Mike Shanahan‘s future with the Washington Redskins remains on shaky ground. His team’s 34-27 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night hardly seals the end of his future in D.C., but if the Redskins can’t defeat the lowly Vikings even though the game was in Minnesota, they’re not going to win many of their remaining seven games.
Minnesota won just one game entering this contest and had five starters out of the lineup. Something like 6-10 looks likely for the Redskins; maybe 7-9, but definitely nothing better. They did win their last seven games of the season a year ago, but it’s not likely to happen again.
Quarterback Robert Griffin III and others like running back Aldred Morris are piling up the yards and making some plays, but the Redskins need to make more plays in the future, including on defense. That’s way too many points to allow a Viking team that can’t figure out who its quarterback will be each week.
Shanahan just can’t seem to get the defense playing good football each week. Against Minnesota, the defense didn’t force a punt in the second half and allowed four consecutive scoring drives. That can’t happen against a team like Minnesota, regardless of where the game is at.
The Redskins were hoping that the man who brought two Super Bowl titles to the Denver Broncos could work his magic with Washington. After four seasons, that hasn’t happened and the Redskins are likely not to try for a fifth season. They have too much talent to be a 3-6 team. Shanahan may not be to blame and perhaps isn’t the problem, but he’s not the solution right now.