- Al Sharpton, Trayvon Martin’s parents rally against Fla. ‘stand your ground’ law
- Hillary Clinton campaign got illicit funds from D.C. scandal figure
- Obama administration backs off plan to cut prescription-drug program
- Tickets linked to stolen passports purchased by Iranian middleman
- More than 3,500 police planned for Boston Marathon
- Ottawa day care suspends 2-year-old for ‘outside’ cheese sandwich
- Liam Neeson tells NYC mayor to ‘man up’ in horse carriage fight
- Real-life Dr. Doolittle to reveal how to talk to animals
- Climate change could bring back smallpox, researchers say
- Shoe-bomb witness to speak from London at N.Y. trial
FENNO: No obvious answer for Redskins in determining Mike Shanahan’s fate
While the penalty is a legitimate obstacle, the Redskins haven’t compensated by developing a slew of bargain players. Even the Seahawks, owners of the NFL’s best record, start gunners on their punt unit who were undrafted and a sixth-round pick. Spurred by those two players, the unit has allowed 15 yards in punt returns all season. The Redskins allow an average of 15.9 yards per return.
But Shanahan has improved the roster’s talent, from mining Alfred Morris in the sixth round to developing receiver Leonard Hankerson. A third-round disappointment like Josh LeRibeus, little as the team can afford it after the four draft picks sent to the Rams in the Griffin trade, are an inevitable part of the NFL.
The catch is that Shanahan hasn’t done enough to warrant an extension, even if you buy the cap penalty as the main culprit behind this year’s disappointment. And attracting top-flight assistant coaches for the staff’s needed reshuffling would be difficult, if not impossible, without the security of an extension.
Would the hyper-competitive coach embrace the challenge of going all-in on one season?
Does Snyder have the patience to see through the rebuilding process Shanahan believed would take five years?
The questions extend to Griffin. The sometimes-strained relationship between the coach and quarterback over the past 11 months could go a long way toward determining Shanahan’s fate. Can they get along? How much say will Griffin have in the eventual decision?
There aren’t easy answers.
The on-field mess fuels the easy belief that dramatic, franchise-altering change is the lone solution to make all this better. But that change is fraught with as much risk, if not more, than maintaining continuity. The decision is as ugly as the season gone wrong.
Meanwhile, the dumpster fire smolders on.
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
- Declassified cables from Berlin Wall tell tale of drama, dare,
- Judge denies settlement motion in NFL concussion lawsuit
- Jay Gruden's long and winding road to Washington
- FENNO: Championship game provides an opportunity to listen to those who play
- FENNO: For Redskins, nonsensical is the new normal
Latest Blog Entries
By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
- Hillary Clinton campaign received funds from Jeffrey Thompson
- FCC targets black conservative in TV station fight
- Kim Jong-un calls for execution of 33 Christians
- Senate Democrats, Republicans spar over restoring unemployment benefits
- Unanimous Senate passes bill on military sex assault to give victims more say in prosecution
- Atheists sue to remove 'Ground Zero Cross' from 9/11 museum
- Sharyl Attkisson resigns from CBS after months of talks
- U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with 'Top Gun'-worthy stunt: 'You really ought to go home'
- DHS accused of holding U.S. citizen at airport, using emails to pry into her sex life
- George Zimmerman signs autographs at Orlando gun show
Pope Francis meets his 'mini-me'
Celebrity deaths in 2014
Winter storm hits states — again