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Peter King's Shanahan Predictions


I seriously want this a-hole's job, who here doesn't realize these for things?

No way! Really PK he's going to bring in his son and a new DC? Shocking

Bring his son Kyle in to help develop the next Washington franchise quarterback. Can't see them keeping Jason Campbell, particularly when keeping him means investing in a new contract when he hasn't played well enough to deserve it. Look for the Shanahans to look hard at first-round passers (remember the stunner when they drafted Jay Cutler in 2006?) and particularly at an accurate intermediate thrower coming off elbow surgery, Sam Bradford. Kyle's like his dad, so he'll be looking at the entire field and not caring what the draftniks say. That's why it wouldn't surprise me to see the Redskins pick a quarterback down the line (Zac Robinson, Colt McCoy) and address a terrible offensive line in the first round.

Try to get another year out of Clinton Portis. The Redskins owe him a ton of money anyway, and he fits the one-cut, upfield running style Mike Shanahan will want. Plus, the Redskins have so many holes and can't fill them all in one year; it'll be better for Shanahan to plug this hole with vets and a couple of undrafted free-agents this year. Now, the question is, how much will Portis have left after missing the end of the season with post-concussion syndrome? And will Portis want to give it another try? My guess is Shanahan will persuade Portis to give it one more year. Don't forget: Portis played two seasons under Shanahan in Denver (2002-03).

Look for a defensive coordinator who will give the 3-4 a shot. Shanahan was thinking hard about the 3-4 when I saw him in at Steelers camp last summer. Though Cincinnati defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer will likely be available (the Bengals probably won't pay him Snyder money to be an assistant) and is experienced with the 3-4 from his Dallas days, I'm not sure Zimmer will be Shanahan's choice for coordinator. But Shanahan knows he wants to be much better at stopping the run in Washington than he was in Denver.

Expect the unexpected. Shanahan doesn't care what you or I think. He drafted Maurice Clarett in the third round, paid sick sums of money to unpopular free-agents who didn't pan out (particularly on defense), handed the reins of his offense to Brian Griese and Jake Plummer when they weren't the belles of the NFL ball. He'll make a few decisions, particularly in free-agency, that will make you scratch your head. But he'll be decisive, and at least on offense, will have a very good track record behind him. It'll be a fun off-season in Washington when he signs his contract.




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