It didn’t take long, just a matter of hours, before Mike Shanahan was sent packing, dragging his golden parachute behind as he left Washington.
But then something funny happened, Bruce Allen assumed the mantle of traditional GM, conducted a coaching search, and landed a young up and coming coordinator to take the helm at Redskins Park.
Now that’s different.
This week the boys break down the end of the Shanahan era in D.C. They assess the new head coach Jay Gruden and wonder if this hire was telegraphed.
Then there’s the players. This offseason is one of the most important ones in years for the Redskins. With all the needs, the team cannot afford to get it wrong. The boys identify the holes and discuss the likelihood of key players such as Brian Orakpo and DeAngelo Hall staying in Washington.
The Redskins trotted out a new quarterback, and achieved the same results; losing their sixth straight game, this time to the Falcons.
But this game was different. Kirk Cousins had flashes of real effectiveness with the offense, and at times you thought; ‘this is how it is supposed to look.’
This week the boys break down Cousins’ performance. They look at what he did well, and not so well. Coach-watch is underway, and the boys look at the chances of a Mike Shanahan return.
By the way; it’s Dallas week.
Wednesday’s Mike Shanahan press conference was one of the most fascinating events in recent Redskins history. The current situation presents so many compelling subplots, we hardly know where to begin.
The conventional wisdom is Shanahan will soon be gone, dismissed by Daniel Snyder. But on the way out a story was leaked saying Shanahan wanted to quit at the end of last year because of Snyder’s favoritism towards Robert Griffin III. Further, Shanahan has benched Griffin in favor of Kirk Cousins starting the rest of the year. Shanahan claims it is to protect Griffin, but what will this say about Griffin if Cousins is successful? And what of the news that Snyder and general manager Bruce Allen were briefed in advance on the benching of Griffin? Does that change the subplot?
This week the boys do their best to deconstruct current events. They ask the tough questions about Shanahan’s motives and Griffin’s development; and what these mean for the future. And is that Pappas sticking up for Dan Snyder?
Note: A lot of emotion in this week’s episode, which brings some salty language and strong opinions, which do not necessarily reflect those of the show.
If this team doesn’t start winning games soon they could be the worst team in 20 seasons. And this among 20 seasons of bad football in Washington.
This week the boys discuss how epically bad this team is right now. From the offense, to the defense and special teams, the play-calling and the coaching – nothing seems to be going right.
They look into their crystal ball at the road ahead and examine the subplots around this horrible season of Redskins’ football.