Mike Shanahan’s got 3 1/2 years left on his five-year deal with the Redskins, but his honeymoon around these parts appears over already.
Reporters aren’t willing to let him rest on the “Mastermind” laurels he earned when he staked his reputation on a John named Elway and not Beck.
Forget the anti-Shanahan rants that local columnists suddenly feel comfortable making on the public airwaves. Shanahan lately seems blindsided by ANY non-softballs he’s tossed at press conferences: Awesome nice guy and sports reporting prodigy Grant Paulsen had the coach looking dumbfounded just by politely requesting that Shanahan explain his refusal to characterize the rebuild of the Redskins as a rebuild of the Redskins.
Shanahan clearly expects more deference than he’s getting.
He’s not in Denver anymore. And while he may well be the best coach the Broncos ever had, turns out that around here he’s strictly middling.
In fact, through Sunday’s loss to San Francisco, if I’m crunching numbers correctly, Shanahan’s career record, even counting all those Elway-friendly pre-Washington postseason wins, now puts him as only the SIXTH most successful head coach to ever lead the Washington Redskins.
You can look it up!
Here’s the list, postseason included (all-time NFL rank in parentheses):
1. Vince Lombardi 105 wins, 35 losses, 6 ties, career winning percentage .740 (No. 1 all-time NFL)
2. George Allen 118-54-6 .684 (No. 3)
3.Ray Flaherty 82-41-5 .660 (No. 7)
4.Joe Gibbs 171-101 .629 (No. 10)
5. Marty Schottenheimer 205-139-1, .595 (No. 21)
6.Mike Shanahan 162-114 .587 (somewhere below Schottenheimer)
His career record simply as a Redskins coach, meanwhile, now sits at 9-15, a .375 clip.
That puts him not only far behind the five guys mentioned above, but in a dead heat for 13th best record of Redskins head coaches, alongside a pair of fellow .375ers: Jim Zorn and Steve Spurrier.
I really hope my calculator’s working. If so: Yeesh.