The Washington Redskins are in exactly the same position they were a season ago – 3-6 and longshots to make the playoffs. This reality has some people talking about the future of Mike Shanahan. One such person, is former Redskins’ defensive back Fred Smoot. The now retired cornerback was on a DC radio show recently and had this to say about the Redskins’ head coach:
“If he loses this game, this is the end of the Red Lobster. I think you can put him in the broiler if he loses this game right here… With Shanahan right now, I think right now the game has just passed him. Like he’s not a bad coach, he’s a Super Bowl winning coach, but I just think right now, today’s athletes, and everything that goes on with today’s football, has just simply passed him.”
The game Smoot is talking about is talking about is Washington’s showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles this Sunday. The Redskins have a tough divisional road game in front of them and another loss, even in this year’s NFC East, would likely assure them of missing out on the postseason. But will a losing season or a non-playoff season spell the end of Shanahan’s tenure?
I believe Shanahan is safe for at least one more season. There are a lot bigger problems in Washington than the head coach. The Redskins’ secondary and special teams aren’t great, and the struggles of Robert Griffin III have been well documented all season long. I get Smoot’s stance that the game has passed Shanahan by, but I just don’t see it that way yet.