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The food is rotten

Posted on: January 5, 2010 9:35 pm
Edited on: January 5, 2010 9:37 pm

I get Mike Shanahan the coach.

I don't get Mike Shanahan the personnel man.

The Washington Redskins have hired Shanahan, the worst kept secret in football, and given him a five-year deal that is believed to pay him $7 million a season to be coach and executive vice president of football operations. He will have final say on all personnel decisions, which is scary.

Look at his track record in Denver and tell me if he's earned that right.

Shanahan is a heck of a coach, especially when it comes to offense. But his personnel decisions in Denver were horrible. And that's being kind.

Look at some of the high draft picks he had in Denver that flopped. Players like Marucs Nash, Ashley Lelie, Willie Middlebrooks, George Foster and Jarvis Moss were all first-round picks that busted. He also spent each year trying to fix a defense that always seemed to be a problem.

In doing so, he always seemed to be bringing in castoffs with baggage or former flops from other teams. Players like Gerard Warren, Dewayne Robertson and Courtney Brown.

None of it seemed to fix the defense. He also changed defensive coordinators like he changed his underwear, always pinning the blame elsewhere.

The reality is his defenses were bad because his personnel decisions were bad.

Mike Shanahan the coach was fired because of Mike Shanahan the personnel man.

And now he has that power again?

What is Dan Snyder doing?

I know coaches like to shop for the groceries if they're making the meal, like Bill Parcells says, but the problem is the groceries most of these coaches with personnel power bring him are too often rotten.

Ever try and make a nice meal with gray meat?

Why didn't Snyder hire a personnel man to make the decisions? Or let Bruce Allen, his new general manager, make them? Did I just write that? Even Allen is a better option than Shanahan.

The job is way too big for one man. And there are too many good football people out there who deserve a chance to make those decisions for a team.
Snyder blew it again.

This is his seventh coach since he took over the team. I don't mind the hiring of Shanahan the coach. He will be fine.

But Shanahan the personnel man comes with baggage: Rotten groceries that ruined plenty of potentially good meals in Denver.

I have a feeling there will be no five-star meals served in Washington either.




Category: NFL

Since: Oct 9, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2010 12:24 pm

The food is rotten

Let's face it: whatever Dan Snyder does, the media will bash him. It's just an easy story, like the over coverage of the Yankees and Duke. There are plenty of far worse run NFL organizations around, and let's be honest here, most teams would kill for an owner as generous as he is. If, say, the Bears had made this move, you can bet the negativity would be dialed WAY down. Why? Because it wouldn't be Snyder.

Since: Oct 9, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2010 12:15 pm

The food is rotten

Right on. Did Prisco sleep throught he Bruce Allen hiring?

Since: Aug 4, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2010 3:31 pm

The food is rotten

Last time I check Shanahan won back to back Super Bowls as the HEAD COACH of the Denver Broncos.  And don't use the argument of "it's because he had Elway".  How many Superbowls did Elway win before Shanahan was head coach?

Who knows if this will work out for the Skins, you might be right, very well might not.  But seriously, the guy's been successful as a head coach, period.

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2010 11:20 am

The food is rotten

The food may be rotten, but lets slow down. Shanahan was a great coach, and a pretty good GM. Those back-to-back Broncos title teams were largely offensively driven, but those defenses weren't terrible. Atwater, a HOF safety, was already there before Shanny, but Shanny brought in Bill Romanowski via free agency, and drafted Ian Gold, Trevor Pryce, John Mobley, Tory James, etc. Those guys all carved out pretty nice NFL careers. So don't say that Shanny can't draft. Also, look what Terrell Davis, Rueben Droughns, Olandis Gary, Mike Anderson, Tatum Bell did running in that system. Those guys were pulled off the street practically to run for 1,000 yards. Shanahan will be better than Vinny Cerato, and the second go-round of Joe Gibbs. Jim Zorn didn't get a fair shake, and Snyder sucks. But if he gives Shanny a little breathing room, there is enough to work with to craft a playoff-caliber team out of this mess, even in the NFL's toughest division. 

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2010 11:12 am

The food is rotten

'All they really need is a QB and the rest is almost in place.' ????

You're telling me the offensive line pieces are all in place?  We've seen just about every OL the team has and they couldn't get it done.  The RB situation is not settled, WR's still need to come along.  Defense, the scheme has to change.  Smoot is almost done, and we need a Free Safety that doesn't bite on every fake like L. Landry does.

There is more to this team's trouble than JC.  Who, personally, I would like to see back if they are able to fix the OL.

Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2010 10:24 am

The food is rotten

Thats the problem, these decisions (other than for RBs) were few and far between. Put it this way would you be happy if at the resturant the green peas tasted nice but everything else stank? I sure wouldn't.

Since: Mar 30, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2010 9:47 am

The food is rotten

As a long time Redskin fan myself, I agree that the decision to make Shanahan Exec VP of FB Ops was probably not the best decision as it is a lot of control for 1 person, but only time will tell.  Prisco, you're forgetting all of the good calls that Shanahan made on personnel as well.  People like to discredit the fact that Shanahan has 2 Super Bowl victories by saying anyone could have won with John Elway.  Why then didn't anybody ever win one with Dan Marino - arguably the best QB in NFL history?  Shanahan is an excellent offensive coach (also has a Super Bowl ring as OC of the 49ers) because he understands that the success of the offense ultimately starts with the offensive line.  Further, about these personnel decisions to negate the poor ones in the article: John Elway, Clinton Portis, Terrel Davis, Tatum Bell, Rueben Droughns, Brandon Marshall, Shannon Sharpe, Mike Bell, Recognizing that Champ Bailey was the best corner in the league and trading Portis to get him.  Every team makes numerous draft picks that don't pan out - there is simply no way to tell if a good college player will translate to a good NFL player.  He teams QB'd by Bob Griese and Jake Plummer to the play-offs and multiple 10+ win seasons.  The guy obviously knows what he's doing and should be a breath of fresh air for Redskins fans as he will start with the core of the offense to start making improvements.  If Snyder can take a step back and just write the checks for the players that Shanahan and Allen decide on, they could have a real turn-around in DC. 

Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2010 9:20 am

The food is rotten

you live and learn and i really think snyder is going to leave allen and shanahan alone for the next three years.
of course he is going to have some say - he is the owner correct? if YOU owned your own business you would like
to know whats going on right?
i think this is a great move i am a skins fan and we are going in the right direction

Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2010 9:18 am

The food is rotten

lets not get carried away here..........
if you put everyone draft results you will have the same totals.

do me a favor put up all the redskins draft busts too

bottom line is shanahan and allen and miles ahead of vinny cerato and snyder making dacisions

as a skins fan i am happy this happened
and yes, i do think campbell is a goner

have you seen what portis said about campbell? thats all i need to know. campbell is out

i think the skins are going in the right direction

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2010 8:59 am

The food is rotten

Prisco is foolish; borderline idiot. This is a guy a few months back wrote an unintelligent hapless article regarding the success of Vince Young. CBS do yourself a favor force Prisco to resign.

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