Shanahan on the outside looking in with the Redskins

By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: December 1st, 2013 at 11:49 pm EST

With the loss to the New York Giants, the Washington Redskins have been officially eliminated from playoff contention.

And while the team continues to struggle this season, and moved to a 3-9 on the season. They are presently on a three-game losing streak, and haven’t won since defeating the San Diego Chargers on November 3rd.

Mike Shanahan (Getty Images)

Mike Shanahan (Getty Images)

Yet, while the team sink deeper and deeper into a hole, the team appears like it has quit on head coach Mike Shanahan. And Shanahan and his son, Kyle Shanahan, the Redskins offensive coordinator, has not mixed well with Robert Griffin III this season.

The team rushed back Griffin for Week 1 of the season after shredding his knee in the January playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. And it has been clear that RGIII has not fully recovered from the injury.

He may not fully recover from his injury until the 2014 season. Yet, there are still a month full of games left, so the Redskins will have to stick with him, as he is injured, or go to Kirk Cousins, which Shanahan has struggled to do as of late.

While the team is not going to cut RGIII after his bad season, the likelihood is that Shanahan may have warned out his welcome in Washington, DC. The 61-year-old has been the Redskins head coach since the 2010 season.

Yet, the team has only played one playoff appearance under his tenure. That came last season, as they pulled a miracle to go on a win streak late to go 10-6 on the season.

In his first two seasons, Shanahan only had 11 wins to go with 21 losses. And as of late, he is 24-36 in his four seasons with the team.

If anybody can eat a $7 million dollar firing, it is Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. He once spent millions on over-aged athletes in Deion Sanders and Bruce Smith, before they retired.

Shanahan is making $7 million per season, and he’s the fourth highest paid coach. New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton makes $8 million per year, and New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid both make $7.5 million per year.

The team is presently 1st in rushing yards per game with a 151.5 average. However, they are 16th overall with 240.5 passing yards per game.

And with the Redskins offensive struggles, Shanahan’s name will continue to be on the hot seat before he gets his pink slip from Snyder after the season.

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