I normally don't take the time to respond, to a response of a fan post of mine. I will make this an exception to the rule. We all know about the power of the Shanahan zone blocking scheme. For those of you that don't, let me give you some numbers that this scheme helped produce. 95 T. Davis 1,117 yds, 96 T.D. 1,538 yds, 97 T.D. 1,538 yds,
98 T.D. 2,008 yds, 99 Olandis Gary 1,159 yds, 00 Mike Anderson 1,487 yds, 01 T. D. 701 yds 8 games played,
02 C. Portis 1,508 yds, 03 CP 1,591 yds, 04 Reuben Droughns 1,240 yds, 05 Mike Anderson 1,014 yds and Tatum Bell 921 yds, 06 Tatum Bell 1,025 yds, 07 Selvin Young 729 yds, 08 Peyton Hillis 343 yds, This is a average of 1,229 yards per season for the primary RB, even with the two bad years in 07 and 08. Compare Dallas 1,121 yds per season avg and Washington 1,171 yds per season avg for the primary RB on both teams, during the same time period. For most people that know a thing or two about football, we understand the value of a good position coach. We have a few starting with RB coach Bobby Turner. This guy has been coaching Rb's since 1975 at the college level and had been with the Broncos since 1995. So how many other Rb coach's have this kind of experience? What is the NFC known for running the ball and defense. It looks like our running game is covered.
Now lets take a look at our Defense. Jim Haslett is the D coordinator and some say he is average at best. Lets take a look at what he is working with. If you take a look at our Db's, if used properly we are good. The only question is the Free Safety position. We all know that Carlos is a solid cover corner if used properly and D. Hall is a interception machine when the Qb is under pressure. How will we provide more pressure on the Qb this year. How do the Steelers do it, year in and out? They do it by bringing Linebackers from everywhere. I have already talked about Lou Spanos, the former long time asst linebacker coach for the Steelers who is now with the Redskins. Maybe he will turn Orakpo into the James Harrison of two years ago? How about Chad Brown ? Maybe the next Greg Lloyd? Who knows I just know that Spanos was part of the Steeler Lb dynasty for the past 15 years. Who is to say that we can't have the same Lb dynasty in Washington?
Now lets go back to the Offensive side of the ball our OC is little Shanahan (Kyle) . We all know that the passing game of Houston was great last year. Matt Schaub only lead the league in passing with 4,770 yds. Before you say it, I know we don't have Andre Johnson. But we do have Santana, Cooley, Fred Davis, Devin Thomas, Malcolm Kelly, and Dennis Morris, out of the backfield to catch passes and Mcnabb to throw them. I would take our total receiving targets over Houstons. Now if we add our running game (Portis, Parker, L. Johnson, and Torain) in addition to the ZB Scheme we are better than average. We will be able to run. So we will also be able to pass thanks to the ZB scheme of Shanahan. It makes average O linemen look good, to at least proficient. By the way I did not forget Keenan Mccardell our new receivers coach. I would say after spending 17 years in the NFL, he knows a thing or two about receiving. So maybe some of you think that a good position coach does not matter? If you do, you are wrong. So to compare our coaching staff to others in the NFC is hilarious. Take a look at Andy Reed his days are numbered. The eagles Defense under Jimmy Johnson, and Donovan Mccnabb on Offense made that team a winner year in and out. Now one is dead, and the other is a Redskin. The key to winning and loosing in the NFL or any league is not just the head coach but the assistants as well. To say that we don't have some of the best is pure ignorance.
Now back to Kool- Aid drinking, any one ingredient in it by itself would not taste that well. But with all of them mixed together, it turns out to be a good drink. This kind of reminds me of our team. We might not have the very best player at any one position, but we have some good to decent players at most. Mix these players with the Good to solid coaches, and assistant coaches and we have a mighty tasty glass of Kool- Aid. For those that say their glass is half empty, mine is half full. I would be willing to fill yours up, as well as mine. Get in line and pick your favorite flavor, I am ready to pour.
For those that did not get the reference of Kool- Aid not just being for kids (Watch the Video Below ) .. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pe3Ms2ChVQM