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.