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Mike Shanahan has left the Redskins in a mess.
Keith Burns: F
Mike Shanahan's former player struggled to handle life at the deep end as a first-year coordinator for the Redskins. Keith Burns' special teams unit was an unmitigated disaster from start to finish, with accusations suggesting players simply didn't respond to his coaching.
Jim Haslett: D
Jim Haslett has not produced a solid defense in any of his four seasons in D.C. He has failed to maximize the talent at this disposal and sufficiently mask the weaknesses.
At times this season, Haslett has shown some creativity. He showed both the Cowboys and the Giants a lot of different looks and pressures.
But those tweaks came far too late in the day. Haslett has never achieved a balance between pressure and coverage, as well as solid fundamentals and schematic creativity.
Kyle Shanahan: D
Many of the same things that indict Haslett's stewardship of the defense apply to the way Kyle Shanahan has run the offense. There have been examples of tremendous daring and clever play design.
But those instances have been undermined by a dreadful lack of balance and a failure to stress the basics.
Mike Shanahan: F
The ultimate responsibility for the failure of the players and the assistant coaches belongs with Mike Shanahan. He inherited a team that had talent, but had been let down by coaching, and somehow made things worse. Now, thankfully, his time is reportedly almost up.
The root of the problem has been Shanahan's insistence on implementing ideas without the players to suit them. He scrapped the 4-3 defense when that unit was a strong point of the team.
But that decision is nothing compared to the mess he has made at quarterback. Donovan McNabb, Rex Grossman, John Beck, Griffin and Cousins have all seen time under center during the Shanahan era.
The procession of quarterbacks being sent to the bench has created a divided team, with many of the problems coming to a head this season. This roster is weighed down by players blaming one another and engaging in power struggles.
That reality is inevitable and tied to a head coach who has shifted the blame for failure every year since he arrived. This season has to be the final straw.