I try not to go off on Kyle Shanahan too often, as I feel that a lot of the time the criticism of him is unwarranted. After all, it's hard to execute a game plan when the offensive line is giving up plays and your receivers are dropping balls.
That being said, a week after I gave him credit for calling a great game (See? This is why you can never give the Redskins credit for anything!), the "Bad Kyle" was back in full force.
Despite the early success with using tight ends to move the ball, Fred Davis (who earned playing time versus the Titans) and Chris Cooley were totally silent for most of the second half.
As per usual, since the running game didn't run the first few times he tried it (see: the slide where I complained about James Davis being a fraud), Shanahan completely abandoned it in the second half, relying on Donovan McNabb to pass most of the time. Most times McNabb drops to pass, he's coming out from under center and rarely do we see the bootlegs, roll-outs and play action fakes that a Shanahan offense is supposed to be based on.
No, instead it's "Donovan comes out from under center, takes three steps, then gets sacked." How about going to shotgun formation for something OTHER than third down? Why not let McNabb get out of the pocket and throw on the move?
Or how about running that bootleg play to Fred Davis/Anthony Armstrong that ALWAYS seems to work, that pretty much everyone else in the league has copied because, well...IT WORKS?
I don't know what it is, but Shanahan seems unable or unwilling to change things up in the second half. He often leaves McNabb out there to dry.
He doesn't seem to understand that his lack of attention to the running game allows defenses to pin their ears' back and rush the quarterback at will, so they have nothing to worry about.
Even attempting to run the ball against that rush should've been a good idea. And if you're not going to run the ball, you have to get McNabb out of the pocket so he doesn't get sacked.
Shanahan is the single biggest reason I hope the Texans lose the rest of their games this season, so maybe Mike Shanahan will grab Gary Kubiak as his offensive coordinator instead.
Let's get it together, Kyle.