With another losing season, questions of leadership arise for the Redskins

After the Redskins fell to 3-10 this week at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs, questions about leadership on the team have once again begun to pop up. Photo: Mike Shanahan/ AP

WASHINGTON, December 9, 2013 — After the Redskins fell to 3-10 this week at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs, questions about leadership on the team have once again begun to pop up.

The obvious first question is about the future of Coach Mike Shanahan as a part of the Redskins organization. Shanahan is in his fifth year with the team and is struggling to find the kind of traction with this group of players that had so many in DC singing his praises least year.

On top of the obvious disappointment that a 3-10 season can bring to a football community is an article that ESPN ran on Sunday, just before kickoff time in Landover, stating that Coach Shanahan cleaned out his office last year after the regular season.

According to the article, Shanahan’s sudden urge to reorganize came as a reaction to an argument between he and Redskins owner Dan Snyder over the treatment of then-superstar-quarterback Robert Griffin III. And that was in a season when the ‘Skins were leading their division.

And speaking of leadership and RGIII, there is some talk that Sunday may bring the return of Kirk Cousins to the Redskins’ starting 11. Cousins is, of course, the Redskins’ backup quarterback who threw a great couple of games last year to keep the win streak going when Robert was out with his knee injury. According to Shanahan, if Robert does ride the bench this Sunday, he will likely be keeping Cousins’ seat warm for the rest of the season.

 


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