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Tim McDonald

Washington Redskins: Time to Fire Kyle Shanahan?

By November 18, 2013

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When an NFL quarterback tells the media, loudly and in no uncertain terms, that his opponent knows what play is coming, it's code talk for something else.

The play-calling and offensive game plan are dull, unimaginative and we're not going anywhere. Don't blame me.

That's what Robert Griffin III said after the Redskins' latest disappointment, a 24-16 loss to the division rival Philadelphia Eagles.

He said what was obvious to anyone who has watched any Redskin games since Griffin returned to the lineup this year after an injury.

The best adjective to describe Washington's play-calling is the worst adjective to use to describe an NFL offense: "Predictable."

It's hard to call predictable plays for an offense led by a versatile, multifaceted, explosive quarterback like Griffin, but Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is managing to do it.

Shanahan is, of course, the son of the Redskins' head coach, Mike Shanahan. There have been many cases of father-son nepotism in the NFL that resulted in embarrassment all around, but the younger Shanahan did have NFL experience before he was hired by his father.

Maybe this is a good time for some of that wise, fatherly counsel, though it might be too late since the Redskins are sitting at 3-7 and will miss the playoffs, barring a miracle.

But, something clearly must be done for the Redskins to catch back up with the rest of the league, if they are to have any hope of salvaging something from this season and give them something for the future.

Kyle Shanahan needs to get much better and imaginative with the play-calling. Either that or his father must fire him, demote him or take over the play-calling himself. He's done it before, with great success.

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