A Coach fired off a horrible year is easy to target; I hope this post will provide context to the team that Shanahan inherited and the team we have now.
Shanahan inherited a mess. In 2009 (last year of Zorn), We had the 26th ranked offense in the league and the 18th ranked defense. The roster was also a mess with little talent and aging players. Most coaches inherit a few building blocks that they can use in their scheme. However our current roster has only 6 players left off that 2009 team. Here's some context: not one of the redskins draft picks from 2008 has been a regular starter on the team. Only Fred Davis and Rob Jackson have had any impact.
Our 2009 draft class was even worse, Brian Orakpo is the only player to still be on the roster. And while Shanahan's drafts haven't been perfect he has brought in the likes of Perry Riley, Trent Williams, Logan Paulsen, Kerrigan, J. Jenkins, Alfred Morris, Hankerson and Jordan Reed. The roster has been completely reshaped and might have been in better shape had it not been for a foolish trade for an aging McNabb. We will never know for sure who made that trade happen but we do know that it certainly fits the MO of our owner.
Free agency has also had a different feel to it with Shanahan. He has had his misses with Jammal Brown (trade), Josh Morgan and the horrible John Beck experiment, but overall he has brought in characters guys that work hard and perform: Pierre Garcon, Barry Coffield, Stephen Bown, and Josh Wilson. Not to mention our whole offensive line.
Lastly, the one role of Bruce Allen was managing our salary cap. His blunder as well as Snyder's stupidity of signing Haynesworth led to our ridiculous 36 million dollar cap hit. With the loss of the picks, in the Griffin trade, and the inability to sign quality free agents; the Shanahan era was hit with another significant blow.
I think my argument is sound and that every coach that attempts to right the ship will fail with Dan Snyder as our owner.