The biggest reason for the complete failure of the 2009 Washington Redskins wasn't because the offensive line was terrible. It wasn't because the quarterback was too indecisive. It wasn't because the defense surrendered too many big plays. It wasn't because of injuries.
It was because of a lack of leadership.
Jim Zorn was not a leader, and he could not control his team. He could not inspire his players, and his players didn't believe in him.
In Mike Shanahan, the Redskins now have a proven leader. He has a commanding presence, and he has made it know from day one that HE is in complete control of his team. He doesn't tolerate players that don't play to their full potential, and he demands hard work from all of them. He inspires his players to be winners, and he encourages competition at every position.
Mike Shanahan knows exactly how an NFL team must be run in order to be successful. Already, he has completely changed the culture of the organization and set it on the path toward the upper echelon of franchises.