Tag:Kyle Shanahan
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:51 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2012 9:05 am
 

Report: Redskins 'expected to pursue' Peyton

Shanahan and Peyton together: What could go wrong? (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- Between now and March 8, there will be plenty of speculation about what teams will be interested in Peyton Manning if and when he hits the open market. We've already talked about the possibility of Miami, and now we get to mention the other team that everyone expects to pursue Manning: the Redskins.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Washington is "expected to pursue" Manning if he becomes a free agent.

This shouldn't be a surprise. For starters, this is the Redskins. If someone with a big name is available, they'll be rumored as a potential team of interest. But that's exacerbated in this instance, because the Redskins rolled out Rex Grossman and John Beck as their starting quarterbacks in 2011.

The result was predictably disastrous, as the Redskins won just five games (oddly, two were over the NFC champion Giants) and finished dead last in the NFC East.

Is Manning the best fit in Washington, though? Mike and Kyle Shanahan like mobile quarterbacks who can roll out of the pocket. Manning is the opposite of that. Would the Shanahans change up their offense to fit Manning? If they're interested in landing him, they'd almost have to.

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Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:03 pm
Edited on: January 11, 2012 8:23 pm
 

Raheem Morris lands DB assistant job in WAS

Morris

By Josh Katzowitz

Raheem Morris has found a new job, and he’s had to take a rather large demotion to get it. As the Tampa Bay Times reports, Morris has been hired as the Redskins defensive backs coach, meaning Morris won’t even get to be a coordinator in his first job since the Buccaneers fired him as head coach.

Not that he’s ever been an NFL defensive coordinator before anyway. Three years ago, the Tampa Bay front office was so impressed by Morris’ work as the Buccaneers secondary coach, the ownership elevated him to the head coaching spot.

Morris' Next Move
After a 2010 season in which the Buccaneers finished a surprising 10-6, the team folded into a 4-12 squad this year while seemingly quitting on Morris with about a month left in the season.

But Morris has a previous relationship with Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan (the two were assistant coaches together in Tampa Bay from 2004-05) and knows Redskins general manager Bruce Allen well (Allen was the Buccaneers GM at the time).

While the Buccaneers defense last season finished last in points allowed and 30th in yards, the pass defense was only the 12th-worst team in the league of yards given up (what’s not so good is that the team faced the fourth-least amount of passes).

The Redskins, meanwhile, ranked 12th in the league in passing yards allowed, but earlier Wednesday night, the Washington Post reported that the contract of long-time Redskins safeties coach Steve Jackson would not be renewed.

According to the paper, Morris has an understanding with coach Mike Shanahan that if he's offered a defensive coordinator job, he can bail out from Washington. Morris also has interviewed for the Vikings defensive coordinator position.

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Posted on: January 5, 2012 9:00 am
 

Report: Raheem Morris spotted with Redskins

MorrisBy Josh Katzowitz

Raheem Morris made his name originally on the defensive side of the ball, and he was so impressive in his two years as the Buccaneers defensive backs coach, Tampa Bay ownership hired him as the head coach three years ago.

Of course, that experiment backfired, as Morris went 17-31 in his three years (including a 10-game losing streak to end his tenure Monday), but that doesn’t mean other teams won’t take a look at Morris’ defensive skills.

According to George Wallace of WTOP radio in Washington, it’s already begun as Morris was spotted dining with “Redskins brass.” Morris and Washington offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan were young assistants together in Tampa Bay in 2004-05, so there is some familiarity there (in fact Shanahan was arrested and charged with misdemeanor intoxication after he and Morris were escorted from an Indianapolis bar). Also, Redskins general manager Bruce Allen was the GM in Tampa Bay during the time both assistants were together.

So, the union could make sense from a former relationship standponit.

The only problem with the Redskins’ apparent pursuit of Morris to shore up a Washington defense that finished 21st in points allowed this year? The Buccaneers defense finished last in the league in points allowed and gave up at least 35 points in seven of the final 12 games of the season.

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Posted on: December 10, 2011 2:59 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2011 5:51 pm
 

Are the Redskins in Peyton Manning's future?

We've seen this cartoon before: player smiles, signs for big bucks, then underperforms, hates life. (CBSSports.com illustration)

By Ryan Wilson

Peyton Manning is due a $28 million option bonus this spring. Given that he's 35, hasn't played a down this season (and likely won't), and that the Colts are perfectly positioned to draft Andrew Luck with the first overall pick, there's a chance that Manning won't be in Indianapolis in 2012.

We discussed it on Friday's Pick-6 Podcast:


With a month left in the regular season, there's plenty of speculation about future landing spots for Peyton should his career with the Colts come to an abrupt, inglorious end. 

In the last week, no fewer than five national media types weighed in on where Manning could end up next season, and no fewer than five national media types mentioned the same team: the Washington Redskins.

Shocking, we know.

Here's the rundown (transcription and links via the Sports Bog's Dan Steinberg):

Michael Lombardi, NFL Network: [The Redskins have] a lot of money, a lot of availability, and oh, by the way, they really need a quarterback badly. They need a signature face on their franchise, and I think ultimately, that would be a great landing spot.

But the interesting factor here is Peyton Manning’s only played in three offenses: high school, at Tennessee, and when you look at Indianapolis. There’ve been three offenses, that’s it. If he goes somewhere, I would not be surprised if Tom Moore didn’t join him.

Chris Mortensen, ESPN: Ok, remember, we said that there’s still a big question mark of health. That’s something that nobody can speak to at this point. But if there’s a reasonable assurance that Peyton’s gonna be healthy, then who’s not gonna line up? The Washington Redskins are one obvious team. That’s unquestioned.

Adam Schefter, ESPN (appearing on Vinny Cerrato's Baltimore radio show): All you have to do is take a look around the league and say, who has a quarterback question? Who has a quarterback question? (“Washington,” Cerrato answers.)

Does Washington? Yes, Washington has a quarterback question. Does Miami have a quarterback question? Yes. Does Kansas City have a quarterback question? I think so. Does Cleveland have a quarterback question? Yes. I think Peyton Manning also is gonna dictate how this ends up and where he goes....I could see Washington involved, I could see Miami involved, I could see Cleveland involved. I could see maybe even — this is gonna sound ludicrous — but if Mark Sanchez flames out down the stretch, the Jets involved.

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And here's syndicated radio host Dan Patrick from his show earlier in the week: “Looking at the scenarios [on where Peyton could end up], I’m not looking at sort of the obvious places, except for Washington, I understand that…"

But Patrick's guest, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com, offered a very good reason for why Peyton-to-DC won't work:

“I think Peyton’s gonna want a team that pays him a ton of money and that has the pieces in place for him to be successful. And I don’t know that he’d want to go to Washington, because look at what’s in place there with Mike Shanahan and Kyle Shanahan," he said. "Kyle wants to run that offense like a little kid with a joystick on the sideline. He wants the quarterback to just do whatever Kyle Shanahan wants. I think Kyle Shanahan’s younger than Peyton Manning, so I don’t think that’s gonna go over well if Peyton and Kyle Shanahan are trying to co-exist.”

Just last week, Archie Manning told CBSSports.com's Will Brinson that he thought his son and Andrew Luck could work together. (Archie later stated that he didn't "think [having Luck and Peyton on the same roster] would necessarily be a great fit for either one," before clarifying those remarks by reiterating his original take. "I'm sure they could [work together]," he finally said.)


Of course, there's always the chance the Colts win out, get to 4-12, and in all likelihood, take themselves out of the running for Luck. A quick glance at the schedule suggests that won't happen: they face the Ravens Sunday, then the Titans, Texans and Jaguars.

So, yes, expect to be hearing more about this in the coming weeks and months. And who knows, maybe Peyton just retires and takes the Ole Miss job.

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Posted on: November 18, 2011 4:28 pm
 

Kyle Shanahan likes the way Grossman played

GrossmanPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Need further proof that the Redskins won’t turn to John Beck to start at quarterback any time soon? Washington offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is saying he's happy with the way Rex Grossman has played since Beck turned his job back over to Grossman.

Wait, what’s that you say? Grossman threw two interceptions and led his team to three field goals in a loss to the one-win Dolphins while recording a quarterback rating of 58.3? Um, Shanahan looks past all that … I suppose.

“I thought he did a good job moving the ball. I know we’re disappointed we didn’t get into the end zone, but I thought he did a good job out there,” Shanahan said, via the Washington Post. “He did a good job getting completions. Made some good decisions.

“I know he had two picks, but both of the throws he had, it was the right throw. It’s unfortunate what happened, but I didn’t think the two picks were his fault. But he did a good job of getting rid of the ball and making the right reads.”

Grossman, at least, managed to complete 65.6 percent of his passes for a respectable 215 yards, but his stats weren’t actually much better than what Beck accomplished in his three starts with the team.

It seems pretty clear -- at least to Shanahan -- that the team responds better when Grossman is in the game, and even though Beck is more athletic than Grossman, Shanahan likes Grossman’s demeanor better.

“It wasn’t one reason in particular, but Rex has a lot more experience than [Beck]. He’s played in a lot of games,” Shanahan said. “John did a fairly good job in that Philly game, taking us down, and in that Carolina game. But then with injuries going, we felt like John out there, didn’t have the experience to get through those tough times. So we felt more comfortable with Rex and felt he gave us the best chance to win.”

Until next season when, presumably, somebody else will be starting at quarterback in Washington.



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Posted on: November 8, 2011 1:37 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2011 8:59 pm
 

Redskins release Stallworth, sign Anderson

CB Rodgers-Cromartie arrived in Philly with a reputation for shying away from tackles. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Former Texans wide receiver David Anderson might be one of our favorite players and it has nothing to do with his ability to catch a football. His Conan O'Brien-inspired end zone celebration from the 2008 season (see below), as well as his Power Alleys movement in Houston (specifically: Episode No. 34) are two of the reasons we love him.

Now, after six years with the Texans, where he played under then-offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in 2008-09, Anderson has been signed by the Washington Redskins. To make room for him on the roster, the team released Donte' Stallworth.

With Santana Moss sidelined with a broken hand, Washington is in desperate need of playmakers. (Not having a legitimate starting quarterback hurts, too.) They were shutout by the Bills in Week 8, and against the 49ers Sunday managed just a 59-yard field goal before a late garbage touchdown.

Despite lack of depth at wide receiver, Stallworth, who is one of the fastest players in the league, struggled to get on the field. He played in just four games this season, registering five catches for 46 yards.

The Ravens signed Stallworth before the 2010 season in the hopes that he would give Joe Flacco a much-needed deep threat. But just like his tenure in Washington, he barely contributed, appearing in eight games and made two catches.

More evidence for how dire the Redskins' offensive situation is, via the Washington Post's Mike Jones: Tight end Fred Davis leads the team with 40 catches for 559 yards and two touchdowns and Jabar Gaffney is the most productive wide receiver with 31 catches for 441 yards and two touchdowns. Mike Shanahan on Sunday promoted rookie Leonard Hankerson to the starting lineup.

Anderson, whose Twitter bio describes him as "Getting paid to do what I did in (high school) and Im not talking about getting B's and losing my virginity," tweeted Tuesday that he was traded to the Skins "by the Manhattan Beach Soccer Moms."

Anderson arrives in DC with 82 career receptions, 895 receiving yards and three touchdowns.



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Posted on: November 5, 2011 8:55 pm
 

Theismann prefers Grossman over Beck

Theismann thinks Grossman gives the Redskins the best chance to win. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The Redskins won three of four games to begin the season, all with Rex Grossman under center. The former first-round pick would start just once more, a four-pick effort against the Eagles in Week 6, before head coach Mike Shanahan replaced him with John Beck, who last started an NFL game in 2007.

Predictably, the results have been laughable; Washington's 0-2 with Beck under center and this does not sit well with former 'Skins quarterback and Super Bowl champ Joe Theismann.

“I just don’t agree with the decision to start John Beck,” Theismann said before the Redskins played the Panthers two weeks ago.

And those sentiments haven't changed. Appearing on Mike Wise's radio show Thursday, Theismann shared his thoughts on Beck (via the Sports Bog's Dan Steinberg).

“I think John’s inexperience has shown a little bit. John hasn’t played a lot of football; Rex has played a lot more football and I think is a little bit more comfortable with what they want to try and do.

“Remember, Rex, this is his third year in the system. He’s made some decisions that have hurt him. Some of the interceptions are not his fault and some of them are. That’s all shared. It’s like the 10 sacks last week against Buffalo. I think John has to shoulder responsibility for five of them, and the job up front by the offensive line and tight ends and route runners have to shoulder some responsibility."

It's worth pointing out that 'Skins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan brought Grossman to the Redskins from the Texans where they worked together. That said, we're still talking about Rex Grossman.

And that leads us to this: despite Theismann's arm-waving, there isn't much difference between the two quarterbacks this season.

* Completion percentage: Grossman - 55.8; Beck - 58.8
* TD per pass attempt: Grossman - 3.6%; Beck - 1.2%
* INT per pass attempt: Grossman - 5.5%; Beck - 3.5%
* Passer rating: Grossman - 66.5; Beck - 69.9

According to Football Outiders' quarterback efficiency metric, Grossman ranks 29th behind Sam Bradford and Kyle Orton. Beck ranks 37th, ahead of only Tim Tebow and Blaine Gabbert (among QBs with at least 60 pass attempts through Week 8).


The San Francisco 49ers look to continue their impressive run as they travel to FedEx field to face off against the Washington Redskins on Sunday. Who will come out on top? Jason Horowitz and NFL.com's Pat Kirwan break down this game.

So, yeah, if you're Shanahan, it doesn't really matter who you play. Just close your eyes and pick one because the outcome probably won't change.

Washington hosts San Francisco Sunday and if Beck gets off to another slow start Theismann thinks Rex should replace him (because, really, nothing screams consistency like swapping QBs ever few weeks).

“...If John struggles in this game, I think Mike’s almost obligated to go back to Rex," he told Wise. "You thought that John Beck would bring you some more versatility, you thought that he would bring you a little more [mobility to] the quarterback position, but it hasn’t really worked out that way with all the injuries.”

Ah, yes, the injuries. Cueing Grantland's Bill Barnwell:

"Washington is more susceptible to injuries than the average team because the depth behind their starters is so bad. Their 3-1 start before the bye, no surprise, was as a very healthy football team! Since then, injuries have riddled the offense, which is now down six of its expected starters from before the season."

It's almost as if Vinny Cerrato's ghost continues to haunt Redskins Park.

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Posted on: November 1, 2011 11:57 pm
 

Washington's offense is in major disrepair

Kyle Shanahan's offense is not playing well this year (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The fact that the Redskins were shut out by the Bills on Sunday is not the fault of one man. It’s not only the fault of Mike Shanahan, whose team scored zero points for the first time in his career. It’s not only the fault of quarterback John Beck, who threw two interceptions. It’s not only the fault of the offensive line, which allowed Buffalo to sack Beck nine times and helped Ryan Torain to 14 yards on eight carries.

And it’s not only the fault of offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. But man, something has to change on this squad, and I’m not talking about going from Rex Grossman to Beck or vice versa. Fundamentally, it seems like something needs to change in order for Washington to have any shot at competing for an NFC East crown this year.

The Shanahans talk about wanting balance on offense, and on Sunday, they got it. The running game and the passing game stunk.

But what about Kyle Shanahan? Besides the obvious nepotism in play when his father hired him (though, to be fair, Shanahan was an offensive coordinator in Houston before he went to Washington, and the Texans were a top-five offense at the time) what good is he doing for the squad? The Washington Post’sMike Jones was wondering that exact thing.
The unit hit rock bottom, failing to score a point and producing only 178 yards -- the lowest output since 2007. And as was the case in many of the previous weeks this season, the offense was anything but balanced. Unofficially, Kyle Shanahan called 45 pass plays and nine rushing plays. Another three rushes came when John Beck took off scrambling on broken plays.

The Redskins generated only 26 rushing yards and 208 passing yards, and the team lost 56 yards as a result of nine sacks.

Despite the ineffective attack, (Mike) Shanahan said the offense struggles haven’t come as a result of poor scheme or play selection. (Mike) Shanahan said he is “pretty comfortable” with the offensive playcalling, and said, “I’m heavily involved with the offense.”

But the good news is that the players are defending Kyle Shanahan.

“We believe in this offense,” Torrain said, via Football News Now. “We believe in Kyle. We love Kyle out here working with us. We’re in this together. So, we’ve got to keep fighting and keep pressing.”

The Redskins offense is ranked 20th in the league this year after it finished 18th last season. But as long as Mike Shanahan is “pretty comfortable” with it, I guess all is well in the world. The fanbase, however, might not be.

Which is why we share this from the Washington Post’s Mike Wise, quoting Bobby Bowden: “If you hire your son, you better win all your games. Because he’s usually the first to get criticized. If you lose, people want to know why. They goin’ to think up a reason. And if they can’t think up a reason, they gonna go after your daggum’ son.”

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