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Mike Shanahan is a future hall of fame coach, one of the only to win back-to-back Super Bowls, and the man who made John Elway, Champ Bailey, John Lynch, and many others.
If you were new to football in 2010, there is no way you could guess that unless someone told you, because Shanahan coached like a fool.
The Redskins brought him in to give a high profile, solid coaching boost to the team. This "great coach" announced his presence by creating an irreparable rift with the team's most expensive player. He then proceeded to hire his completely inept son as the offensive coordinator.
Later in the year, he decided to go head-to-head with the team's brand new veteran quarterback, Donovan McNabb. Benching him in the fourth quarter during a potential comeback situation against the lowly Lions was the first step towards disaster. Shanahan followed up by flip flopping on why he actually did it, first saying McNabb did not have the "cardiovascular endurance" for the two-minute drill, and then saying McNabb COULDN'T run the two-minute drill because he didn't know it. Each excuse was only more insulting to his star quarterback, especially since the real reason was that he didn't like McNabb.
It only got worse a few weeks later, when he benched McNabb altogether, sitting him down in favor of none other than Rex Grossman. Some might call it insanity, I call it sheer arrogance.
Thanks to Shanahan & Son, the Redskins now lose Donovan McNabb, Albert Haynesworth and a good chunk of confidence and stability.
Shanahan is a prime example of what happens when you are too egotistical to end your career at the right time. He should talk to Brett Favre.
Good luck, Redskin fans.