It looks like coaching change is on the way for the Redskins. The reason on the surface is the complex relationship between Mike Shanahan, Dan Snyder, and Robert Griffin III.
But that is just a surface issue. The real problem that is likely to cost Mike Shanahan his job is the fact that in Year 4 of his coaching tenure the Redskins are one of the worst teams in the NFL.
There are issues on offense, defense, and special teams. And there will be plenty of time to delve into each of those areas in detail when the season is over. But let’s take a quick look at the bottom line—point scored and given up.
The Redskins have been outscored by 128 points this season, a margin of 9.8 points per game. Only the Jacksonville Jaguars have been outscored by more points (171) and they have a better record.
They haven’t been very good scoring points (279, 21.5/game, 23rd in the NFL). But where they have had major issues giving up points. They have given up 407 points (31.3/game), worst in the NFL.
It should be noted that points allowed is not all on the defense. As we saw against the Chiefs yesterday special teams have a good amount of responsibility as well. And the Redskins offense not operating at anywhere near peak efficiency is not helping field position. Neither are the 22 turnovers.
If it doesn’t improve in the final three games, their point differential will be the team’s worst since the 1970 merger. Things were supposed to be much better now than they were under Jim Zorn, Shanahan’s predecessor. But in his two seasons the Redskins were outscored by 31 and 70 points (h/t @nathanfenno). You can do the math and compare it to this year’s performance
Whether the fault lies with offense, defense, or special teams it’s all the responsibility of Mike Shanahan. He said to blame him for yesterday:
I take full responsibility for this game today. I didn’t have the players ready to play. I thought they were ready to play. We did, obviously, horrendous on special teams. We gave up big play after big play. We didn’t tackle like we normally tackle on defense. Offensively, we did a couple of good things, [but] couldn’t get anything going in the second half. I will put that all on me.”
We will see if he will be held responsible for this entire season gone wrong.