This upcoming season will mark Mike Shanahan's third year in D.C. The former two-time Super Bowl champion head coach hasn't exactly set the world on fire here with the Washington Redskins.
Certainly, it is not all Shanahan's fault for the team's performance the past two seasons. Anyone who inherits a team that was formerly coached by Jim Zorn with a roster assembled by Vinny Cerrato and had plays called by a former bingo caller will face a significant uphill battle.
To Shanahan's credit, he's turned over a lot of the roster, removed the prima donnas, injected a ton of youth into the team and has seemingly changed the course of the franchise. Putting the Donovan McNabb debacle aside, the Shanahan regime has made a habit of doing things the right way.
But now in his third season, Shanahan finds himself smack in the middle of his contractual tenure with the Redskins. He's made it through two season with a combined record of 11-21.
After this season, he will have two years remaining on his contract. With the blockbuster draft trade for Robert Griffin III, Shanahan and Bruce Allen have made it clear that the next three seasons will be nothing like the last two.
With so much optimism heading into this summer, there are three significant scheme changes Shanahan's staff can make to ensure that the team doesn't end up with another 5-11 season.