Where the Washington Redskins Stand After 12 Weeks

November 27, 2012 in Washington Redskins

By Staff Writer John Manuel:

How a few weeks have changed everything for the Washington Redskins.  A team that was just looking towards 2013 according to their head coach, is now right in the middle of a playoff race.  The Redskins are not only in the wild card race, but also in the division race if they can beat the Giants Monday night.

As for the wild card, wins over teams like Minnesota, New Orleans and Tampa Bay have them sitting in good shape.  Add to that a favorable closing schedule and the Skins have a chance to overtake the Seattle Seahawks for at least the second wild card.  Seattle's fate could be determined based on the status of the their two starting cornerbacks who face league suspensions for banned substances.  Unfortunately, the Skins know the feeling to lose key players so this could be crippling over the last month for Seattle.

Two weeks ago the biggest question facing the Redskins future was that of its head coach.  Mike Shanahan looked shaky to return in 2013 after a couple tough losses and even worse reactions to those loses.  Shanahan has been able to silent that talk with division wins over Philadelphia and Dallas and barring an unexpected collapse should be back.  I think the possibility of a Shanahan not returning next season now has to shift to Kyle.

With a high amount of NFL coaching turnover expected Kyle has to be in play for head coaching jobs come the offseason.  If will be interesting to see what happens here for Kyle and also the Redskins.  Would he be willing to leave Washington and lose the possibility of being the future head coach here?  Not many have turned down a chance to be a NFL head coach, but this may be one scenario where he wouldn't want to chance leaving a situation working with Robert Griffin III to go to a Carolina or Cleveland.  Would Dan Snyder pull a coach in waiting type situation here?  The Kyle Shanahan situation could be more interesting over the next season as well if Mack Brown retires or is forced out at Texas at some point.  You would have to think Texas would consider Kyle to come back there if they had an opening.  This is a real tricky situation where you have to weigh your father's future versus the opportunity to be a NFL head coach.  Kyle Shanahan leaving would be a big change for the Redskins organization.

Ten days ago I would have been open to the discussion of a regime change but then thought about it.  I am not thrilled with Mike Shanahan the personnel guy but if he was let go what would happen?  Bruce Allen would then have more say?  Which could mean the return of Dan Snyder the fantasy GM much like the Vinny days.  So lets hope Big Tan Mike can steer this team into the playoffs.

Although he has been even better than anticipated all season, Robert Griffin III has had a remarkable two week run since the Carolina loss.  Two weeks, 8 touchdown passes, 9 incompletions.  A stat line that is remarkable.  Griffin gives a team with a bad defense and average offensive talent a chance to win every week.  He has also limited the hits since the early season worries, which everyone can appreciate.

Griffin by the numbers should be considered a MVP candidate and the only thing holding him back is that he is on a 5-6 team.  But where would that team be without him?  0-11?  1-10?  2-9 maybe?  If the Skins can make a playoff run that RG3 has to be considered not only for rookie of the year but MVP as well.



  • http://fanspeak.com/members/willypops/ Willypops

    Good summing up of where the Redskins stand at this point. The discussion about what could happen with Kyle Shanahan is intriguing. However, I think the talk about Griffin being an MVP candidate is premature, and frankly, a bit of a stretch. And I realize that you are not the only one going there. In the Eagles game two weeks ago, except for the two long TD passes (one of which was more the result of Santana Moss' effort), I think Griffin's performance was not all that remarkable. In a few of the other Redskins games, Griffin was just above ordinary – which for most rookies is pretty good. Now if Griffin lights it up these last 5 games the way he did against Dallas, then I would agree that he should be in the MVP mix.. It"s going to be a crowded field though.

  • SkinsaneAsylum

    "I think the possibility of a Shanahan not returning next season now has to shift to Kyle."

    Why? Just because? Sounds good, lets fire Kyle for leading an offense with a rookie QB and a rookie RB, with brand new weapons on the outside to becoming the #1 rushing offense in the league. Kyle, if anything, deserves Offensive Coordinator of the Year consideration (if thats even an award). He has brand new pieces all over the place and all he did was use them to create one of the most explosive, yet balanced offenses in the league.

    But lets just fire him….


    • SkinsaneAsylum

      Sorry….I guess thats why people finish reading something before they react. My sincere apologies.

      • http://fanspeak.com/members/steveospeak/ Steve Shoup

        haha no worries

  • http://fanspeak.com/members/gms1006/ Gary Struble

    Kyle Shanahan will not be in consideration for any of this years coaching vacancies, that is a very imaginative stretch at best. The Redskins have been able to put together a two game win streak and will be lucky to squeak into the play-offs. The play calling was average if not a little less.
    Shanahan does deserve some credit for adjusting his previous anemic offense to fit RGIII but a lot of that is Griffin improvising to make something out of nothing.
    Don't get me wrong I'm hoping the Redskins Breeze into the play-offs by sweeping the five games and if the Redskins manage this then I think the answer to the RGIII as MVP question is a resounding yes but all we can do is wait and see (and pray)!!!
    Let's GO REDSKINS!!! HTTR!!!

  • http://improperredskin.com Mark Pierce

    I think the suggestion that coach Shanahan's job was ever in jeopardy as a result of the previous four games is somewhat spurious, to be kind. More likely the author is creating a false controversy to fill his otherwise rambling space. This is from someone who is " not too wild about Shanahan the personnel guy".

    As a longtime Redskins observer, I can promise you. Barring a disaster of unforseen magnitude, the coach is not leaving. We are right on schedule as a team, and it's a nice place to be.