Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan Should Fear Owner’s Vote of Confidence
by Jamison Koehler on August 5, 2012
It is such a Washington, D.C. phenomenon. You know a beleaguered Administration official is in big trouble the moment the President expresses his support. Nine times out of ten, it means that it is just a matter of time before that official is ushered out the door. Why is it that only fired officials feel the need to spend more time with their families?
Having lived in the area for a couple of years now, Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan must be aware of this phenomenon. And he can’t be feeling too good after reading this morning’s Washington Post headline: “Snyder Expresses Confidence in Shanahan.” After all, despite back-to-back losing seasons since Redskins’ owner Daniel Snyder hired Shanahan to turn around the team’s fortunes, it is not as though there has been a groundswell among Redskin fans for Shanahan’s ouster. That there is any question about Shanahan’s future with the team must be coming from Snyder himself.
Yes, yes, Snyder reassures himself. I was absolutely right in hiring Shanahan, and I am going to see this thing through. Yes, yes, he tells himself, assuming the drafting of Robert Griffin III does not turn out to have been the biggest trade bust since the Minnesota Vikings acquired Hershel Walker from the Cowboys. Yes, yes, he says, until Mike Shanahan decides he needs to spend more time with his family.