Washington Redskins Not so Bold Prediction: Mike Shanahan Will Not Be Fired

Josh McCainSenior Writer IAugust 17, 2011

ASHBURN, VA - JULY 29:  Anthony Armstrong #13 and head coach Mike Shanahan of the Washington Redskins talk during the first day of training camp at Redskins Park on July 29, 2011 in Ashburn, Virginia.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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Bleacher Report, listen, I love you.  You allow sports fans of all genres to come together and post their own articles on the web and discuss them.

That's great and God (or whatever deity your worship) bless you for that.

However, as a Redskins fan and someone who takes the NFL, as well as writing about it, seriously, I am sick and tired of seeing articles posted on an almost daily basis about coaches who are going to be fired after this season and they all include Mike Shanahan.

Granted, last season was not the season everyone envisioned since the team traded for Donovan McNabb.  However, the end result was probably close to what Shanahan and general manager Bruce Allen envisioned.

Why?  Because in the offseason, they gutted the team in order to have a ton of cap space for the 2011 season.

I'm sure they didn't really expect a playoff run since the majority of their free agent moves in 2010 weren't for superstars but merely role players.

Shanahan would have never said publicly that last season was phase one in the rebuilding process, but that is indeed what it was.

Sure the Redskins public relations machine was in full bore saying "The Future is Now" but in all honesty, that was to sell season tickets and nothing more.

The McNabb trade was a mistake and they moved on, so please everyone who thinks they know about it, just let it die.

The most refreshing thing about Shanahan was that he realized McNabb didn't fit in with what they were trying to do and instead of ignoring it, they simply moved on.

That's something this franchise really hasn't done in a while. 

Phase two of the rebuild began during the draft when the team didn't trade away picks, but traded back and turned seven picks into 11.

Phase two continued after the lockout was lifted and the Redskins parted ways with veterans like Philip Daniels and Andre Carter in order to get younger. 

Instead of chasing high priced free agents like Nnamdi Asomugha or Cullen Jenkins, they targeted young and up and coming players like cornerback Josh Wilson and young defensive linemen Barry Coifield and Stephen Bowen.

Granted, we've only seen one preseason game, but in that game the offensive line and the defense as a whole looked a lot better.

LANDOVER - SEPTEMBER 19:  Owner Daniel Snyder of the Washington Redskins walks the sidelines before the game against the Houston Texans at FedExField on September 19, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Texans defeated the Redskins 30-27 in overtime. (Photo b
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Will the Redskins win the NFC East like quarterback Rex Grossman and now wide-out Anthony Armstrong have predicted?

Probably not, but to everyone saying the Redskins will be a disaster this year, either you don't know football or haven't been paying attention to all of the moves the Redskins have made.

Pretty much everyone is basing their opinion on who is playing quarterback.

The spotty Rex Grossman or the virtually unseen John Beck.  Their reasoning is that the quarterback is the most important position on the field.

Granted, they're probably right on the quarterback being the most important position, but they are wrong to think that you need a future Hall of Famer back there in order to win.

Brad Johnson, Trent Dilfer and Eli Manning are among the more recent non-greats to win a Super Bowl. 

Shoot, Redskins fans could look at their own history to see you don't need a great quarterback in order to win it all.

Mark Rypien had a great season for the 'Skins but was far from a great quarterback and even Doug Williams was way past his prime in Super Bowl XXII.

The quarterback is important but there are 10 other guys on offense who help him win.

And my last reason for why Mike Shanahan will still have a job, no matter how the Redskins finish, is that Dan Snyder has taken a step back.

He let Allen and Shanahan stick to their plan to bring in young guys who will contribute.  Snyder has stepped aside and is allowing his football guys to do their jobs.

It seems that Snyder has finally gotten it and is allowing the rebuild, though the team won't call it that, to take place.  And that is the most encouraging thing this franchise has seen in nearly 20 years.


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