WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – It’s been only one month since the Redskins fired Mike Shanahan, and still he feels like a distant memory.
Even with all the mud slung in the final months of his four-year tenure – the accusations of meddling, that Dan Snyder had grown too close to Shanahan’s star quarterback, Robert Griffin III, a relationship which was undermining his authority to coach the team – it still feels like a quickly fleeting dream nightmare.
Retired linebacker Bill Romanowski doled out blame on Thursday, for his friend Mike Shanahan’s failed relationship with the Redskins franchise.
“I think the coach has got to have the hammer. I really do. And it’s gotta be a sledgehammer,” he told Lavar and Dukes on 106.7 The Fan. “And I think if there are players forming bonds and relationships with the owner, I think that sends the wrong message.”
“To me, there’s a gray area here, it’s not super clean and I think there’s a lot of people at fault,” Romanowski said. “Mike can’t take every bit of it. I think the players gotta take some, ownership has to take some, and for sure, Mike Shanahan has to take some.”
Romanowski couldn’t let Snyder off the hook that easily, however, and certainly not, once asked to mete out a percentage of blame to Griffin and Snyder.
“Ultimately I think the owner has to hold himself responsible,” Romanowski said. “Because he is the owner and he’s gotta make the moves and put the right people in place. So if I’m the owner, I come out and say, ‘We didn’t get it done. I’m responsible, and I’m gonna do the right things to get the team right.’”
“And I hope he learns from his mistakes that he has made over and over and over again,” he said. “But when you’re a billionaire, you have a big ass ego, and you’re like, ‘Hey, I’m gonna do it my way.’ If you like the result you’re getting, then keep doing it your way. If you don’t, you better change.”
Romanowski is consistent with this belief. Just a day earlier, he informed the Junkies of his belief it was a problem for the owner and quarterback were going out together, which undermined Shanahan’s ability of wield a “sledgehammer.”