Today, on the Bold and the Burgundy: a popular Redskins Hall of Famer believes the current Redskins coach should not return next season, while publicly lobbying for a role in the new administration.
“These guys are coming in here with their kids, hiring them, everybody’s making millions and having fun, but nobody’s really winning,” Green said over the weekend on SiriusXM NFL Radio with Dan Koppen and Zig Fracassi. (Audio here.) “And so, it is frustrating for us. We’ve been losing 20 years here, and we were a team used to winning. And it’s not the owner, because the owner’s not playing and the owner’s not coaching. It’s very frustrating. And I put the onus right where it belongs. [Mike Shanahan] said last week, I take the blame, I didn’t have them ready to play. Well you know what, you’re supposed to have them ready to play, and that goes for anybody.”
Then Green was asked whether he believes Mike Shanahan should or will be back in 2014.
“I don’t think he should be, I don’t think he will be,” Green said. “Obviously I don’t run the team. I’m not even involved with them. But based on the way it is, I think he probably will be gone. And if he’s not, they’ll have to work through that. But I’d like to see them start over. It’s just not a good situation for the future of the team.”
And yet, Green remains very optimistic.
“I’m very optimistic about the potential for this team to be changed,” he said, proving my point. “People can only go down so far, particularly when you have a guy who was a self-made millionaire, billionaire in Dan Snyder. This guy is not about losing. He’s about winning, and it’s a matter of time. He’s going to get the formula in place with the right people, and this thing is going to come around. Shoot, I wouldn’t even mind being a part of it myself, and I guess it’s because the last three games I’ve gone to. I hadn’t gone to three games since I retired, but I’ve gone to about three or four games this year, and it’s kind of gotten back in my blood, made me more disappointed but more excited about what could potentially be. I’ve got some opinions about what I see. And I certainly don’t think I know everything, and I may be wrong in what I’m saying, but this is the way I see it.”
So what role would he want?
“I’d like to be somewhere where some decision-making is taking place, primarily as it relates to personnel,” Green said. “You know, I could obviously always coach the secondary, but that would probably be my last choice. I don’t believe you need to bring these coaches who have been around forever and recycle them and give them $25, $30 million, and they come in here and just enjoy it and then fly off to retirement. I’m not against them personally, but I think there’s some young people out here — even some of our ex-players that are coaching — that can come in here, who won’t cost you $7 million, who will have the heartbeat of the team and of the city and have the passion and the leadership and the experience. And I’d like to be part of that. That would be fun, and then win a championship. That would be awesome.”