can you have Fletcher playing centerfield. Makes no sense. Are teams scared of the Skins defense? Does Haslett's D intimidate anyone? Please share some facts on why Haslett continue to lead the skins D.

Posted by: HelplessinDC | January 3, 2011 8:08 PM | Report abuse

GET A SPECIAL TEAMS COACH!

Posted by: dqhec | January 3, 2011 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Before we go ahead and throw dirt on Shannahan's grave, let's take a look at a couple of things. The talent level of this team is considerably below that of it's division rivals. You can thank Cerrato for that and some of the poor drafting by Gibbs. This team had a 2 game improvement this year playing a considerably stronger schedule. They had 12 games that were decided by 6 points or less this year, 9 games were decided by 3 points or less this year. 13 of their 16 games came down to the last 2 minutes, 10 were decided in the last minute, 7 of them on the last play and 4 of those in OT. This team was in need of a major overhaul in which we didn't have draft picks to do it all this year. Hate Shanahan for what? He's getting these guys to play and he's shaping an organization. It's not going to be done overnight. Any of you who thought this team was going to the playoffs this year have a serious problem when it comes to evaluating talent. The Skins have to overhaul at least 13 of the starting 22 before they can even get to the levels they were at in the 80's and early 90's. This is a 3-4 year process. I'll take the gains they had this year knowing that some of the garbage they had on the field this year will be gone. I can understand the fan's point when Snyder tried to buy a championship so you can everyone who screws up. They are rebuilding an organization. They haven't had to do anything like this since 1994. Everytime they tried to rebuild this thing since Snyder has owned the team, he went ahead and screwed things up by signing a new coach, a high priced player, trading draft picks, etc... This is the first time we actually have a GM in a decade. Gibbs was a good coach but he was a terrible shopper. We have another 2-3 years of this before this team is solid.

Posted by: JWPinCHI | January 3, 2011 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Nicely done there JWP. I never have the patentience to write out the FACTS cause of so many out of touch fans on this blog. The same as$ monkey fans that cry for stability are the same as$ monkeys that want to fire every coach after ONE season and start over. Thats the part of the fan base here and with every team that makes all of us look stupid. "Lil Shanny" as all the haters put it, is gonna do amazing things for this team, they just dont know it cause their to busy breaking their tv screens with cheap beer bottles or yelling and cursing and acting like complete disrespectful baboons in front of little kids and elder fans at the games. COMPLETE DBAGS!!!!!! Get a life you fn losers or better yet GET ANOTHER TEAM!!! WE TRUE FANS DONT NEED YOUR BOTTOM FEEDER WAYS!!! Anyway I gotta go cause i could go on and on and on and on. I dream of the old days: cool fun team loving respectful fans, who knew how to drink and have fun at the same time. oh man i really gotta go before i really say how i feel about a certain % of our current fan base. To all true Skins fans, HAVE A HAPPY AND HEALTY NEW YEAR!!!!

Posted by: SkinEm1 | January 3, 2011 9:02 PM | Report abuse

I feel for my fellow Redskin fans. We must keep the same coaches to provide stability. On D we didn't have the talent for the 3-4. But now the players have the concept down. Yes we do need players that fit the 3-4 scheme. We had 13 players on IR, NO QB (Grossman's not the one) we didn't even know the players names the last 3 games. Fans are fickle they flip flop all the time, Heck it's been so long since we had a winner the fans are desperate and I'm with them. But we have to keep our wits about ourselves and not give in to selling out for a victory. Let's stick to the script, relax and let Shanny do what he do. We have to give the guy a couple of drafts to get this thing turned around. There were 30 new players on the team this year. I figure a lot more new faces next year. If we can find a couple more Brandon Banks, Torain and others we can start to build something positive. We also had to wipe the salary cap clean and get dead money off the books, they had a bunch of crap to fix. I hope he can find some good FA and not overpay to fill holes. Let's face it, we are at a tipping point, either Shanny shapes us into a annual playoff team or into the old NO Saints (Archie Manning). I have to believe that we have no where to go but up.

Posted by: DB14 | January 3, 2011 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan should go. Well actually, Dan Snyder should go. As long as that mean spirited little creep is the owner the Skins will never win a thing. I wonder how many secretaries he'll fire this year. Guess well have to get a new PR head since Danny boy didn't get "good press" again this year. Note to Dan..you get better press than you deserve. You sure have made a hell of a lot of money though...what price to destroy the franchise we all love? You say you love them too...then for the love of god please sell them you've ruined them, YOU Dan, not Norv, Vinny, Steve, Marty, Jim, Kyle, Mike, Albert, Donovan or anyone else it was always YOU!

Posted by: pelkman19 | January 4, 2011 7:01 AM | Report abuse

What are you, new? Have you watched Redskin football the last 10 years? Are you not aware that constant turnover in the staff has an adverse effect on your team?

Consider this: the Redskins fire Mike Nolan (30th defense) and bring in Ray Rhodes (5th defense). They keep Gregggg Williams for 4 years...in Year 3 his defense drops from 9th down to 31st. Sh*t happens, man. We had a new scheme, new players, and probably didn't have the RIGHT players for the scheme. Next year we'll add some of the right pieces...blowing it up now is ridiculous.

But they...don't let fact get in the way of a perfectly misguided rant...

Posted by: brownwood26 | January 3, 2011 6:33 PM


I couldn't agree more Brown

Posted by: scottmando1 | January 4, 2011 7:04 AM | Report abuse

It nauseates me to watch people complain about Mike Shanahan and want him canned after 16 games.. You could have had a coaching staff compiled of Joe Gibss, Bill Parcells, Bill Belichik and every other great name coach this year and it wouldn't have changed the Redskins record in the midst of a transformation.

The Redskins schedule was significantly harder this year and they were STILL BETTER THAN LAST YEAR!! What don't you people get about that?? Im sorry but we are not the Patriots, Steeler or Colts right now and it won't happen by canning Mike Shanahan and moving on to who?? John Gruden? How is he gonna do anything better?

And stop bashing Kyle Shanahan. Is it just me or was I the only one watching the offense this year?? Did they not put up more points? Did they not have more big plays? Was the run game improved? I mean come on!! Until you all learn a little patience and realize that this is not Pee-Wee football and have a little faith in someone just go across town and jump on the Ravens bandwagon. I will be right here to laugh at you when you come back!

Posted by: jsw6380a | January 4, 2011 8:23 AM | Report abuse

There is absolutely no possibility of anyone on this coaching staff being recruited by another organization. Check that, perhaps Kevin Anderson over at MD would want someone.

Posted by: jmueller7 | January 4, 2011 9:38 AM | Report abuse

I don't understand it. Shanahan has demonstrated an inability to get it right when it comes to picking players ... starting with McNabb, running through a bunch of amount to nothing draft choices, and continuing with worn our receivers and running backs who weren't with the team at the end of the season. So now I'm supposed to believe he got his coach selections all right too?

Posted by: Rational_Man | January 4, 2011 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Its amazing that if Shanny were winning then people would be praising what he's doing. But because we had another losing season there are crys of oh he must go burn him at the stake. There were some improvements with things. They really need to get the personnel to run the 3-4 or they will have another terrible season no matter how much the offense improves. Now if they continue to stink after year 3 or so then hell I'll light the fire to burn the Shannys at the stake. Patience is a virtue that us fans need to practice

Posted by: lmof97 | January 4, 2011 9:47 AM | Report abuse

The entire staff is coming back. Beautiful. Another triumph in the relentless drive to 7-9 next season.

Posted by: randysbailin | January 4, 2011 10:05 AM | Report abuse

I'm dissappointd in this. I'll write about it in riggosrag.com, as I believe Jim Haslett made too many assumptions regarding the defense and see nothing that predicts he'll be more successful in 2011.

Posted by: JHG_sec405 | January 4, 2011 10:14 AM | Report abuse

There is absolutely no possibility of anyone on this coaching staff being recruited by another organization. Check that, perhaps Kevin Anderson over at MD would want someone.

Posted by: jmueller7

Did anyone happen to catch Anderson's introductory presser introducing Coach Edsell? Painfully Embarrassing for Terp Fans!

Kevin Anderson=Vincent Cerrato, Both could use an accelerated version of the remedial Toast Masters Club membership!

Posted by: Spanglerg | January 4, 2011 10:35 AM | Report abuse

I heartily second JWP's comment above. The 2010 Redskins were a considerable improvement over the 2009 Redskins. We had a lot of disappointing losses: they were disappointing because they were close, because we had our chances to win. That was not true about last year. Shanahan and his coaches got significantly improved performance from a team that is marked by its lack of talent. We are still a bad team. Our personnel needs are glaring. We the fans are not in a position to judge the performance of the coaches, including Haslett, until the talent base is drastically improved, and we all know that is going to take at least three years.

We have to think long term. Wanting immediate results, without regard for the future, is what got us into the mess to begin with.

And regarding the comment that Shanahan is not holding the coaches accountable, that's crock. Shanahan has been evaluating his coaches all year, just as he's been evaluating himself. It took a lot of balls for him to bench McNabb, thus finally admit, at least implicitly, that the trade was a blunder. A good coach knows when it's time to cut one's losses. Shanahan may be hard-assed. Public relations is not one of this strengths. But I'll be darned surprised if the Redskins is not a dramatically improved team in three years.

Posted by: tigana99 | January 4, 2011 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Tigana99 says:

I heartily second JWP's comment above. The 2010 Redskins were a considerable improvement over the 2009 Redskins. We had a lot of disappointing losses: they were disappointing because they were close, because we had our chances to win.
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True, but the Redskins also had their chances to lose. The Redskins did not win any game by seven points or more. They were 0-5 in games decided by seven or more points. This season could easily have been an utter disaster.

As for the assistant coaches, Shanny's comment saddens me. Of course he will not fire Boygenius, clear the plan is for kid to replace dad down the line. But I thought there was this weeks-long evaluation process of players and coaches. Doesn't it undercut all of that to know the coaches are all being retained?

Posted by: Nemo24601 | January 4, 2011 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Yes. Blame the cook for not cooking a perfect meal with rotten spoiled food.
Are you people insane? Shanahan and his coaching staff have had to deal with rotten and spoiled players bought by previous incompetent staffs. You can’t make a great apple pie with rotten apples. Shanahan is cleaning the place and throwing out the dirty water with the spoiled food. It is about time we got someone who could do it.

Posted by: hock1 | January 4, 2011 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, what a great coaching staff, let's keep them all. Kyle is just outstanding as an offensive co-ordinator. Well, maybe it's just that he is offensive period.

Danny Smith is just great with the special teams. In 2008, we ranked 23rd and, in 2009, we ranked 27th. The 2010 rankings are not out yet, but we are surely not highly ranked.

Haslett takes our defense from the top five to the bottom of the heap.

Yeah Mike, great staff, give them all raises!

Posted by: rpm2nite | January 4, 2011 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Graham GaNO-GOOD!

Posted by: jmueller7 | January 4, 2011 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I heartily second JWP's comment above. The 2010 Redskins were a considerable improvement over the 2009 Redskins.

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What? Man, I was watching the wrong games. That was an 0-16 team that lucked into winning 6 games.

Haslett took a defense that was Top 5, with 6 all pro's and 7 1st round picks and "coached" them to the league laughingstock.

6 All Pro's. 7 first round picks. Awful defense.

How much more evaluation of a coach needs to be done?

Posted by: jmueller7 | January 4, 2011 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe the Redskins is keeping that sorry a## Haslett (the worst defensive coordinator in the NFL). Of the 30 years I have been a Redskins fan, this defense was the worst I ever see. I disagree with Elroy saying the team will turn around, that will never happen. The Redskins organization does not know how to treat their players, if Moss had any sense, he get the hell away from this dysfunctional organization. Snyder needs to take some training course on how to run a NFL teams. Look at neighbor Baltimore Raven, Ozzie Newsome is doing one hell of a job running that organization. Does anybody know how many playoffs game the Raven miss in the last 10 years?

Posted by: mssassy | January 4, 2011 2:02 PM | Report abuse

The first thing that you have to understand when you talk about the Skins is that the talent level of this team is 4th out of 4 in their division. Sure, the Skins didn't win a game this year by more than 5 points, they played a lot of close games, they could have lost them all, they could have won them all. Surprise, they broke even on all 6-6 in games decided by 6 points or less. I'll take this one step further, if the Skins had seemingly won all the close games this year and lost the others, and finished 12-4 we would all be fooling ourselves that this team was somehow great. If Zorn had coached this team this season, the Skins might have ended up 2-14 or 1-15. Shanny got us 6 wins. Now the glass half empty crowd will be upset with that because it cost us draft position but who cares. The Patriots haven't drafted in the top 3 in more than a decade and they are good. How? Because they are constantly turning over their talent, something the Skins haven't done until this season and more is coming and more is needed because the Skins need talent. By my count, because of the nonsense of trying to win every year on the fly and not building a team up, the Skins could use a talent upgrade at 13 of the 22 starting positions. Offense - RT, RG, C (a must), LG, 2 RBs - 1 a change up back, a slot receiver unless they put Moss in the slot, then they need a WR. 7 total on Offense and that doesn't include the QB. On Defense it was obvious that they didn't have the talent for the 3-4 allignment. They need a NT, one 3-4 DL, OLB, ILB, and they should dump all their safeties except Landry because the others were terrible but they need a starting safety. 5 total on Defense. 13 total including the QB. This team also needs a new punter, place kicker and probably a LS. So when you look at it this way, and you want to hang the coach because he went 6-10, understand that he went 6-10 with a team that was defficient in almost 60% of the starting positions. That they played so many close games this year and that they played a tougher schedule than they had the previous year, I would say Shannahan's coaching was solid this year. Once he starts to stamp this team with his identity, 2-3 drafts, they are going to be solid.

Posted by: JWPinCHI | January 4, 2011 2:15 PM | Report abuse

So many lame, ill conceived comments here. please read comments by JWPinCHI, as he is one of a few that "get it". It is this notion of instant gratification in our country that causes young people (who know it all), to want instant success. It doesn't work that way and ShanAllen know that, so they really don't care what you think or say, they will do it their way and they will win. It might not happen next year either, but the skins will win their division again and it will happen under Shanahan. Snyder also knows that very few quality coaches in this league will work for him. He was lucky to get Shanahan, so there is ZERO chance he is fired in next 3 years. So please do us all a favor and go away as we need believers not arm chair QB’s that never once stepped on a football field!

Posted by: skins10 | January 4, 2011 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Intact? Yes, attached at the hips and on the same bus out of DC.

Posted by: v6this | January 4, 2011 4:54 PM | Report abuse

If Gano could hit a FG to save his life this team is 8-8 and we are having a much different conversation here. And stop with the Haslett bit saying that he ruined our D. Who cares about yrds against, it is about giving up pts and the Skins were not that bad. They also had twice as many forced turnovers and at least 3 TD's this year. We were in every game this season except 2, so if the D kept the game close, should the blame be on the offense?? Think people.

Posted by: skins10 | January 4, 2011 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Dear Skins10. You are an armchair QB as well. When you say something "will" happen you are speculating just like any other guy. So read the differing opinions and accept them for what they are, opinions. Those that you don't agree with are fans as well.

My opinion, agree with or not. Raheem Morris took an awful collection of people and made a 10 win team in 1 year. Good judgement and decision making can duplicate that success. Who will be next years Tampa?

Unfortunately, the current regime has not demonstrated good decision making and judgement. I HOPE they do better, but the history of the last 5 Shanahan seasons indicates the reverse will happen. His decisions this season alone in cutting Brandon Banks, Ryan Torain and Keiland Williams tell you what? How about getting fleeced by Andy Reid for 2 high draft picks we need. What does that tell you about his decision making? How about keeping Joey Galloway and Roydell Williams in lieu of a young, athletic player who excels on special teams? Or changing a defense with 6 All Pro's and 7 First Round draft choices so most play out of position. Good judgement? He keeps Graham Gano, who is the worst kicker in the NFL and has the worst deer in headlights look I have ever seen. Great decision?

Shanahan was hired on what he did many years ago. Many years. His recent history is atrocious. That is why he was FIRED in Denver. He didn't retire from Denver, he was told to hit the bricks because he was no longer winning. I would LOVE to see it turned around. But his Napoleonic behavior make it highly unlikely.

Shanahan brought in McNabb, who "used to be" good. McNabb is now likely gone. I'm hoping the coach is judged the same way should the 2011 season have similar results to this one.

My opinion.

Posted by: jmueller7 | January 4, 2011 5:12 PM | Report abuse

This is great! No coach, particularly the head coach, is held accountable for this disastrous season. I predicted six or seven wins. So the bottomline is not a surprise. But this regime is pathetic. As a veteran Redskin fan, I am willing to give this house of horrors one more year. But what bothers me is the way Shanny treated really good players like meatballs in public. Unbelievable. Who would want to play for this outfit? Really.

Posted by: royhobbs56 | January 4, 2011 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Mueller7, I am a skins fan living in Denver. I know the Shanhan saga better than anyone - you included. Yes, it is my opinion they will succeed under Shanahan, but having played the game and knowing how Shanahan operates it will take time to get his players and win. Yeah, he made some bad choices this year, but so do all coaches and human beings for that matter. Sure, everyone has their opinion and yes they are entitled to their opinion, but that doesn't mean I, or anyone else ought to respect what is posted here. It is far more complex than anyone could express in 3k characters and the only person that came close was JWPinCHI. The language in your post suggests nothing but another naysayer.

Posted by: skins10 | January 4, 2011 5:35 PM | Report abuse

To HelplessinDC.

I feel your pain re Haslett.

Posted by: ACounter | January 4, 2011 7:06 PM | Report abuse

You have got to be kidding! At least fire baby shanny and jim haslett!

Posted by: lacy41 | January 5, 2011 12:07 AM | Report abuse

"Shanahan said he was pleased with the group's chemistry during his first season in Washington, and believes players made strides despite a 6-10 season."

LMAO!

Posted by: lacy41 | January 5, 2011 12:09 AM | Report abuse

"Shanahan said he was pleased with the group's chemistry during his first season in Washington, and believes players made strides despite a 6-10 season."

LMAO!

Posted by: lacy41 | January 5, 2011 12:10 AM | Report abuse

HOORAY! I was terrified that we might lose the WORST offensive coordinator in the NFL....I assume every other team in the NFL was salivating over the opportunity get an assistant to rip apart and humiliate publicly their starting quarterback.I'm sure Kyle would say that.Brady has a "hitch" in his throw..Eli is too young and dumb...his brother too old and smart for his own good,etc...From where else could they get such crap!

Posted by: donthedean | January 5, 2011 4:58 PM | Report abuse

HOORAY! I was terrified that we might lose the WORST offensive coordinator in the NFL....I assume every other team in the NFL was salivating over the opportunity get an assistant to rip apart and humiliate publicly their starting quarterback.I'm sure Kyle would say that.Brady has a "hitch" in his throw..Eli is too young and dumb...his brother too old and smart for his own good,etc...From where else could they get such crap!

Posted by: donthedean | January 5, 2011 4:58 PM | Report abuse

HOORAY! I was terrified that we might lose the WORST offensive coordinator in the NFL....I assume every other team in the NFL was salivating over the opportunity get an assistant to rip apart and humiliate publicly their starting quarterback.I'm sure Kyle would say that.Brady has a "hitch" in his throw..Eli is too young and dumb...his brother too old and smart for his own good,etc...From where else could they get such crap!

Posted by: donthedean | January 5, 2011 4:59 PM | Report abuse

HOORAY! I was terrified that we might lose the WORST offensive coordinator in the NFL....I assume every other team in the NFL was salivating over the opportunity get an assistant to rip apart and humiliate publicly their starting quarterback.I'm sure Kyle would say that.Brady has a "hitch" in his throw..Eli is too young and dumb...his brother too old and smart for his own good,etc...From where else could they get such crap!

Posted by: donthedean | January 5, 2011 5:03 PM | Report abuse

HOORAY! I was terrified that we might lose the WORST offensive coordinator in the NFL....I assume every other team in the NFL was salivating over the opportunity get an assistant to rip apart and humiliate publicly their starting quarterback.I'm sure Kyle would say that.Brady has a "hitch" in his throw..Eli is too young and dumb...his brother too old and smart for his own good,etc...From where else could they get such crap!

Posted by: donthedean | January 5, 2011 5:03 PM | Report abuse

HOORAY! I was terrified that we might lose the WORST offensive coordinator in the NFL....I assume every other team in the NFL was salivating over the opportunity get an assistant to rip apart and humiliate publicly their starting quarterback.I'm sure Kyle would say that.Brady has a "hitch" in his throw..Eli is too young and dumb...his brother too old and smart for his own good,etc...From where else could they get such crap!

Posted by: donthedean | January 5, 2011 5:03 PM | Report abuse

HOORAY! I was terrified that we might lose the WORST offensive coordinator in the NFL....I assume every other team in the NFL was salivating over the opportunity get an assistant to rip apart and humiliate publicly their starting quarterback.I'm sure Kyle would say that.Brady has a "hitch" in his throw..Eli is too young and dumb...his brother too old and smart for his own good,etc...From where else could they get such crap!

Posted by: donthedean | January 5, 2011 5:03 PM | Report abuse

HOORAY! I was terrified that we might lose the WORST offensive coordinator in the NFL....I assume every other team in the NFL was salivating over the opportunity get an assistant to rip apart and humiliate publicly their starting quarterback.I'm sure Kyle would say that.Brady has a "hitch" in his throw..Eli is too young and dumb...his brother too old and smart for his own good,etc...From where else could they get such crap!

Posted by: donthedean | January 5, 2011 5:03 PM | Report abuse

HOORAY! I was terrified that we might lose the WORST offensive coordinator in the NFL....I assume every other team in the NFL was salivating over the opportunity get an assistant to rip apart and humiliate publicly their starting quarterback.I'm sure Kyle would say that.Brady has a "hitch" in his throw..Eli is too young and dumb...his brother too old and smart for his own good,etc...From where else could they get such crap!

Posted by: donthedean | January 5, 2011 5:03 PM | Report abuse

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