Shanahan on Keith Burns: "Earn the right to be trusted."
Don’t look for the Redskins to make any major changes despite an ugly 1-4 start. Coach Mike Shanahan is taking a patient approach to the team’s issues.
“When you play as a unit, whether it’s offense, defense or special teams and they have success, everybody’s got to do their job, and if one guy is a little bit off, you look pretty average,” Shanahan said during his news conference on Monday. The question was specifically about the team’s special teams issues as that was the hot button issue after two big returns by the Cowboys on Sunday night. But all three phases of the game have struggled from time to time this year and his approach has been the same towards each one.
It certainly does not sound like Shanahan is contemplating any major personnel moves on or off the field.
“I’ve got a lot of belief in our coaches, a lot of belief in our players,” he said. “I know what we did last year on offense. We’re not quite there yet like we were last year. We’ve been moving the football but we haven’t been scoring points.”
That last statement was especially true against the Cowboys, when they racked up 433 yards of total offense but mustered only 16 points. Only once before in team history did the Redskins gain at least 430 yards while scoring 16 points or less.
The Redskins have had some difficult stretches during Shanahan’s time with the team including a stretch of eight losses in nine games following a 3-1 start in 2011 and then a 3-6 start last year. His approach was largely the same through both situations with no coaching changes being made and no major shakeups of player personnel with the exception of quarterback Rex Grossman being benched in favor of John Beck for three games in 2011.
Two years ago, the patient approach did not yield much in the way of results as the Redskins finished 5-11. A year ago the approach was good as the team won its last seven games in a row.
We will find out how staying the course works out this year as it looks like that is Shanahan’s plan.