I'm tired of everyone hating on Mike and Kyle Shanahan over the last two years
.This post might have been better suited for a time during the middle of the season but I felt compelled to write about it since my friend (Eagles fan) was recently telling me about how much of an idiot the Shanahans are, the media trashing our draft approach, and Donovan McNabb saying RGIII won't work with us.
I am going to kind of be all over the place so please bear with me.
Its like Mike has gone from being an offensive guru to being a stubborn washed up ego-maniac and Kyle has gone from being one of the best offensive coordinators in the league to being the worst play caller since Jim Zorn.
Other than the McNabb trade all Shanahan has done is put us in a position to succeed in the future. Look what they inherited: The oldest team in the league, no quarterback, bad contracts (no cap room), no home grown talent, no draft picks,bad character players,Haynesworth, and years of disappointment.
Remember when the Dolphins went 1-15 and then they hired Parcell who turned them around to 11-5 the very next year and the Falcons who did practically the same thing with Mike Smith as coach. These teams were in way better shape then the Skins despite their abysmal records. Both of them still had plenty of cap room, draft picks, and home grown players. All they needed was someone to come in, draft well, and get a decent quarterback.
Our situation was way worse. The situation Bruce Allen and Shanahan had to fix was similar to that of the Knicks after Isiah Thomas was G.M. There was no way they could have turned it around any faster than they did
We went under a complete rebuilding mode. We literary have almost changed every player and coach on the team. But everyone who isn't a Skins fan doesn't realize this because unlike the Wizards and most rebuilding teams, the Redskins never actually used the words rebuilding.
For instance, last year everyone made fun of us for the Grossman-Beck Quarterback battle. Well I've got news for you, winning wasn't part of the plan last year. And by no means am I saying that we were trying to tank the season for Andrew Luck. Sure Shanahan talked Beck and Grossman up like they were going to be Pro-bowlers but what kind of coach would he be for not giving his players confidence.
It's amazing when you think about it that we even won five games last year with as little talent we had. It shows that the core of our team is actually pretty decent after Shanahan's drafting and free agent pick ups.
There is no point on rushing to get a franchise quarterback. A good quarterback instantly makes your team good and a bad one does the exact opposite so you better take your time and make sure that when you draft or sign one that he actually is good. The free agent options last year were pitiful. All would have been stop gap quarterbacks at most. And the only quarterback worth drafting that we could have gotten was Andy Dalton. And his ceiling isn't even that high.
Then everyone criticizes Kyle Shanahan for his play calling. News flash, it doesn't matter what plays you call with Grossman or Beck, the offense is still going to struggle. Also there were no playmakers on the team. When Kyle Shanahan was with the Texans they routinely had one of the top offenses in the league and Mike Shanahan routinely had a good offense for the Broncos. You think that all of a sudden they just forgot how to call plays. No, they just had no talent to work with. They couldn't even run all the plays they wanted to with these guys. With Grossman he couldn't run bootlegs and Beck he couldn't throw deep (both are huge in the Shanahan offense).
Yr. Rush. Pass. Tot. off.
1995 5 7 3
1996 1 13 1
1997 4 9 1
1998 2 7 3
1999 12 15 14
2000 3 3 2
2001 10 25 22
2002 5 8 3
2003 2 22 7
2004 4 6 5
2005 2 18 5
2006 8 25 21
2007 9 13 11
2008 12 3 2
*And the Texans offense ranked 4th with Kyle Shanahan as the OC
And as for the team having no play makers, that is because they are obviously following a plan. He's building a team identity. And he's doing it by adding hard working players with heart and leadership as opposed to athletic freaks who don't always work hard. Notice how everyone he drafts was a team captain. When rebuilding you draft a core of hard workers with leadership and then you sprinkle the talented play makers on top.
This year the opportunity presented it for them to get a true franchise quarterback. And they took advantage of it. Franchise quarterbacks are priceless so I don't want to here about how we gave up too much. And people need to stop complaining about our draft picks this year because if anyone knows Shanny's zone blocking scheme it Shanny so don't question whether there were better offensive lineman on the board.
Idiots like McNabb say that Shanahan has to big of an ego to groom RGIII. That is the dumbest statement I've ever heard. He's worked with Steve Young, Elway, Jake Plummer, and Jay Cutler. He even coached Brian Griese to a pro-bowl. The dude knows how to handle quarterbacks. Honestly, other than Bellichek there isn't another coach who I would rather have for RGIII to be coached by. Shanahan couldn't help it if McNabb couldn't hit the broad side of a barn.
For once the Skins actually have put together a team. Now that we have a quarterback we can began to surround him with playmakers and watch him achieve greatness. Look for the Shanahan's to remind everyone why they are considered great coaches in the next two to three years.
Just please be patient so Sneider doesn't blow this up.