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Has Mike Shanahan's power led to Redskins unraveling?

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07:34 AM ET 12.29 | Uneasy relationships, ill-fated decisions and lingering mistrust have left the Washington Redskins in ruins four years into Coach Mike Shanahan's tenure. Daniel Snyder and Mike Shanahan are deeply divided, and people in and around the organization are increasingly convinced that the two will part ways shortly after Sunday's game. The team remains in ruin, and perhaps at Shanahan's feet is greater destruction than what came before him. The roster needs an overhaul. There are suspicions inside the organization that Shanahan's son, Kyle, the offensive coordinator, is empowered because of his father and has used it to his advantage. his story is based on interviews with nearly 20 people inside the Redskins organization or close to it, who insisted on anonymity so they could speak more freely about the problems bedeviling the franchise. They suggest a root cause for the downfall lies with the very power Shanahan insisted on and Snyder granted him four years ago.

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December 29, 2013  07:41 AM ET

Shanny was given almost complete control over the team, including final say on personnel decisions.

Yeah, I'd say that kinda narrows down what the "root cause" of the problems might be.

December 29, 2013  08:22 AM ET

Four more years, four more years..........

December 29, 2013  08:34 AM ET

Hail to the Redskins!!

December 29, 2013  08:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Shanny was given almost complete control over the team, including final say on personnel decisions.Yeah, I'd say that kinda narrows down what the "root cause" of the problems might be.

DA BEARS!!

December 29, 2013  08:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

DA BEARS!!

HAIL TO THE REDSKINS!!!

December 29, 2013  08:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

HAIL TO THE REDSKINS!!!

Good luck today Mel.

Rodgers cleared to play. Could be bad, could be good, seeing how he's hasn't seen game action in over 2 months.

December 29, 2013  08:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Good luck today Mel. Rodgers cleared to play. Could be bad, could be good, seeing how he's hasn't seen game action in over 2 months.

Thanks hbomb.

A few folks seem to think Rodgers could play well because he looked good in practice; unfortunately, it takes more than scrimmaging in an indoor facility while wearing a red jersey to knock off the rust.

December 29, 2013  08:43 AM ET

Trading all those first round picks plus cap hell doomed the 'skins.

December 29, 2013  08:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Good luck today Mel. Rodgers cleared to play. Could be bad, could be good, seeing how he's hasn't seen game action in over 2 months.

And good luck to your Redskins today... hopefully the Shanahan era comes to a merciful close within the next 48 hours.

December 29, 2013  08:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Thanks hbomb.A few folks seem to think Rodgers could play well because he looked good in practice; unfortunately, it takes more than scrimmaging in an indoor facility while wearing a red jersey to knock off the rust.

Practice? You're talking about practice?




<flips quarter to AI>

December 29, 2013  08:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

And good luck to your Redskins today... hopefully the Shanahan era comes to a merciful close within the next 48 hours.

Hopefully there will be a housekeeping to include the owner.



<refills crack pipe>

December 29, 2013  08:55 AM ET

The good news is the Redskins and Eagles have started their rebuilds and will rule the division in the near future. The Giants need to start now! And the Cowboys, well they will never be relevant until JJ dies.

December 29, 2013  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Shanny was given almost complete control over the team, including final say on personnel decisions.Yeah, I'd say that kinda narrows down what the "root cause" of the problems might be.

Yet he had stories leaked that he didnt want RGIII but was forced to take him. I wonder if he realizes he cant have it both ways?

December 29, 2013  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Shanny was given almost complete control over the team, including final say on personnel decisions.Yeah, I'd say that kinda narrows down what the "root cause" of the problems might be.

Only he wasn't.

Because Dan Snyder forced the RGIII trade, which included giving up two future 1st round picks.

If the problem was the "power" given to Shanahan, then the problem is that said power is a lie and a joke.

December 29, 2013  08:57 AM ET

Could it be the Skins are just a 'bad team'.. and its not all Shanahan's fault??

December 29, 2013  09:00 AM ET

There are suspicions inside the organization that Shanahan's son, Kyle, the offensive coordinator, is empowered because of his father and has used it to his advantage.


Those suspicions aren't limited to the inside. Everyone knows little Shanny only got the job because of his father.

December 29, 2013  09:02 AM ET
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Could it be the Skins are just a 'bad team'.. and its not all Shanahan's fault??

The Skins are a bad team.



But a lot is due to the Coaching staff. A lot due to the Cap penalty hamstringing them.

As they used to say in Brooklyn, "wait 'til next year"

December 29, 2013  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Could it be the Skins are just a 'bad team'.. and its not all Shanahan's fault??

The Redskins don't look any different under the Shanahans than they did under head coach during the Dan Snyder era.

The real problem is definitely much higher up the ladder.

December 29, 2013  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

The Redskins don't look any different under any other the Shanahans than they did under head coach during the Dan Snyder era.The real problem is definitely much higher up the ladder.

any other*

 
December 29, 2013  09:05 AM ET
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any other*

Man... I'm tired, I can't even fix my own typos correctly.

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