This morning, the Washington Redskins did what was expected of them and fired head coach Mike Shanahan along with members of his staff. When the Redskins hit the road looking for their next head coach, they should stay away from coaches that have ties to the franchise. Owner Dan Snyder is known to be loyal to the franchise and its associates, and he can’t do that this time around.
Washington needs a fresh mindset in and around the locker room. While they do need a change at head coach, they also need a culture change around the locker room and around the organization. Currently, it is a very toxic culture and it’s nearly impossible to win games when you have the kind of atmosphere that they do.
History tells us why it’s a bad idea to bring in a coach with previous ties. When Washington hired Joe Gibbs, he did lead them to two playoff appearances, but eventually everything fell apart because he was outdated. He tried to return the Redskins to how they were in the 1980s when he coached them, and that was the exact opposite of what needed to happen.
A few years ago, the Redskins hired Bruce Allen to be the GM and Snyder himself said he brought in Allen because of his ties to the franchise. In no way was Allen beneficial to the product on the field. He’s a businessman, not a football man.
With this philosophy, you can also eliminate Arizona Cardinals assistant Russ Grimm, someone that CSN Washington tabbed on Sunday night as a possibility. A former “Hog,” Grimm played for the Redskins from 1981 to 1991. While hiring him would be fun and full of nostalgia, it would not be a good idea. A repeat of the Gibbs era is not an unrealistic vision, and nobody wants to go down that road again.
By going with this thinking, you can also eliminate finding a head coach by promoting from within — sorry, Raheem Morris.
If Dan Snyder really wants to right the ship, he’ll need to clean house and find coaches and a GM that have no ties to the franchise. Realistically, he needs to sell the ship. This team needs a complete makeover mentally, and the only way to do that is to bring in a coaching staff that is completely new to the Redskins.