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There is a sort of beauty in destruction, isn’t there? The disconnect between Snyder and Shanahan became quite visible in the last couple of months of the season, although there had been glimpses of a divide at times before.
Shanahan was apparently unhappy with the special treatment that RG3 received because of and from Snyder and was ready to leave the team at the end of the 2012 season, even before Griffin III’s injury. But he stayed because he didn’t want it to seem that Griffin's injury was the reason for his departure.
This news came out later in the 2013 season, almost a year after it initially happened, and only added to the dumpster fire that the franchise had become. Once it was clear that Shanahan would be chopped at the end of the season, it dragged whatever soul was left in the team into the gutter.
One could argue that Shanahan and the rest of his staff stopped putting forth their best effort towards the end of the season, but it wasn’t like the players were doing a great job either.
As I mentioned earlier, there is beauty in destruction—and there aren’t many teams hurting more than the Redskins right now. Although they’ll be without a first-rounder this year because of the trade to acquire the rights to RG3, they will have much more cap room to work with, which will allow them to bring in new, better players through free agency and the draft.
Things couldn’t get much worse than they already were, and now they get a chance to start over. I’ve mentioned before that they’re already ahead of the curve when it comes to rebuilding because they do have several good pieces in place—they just need direction.
Washington may have had a rather somber end to their 2013 season, but just as the phoenix rises, so can the Redskins.