Changes are coming to the Washington Redskins after the end of the regular season, the only question remaining is the magnitude of those changes. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport suggested this morning that offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan will be leaving after the end of this season to move his coaching career along and out of the shadows of his controversial father, Mike. The situation in Washington is toxic right now and if Kyle wants to continue his coaching career, this is a wise move.
Multiple reports in recent weeks have suggested that all of the current coaching staff could be gone after this season but Mike Shanahan’s future remains cloudy. According to SI.com, Redskins owner Daniel Snyder appears unwilling to pay the $13 million required to buyout Shanahan’s remaining contract.
Whether Snyder want’s to buyout the head coach or not, he might not have a choice. Mike Silver reported this morning that his sources are suggesting that Shanahan and QB Robert Griffin III do not speak to one another when they pass in the halls of the team’s facility.
The situation surrounding the Redskins has reached the critical mass point of dysfunctionality. Something has to change and perhaps that is what Shanahan realizes at this point. Sitting Griffin for the rest of the regular season had to tweak his boss and it appears he is coaching in order to try to get fired.
Unless there is some serious resolution to this situation, Washington can’t head into 2014 with Shanahan coaching as a lame duck and expect success on the field. Snyder should realize his error, get over his stubbornness and part ways with Shanahan before the 2014 season. It’s not working and it’s time for yet another head coach under the Snyder ownership tenure.