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Mike Shanahan's time in charge could be running out.
Mike Shanahan is quickly running out of supporters. A seventh loss of the season featured the same failings that have plagued his Redskins teams for the last four years.
A weak defense, an inconsistent passing game, dire special teams play and a lack of discipline have become all too familiar to Redskins fans.
Those who have grown tired of the ineptitude are making themselves heard, according to The Washington Post's Mark Maske:
The conversation about job security extended beyond Shanahan, however, as the Redskins were in the process of falling behind 24-0 on Sunday. Fans took to social media to call for the ouster of Shanahan’s top coaching lieutenants, particularly defensive coordinator Jim Haslett. There was speculation, even on the team’s own radio broadcast, that Shanahan perhaps should change quarterbacks and bench Robert Griffin III, last season’s NFL offensive rookie of the year, in favor of backup Kirk Cousins.
It's hard to argue with a lot of of the complaints. Coordinators Kyle Shanahan and Haslett could both do more to put their players in better positions to win.
The younger Shanahan is very creative, but there is no coherence or pattern to his play-calling. By contrast, Haslett is not expansive enough with his schemes and personnel.
The failings of his defense took a run-first offensive approach away from the Shanahans in Philadelphia.
Ultimately, though, the burden of responsibility for a team's failures belongs with the head coach, as The Post's Jason Reid notes:
No matter how much relevant information is offered in support of Shanahan, however, it’s difficult to imagine any NFL coach would be permitted to return for the final year of his contract, let alone receive an extension, if the team he has led for four years continues to play as poorly as the Redskins did in Sunday’s 24-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Hoping to remain in contention in the NFC East, the Redskins appeared to sleepwalk through most of an alarming performance against the division-leading Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.
The Redskins (3-7) struggled on offense and defense while falling behind by 24 points in the third quarter. But what should be most troubling for Shanahan — and owner Daniel Snyder — is that the Redskins came out flat in a must-win game that could have pulled them closer to the Eagles (6-5). Even in one of the league’s worst divisions, the Redskins cannot expect to salvage their season if they’re listless against a divisional rival.
If Shanahan can't keep his struggling team at least motivated to play hard, this season will turn as ugly as some of the Redskins worst-ever years.