The Skins lost 27-6 and now sit at 3-8.
They have a franchise QB. And a stud RB. And a workhorse WR. And a talented TE. And a stable OL. And a good set of LBs, especially OLBs. All of that adds up to 3 stinking wins.
Last year the Skins started 3-6. They got some breaks, played better and went on a 7-game win streak to finish 10-6. Their fans bought into them as a team on the rise.
* The Skins have the worst STs in the league.
* 2 of their 3 wins came at the end of the game. They could easily be 1-10.
* The defense has only held one team all year to less than 24 points and that was Matt Flynn’s version of the Raiders.
* The offense has gone down in scoring each of the last 3 weeks.
* They’ve only had one game all year without a turnover and that came against the hapless 2-8-1 Vikings.
And on and on and on.
The Skins have been looking for the next Joe Gibbs for 20 years. They thought they found their dream coach in 2002 when they hired Steve Spurrier. He went 7-9 and 5-11.
They replaced him with Gibbs. But not the great guy from the 80′s. They got NASCAR Gibbs. He had 2 winning seasons, but still finished 30-34 in 4 years. They did at least win a Wild Card game in 2005.
In 2010 Mike Shanahan came to town to save the Skins. He had a pair of Super Bowl rings from his days in Denver. He was a certified offensive guru and knew how to coach up QBs. Shanny is 24-35 in Washington. He’s won just under 41 percent of his games. The 2012 division title is a major anomaly right now.
The organization has no 1st round pick since they dealt it to the Rams in the RG3 trade.
So there is a big mess in D.C. And fixing it won’t be easy. Do they bring back Shanny? He and the star QB don’t seem to be best buds right now. Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett has to be fired. He’s been awful. STs coach Keith Burns should be fired. He’s put out an awful unit. You don’t know who to blame the offense on so that side of things is more complicated.
Starting over is easier said than done, but that might be what Dan Snyder does. I sure hope he keeps Shanny and the boys in place. If there is a change, who do you go get?
I wonder if Joe Gibbs wants a 3rd crack at coaching the Skins.
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I haven’t seen it yet, but apparently Donovan McNabb was ripping Shanny on FoxSports1. I’ll try to see if I can find that footage.