It doesn’t matter if Robert Griffin III and Mike Shanahan can coexist or not — Shanahan has to go, and the sooner the better. Even if RGIII and Shanahan made up, became best friends and Griffin lobbied to keep him in town, he still needs to be fired.
The Washington Redskins were dominated by the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football, bringing their record to 3-8 on the season. The Redskins are at the bottom of a weak NFC East division, and the ugly loss against the 49ers was the final nail in the coffin for their playoff hopes. Even if Washington wins out, they can only get to 8-8, which regardless of their bad division; will not be enough to win it.
If 8-8 gets them to the top of the NFC East, then they will almost definitely be tied for the lead considering both the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles already have six wins and play each other again, which will put one of them at seven. On top of that, the Skins are 0-3 in the division, the Cowboys are 4-0, and the Eagles are 3-2, giving them virtually no chance at winning a tiebreaker.
It’s over, and there is no point in keeping Shanahan employed any longer. Riding Griffin and Alfred Morris’ explosive rookie seasons in 2012, Shanahan was able to lead the Skins to a surprising 10-6 record and a division crown, but now that party is over. The front office should not be swayed by it when considering whether or not to keep their head coach.
Washington is headed toward their third losing season in four years under Shanahan, and possibly their third last place finish in that time. That would be more losing seasons than he had in 14 years with the Denver Broncos. A bumpy relationship with their quarterback of the future certainly doesn’t help his case either. The Skins are finished and Shanahan has already proven he is not the man to turn the franchise around.