After finishing 3-13, the Washington Redskins worst record since the 1994 season. The front office began to make changes to not only get more wins on their record but change the culture of the team. The first change was made when head coach Mike Shanahan was fired after four seasons with a 24-40 record. Shanahan not only held the title of head coach, but also Vice President of Football Operations, giving him final say in matters involving player personnel.
The firing of Mike Shanahan was just the latest culture transformation in Washington. D.C. since Daniel Snyder took over ownership of the Redskins in July 1999. The Redskins, in the last 15 seasons, have compiled a record of 104-136, with seven different head coaches during that time span and only four playoff appearances to show for it.
On Jan. 9, 2014 Jay Gruden was hired as head coach of the Washington Redskins, the 47-year-old first-time head coach had spent the last three years as offensive coordinator in Cincinnati. General Manager Bruce Allen announced he would be taking control of player personnel now that Mike Shanahan had been relieved of his duties. The hope for many in Washington is that now with coach and management separated, the proper steps will be taken and the Redskins can sustain success.
This year’s off-season is providing a glimpse of what many Washington fans hope are for years to come. The Redskins have resigned key in-house players, and not overspent on big name free agents as they have in years past. But the true test of a culture change in Washington will come when the adversity of the regular season strikes. The Redskins are almost always winners of the off-season but rarely when the games count.