Tag:Mike Shanahan
Posted on: May 2, 2011 5:15 pm

Hot Routes 5.2.11: Draft viewership up AND down

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • Austin Karp of the Sports Business Journal reports that the NFL Network had it's best three-day viewership of the NFL Draft they've had yet. However, ESPN saw a dip -- 17.7 percent, actually, which is a LOT -- in draft viewership. What does that tell me? More people have the NFL Network now than used to, hence the growth in viewership. Otherwise, it's pretty obvious that the NFL Draft wasn't nearly as compelling with the labor junk going on in the background.
  • The NFL has responded to the news that Dave Duerson had brain damage when he committed suicide, saying they will continue to support the work of the scientists at Boston University.
Posted on: April 18, 2011 7:11 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 9:31 pm

Report: Vikes 'one of teams' interested in McNabb

Posted by Will Brinson

Thanks to the economic principles of supply and demand, there's a common perception that someone will want Donovan McNabb on their roster in 2011. One of the top contenders, based on general speculation, common sense and maybe even the quarterback's own interest, for McNabb's services are the Minnesota Vikings.

But on Monday, Mike Jones of the Washington Post gave new life to this theory, by citing sources who say that the Vikings "are indeed interested in McNabb."&

Jones also mentions multiple "teams" when discussing the interest in McNabb; ironically because of the low value that McNabb has for the rest of the league.

That's partially his skill set (it's declined, duh), but mostly because the way in which 2010 ended. Mike Shanahan, when benching McNabb for Rex Freaking Grossman, made it pretty clear that he'd have some sort of change to begin 2011.

Teams realize this and, as such, aren't going to overpay to get McNabb from the Redskins when there's a significant chance they can land him via free agency as soon as the Redskins cut him, which they likely will.
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One problem with that, though, is that there's a strong -- in my opinion -- chance that Shanny won't cut McNabb until the minute before he's owed a bonus, which could take him into September (after the first regular season game) on the Redskins roster. Jones points out, though, that "it's believed" McNabb would pay back $3.5 million worth of signing bonus if he was released.

That goes to show not only that both sides don't care for each other, but that there might be an amicable way of settling this issue, once a labor agreement is reached.

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Posted on: April 12, 2011 12:18 pm
Edited on: April 12, 2011 12:32 pm

Offseason Checkup: Washington Redskins

Posted by Andy Benoit

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New coach, new system, new quarterback, even new yellow pants. Didn’t matter, it was the same old Redskins in 2010. The new quarterback never mastered the new coach’s new system, which is why there actually wound up being another new quarterback at the end of the season. Rex Grossman wasn’t much better than Donovan McNabb, but then again, Grossman had to work with the same ho-hum supporting cast as McNabb.

But enough about the offense. How about Washington’s disappointing defense? Albert Haynesworth was a cross between the Cowardly Lion and Tin Man. Instead of finding a phony wizard to help spark some soul-saving confidence within him at the end, the most expensive defensive tackle in history found himself suspended.

The team unofficially charged Haynesworth with Owensism (i.e. being a jerk). Haynesworth wasn’t the lone disappointment on D. The secondary let more big plays pass through than Broadway.

Mike Shanahan’s famous zone blocking scheme works just about anywhere. There’s no reason to think powerful but spry running back Ryan Torain can’t be a 1,200-yard back behind such a scheme. However, Shanahan needs better athletes at center, right guard and right tackle. C Casey Rabach does not elevate the game of those around him. RG Artis Hicks is valuable only as a utility backup. And RT Heyer is too upright and stiff in the knees.

Finding more fluid linemen, even if it means settling for other teams’ undersized dregs, would be a worthwhile endeavor for the Skins.

1. Quarterback
It’s pretty clear Mike Shanahan does not want Donovan McNabb, right?

2. Wide Receiver
Santana Moss is an unrestricted free agent and probably not worth whatever he thinks he’s worth. Anthony Armstrong might be too much of a hard-handed plodder to hold down a starting spot long term. He’s certainly not a No. 1. The only other receivers on the roster are return specialist Brandon Banks and Terrence Austin and underachieves Roydell Williams and Malcolm Kelly.

3. Defensive End
There was talk that Adam Carriker had a strong season in 2010. Where’s the evidence? Carriker blended in like camouflage. Vonnie Holiday can still contribute in a limited backup role, but like with fellow end Phillip Daniels, age is a major issue.

It’s the NFL, where instant improvements are not only possible, but common. It helps having an adept coaching staff. Shanahan will be prepared for the D.C. scene in 2011 after being caught off-guard by the intense media in his debut season.

Still, a great coach can only go so far. The Redskins desperately need more talent at the skill positions if they want to give .500 a run.

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Posted on: February 25, 2011 7:16 pm
Edited on: February 25, 2011 11:18 pm

Redskins likely to lose three marquee players

Posted by Eye on Football staff

INDIANAPOLIS – For those wondering about the status of Donovan McNabb, Albert Haynesworth and Clinton Portis within the Redskins organization, wonder no more. Coach Mike Shanahan, meeting today with the media at the NFL combine, cleared it all up.

Which is to say he didn’t clear up much of anything (though, to be fair, we can take pretty good educated guesses about if those players will return).

On the topic of McNabb:

“I had a chance about two days ago to talk to (McNabb's agent) Fletcher Smith and we talked for about an hour and a half. I thought I had a great conversation with him. Obviously we had a lot of quotes that were out there over the course of the season. I was able to address questions he had and I thought the conversation went well. I think over the next few weeks we’ll get the chance to talk again, and then we’ll make a decision right after the draft of the direction we’ll go. But I thought it was a good initial conversation. We’ll let time take care of itself and we’ll get a chance to spend some more time together in the near future.”

Chances of McNabb playing in Washington in 2011: not great.

On the topic of Haynesworth:

“You never really know. Albert, right now, is appealing a four-game suspension. He’s had a couple alleged instances he’s got to take care of. Obviously that goes through the commissioner and hopefully that comes out positive. There’s a lot of ramifications there, so we’ve got to take care of that first.”

Chances of Haynesworth playing in Washington in 2011: I don’t see how.

On the topic of Portis:

"Relative to free agency and our own, we’re always wanting to sign our players, so we’re constantly talking to their agents. With a guy like Clinton Portis, he’s a little bit different. With a guy with a high salary cap, I’ve always dealt with it a little differently. If we’re not going to sign Clinton to that high salary, I’ll let him test the market out. Not to say we don’t want him, but for a lower price, and obviously we’ll try to find the best deal. It could happen. I don’t want to say right now. If I said that, usually I’m being pretty honest with you. Could be two days from now, could be three days from now. Could be later today."

Chances of Portis playing in Washington in 2011:
Not gonna happen.

Bythe way, looks like CBSSports.com's own Clark Judge and I have similar opinions.

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Posted on: February 18, 2011 10:02 am

Fox: Broncos will go back to 4-3

John Fox said he'll switch Denver's defense to the 4-3 scheme (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Broncos coach John Fox is switching things up in Denver. Namely, his team’s defense.

In an interview with the Denver Post, Fox said he’s switching the 3-4 defense played under Josh McDaniels the past two years back into the 4-3 employed by Mike Shanahan for the 14 years he coached.

The move isn’t a big surprise, considering the Broncos were last in the league in 2010 in scoring defense and total defense and because Fox ran the 4-3 in Carolina.

"We're going to be a multiple-front defense, but I think we'll make the commitment to the 4-3,” Fox told the paper. “The transition from the 3-4 to 4-3 is much easier than going from the 4-3 to 3-4, I will say that. So we feel pretty confident about that switch."

What does the move mean for players like Elvis Dumervil and Robert Ayers, who had established themselves as effective outside linebackers in the 3-4 scheme? Well, they both most likely would return to their original positions as defensive ends. The Broncos, who pick No. 2 in the upcoming Draft, also could select Clemson DE Da’Quan Bowers to help complement Dumervil and Ayers.

The linebackers who would stay in that position – for instance, D.J. Williams, Wesley Woodyard and Mario Haggan – also would have to readjust to a scheme that doesn’t require them to rush the passer quite as much.

Said Fox: "We're working through that with our personnel people, both our pro and college.”

No word yet on what Champ Bailey thinks of this idea.

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Posted on: January 6, 2011 5:30 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2011 5:31 pm

Campbell says he was Redskins 'scapegoat'

J. Campbell said he was Washington's scapegoat before he left for Oakland (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Not surprisingly, Raiders QB Jason Campbell, coming off a decently-successful season in Oakland, doesn’t look back on his time with the Redskins especially fondly. Or, you know, you could say he’s actually pretty bitter about the whole thing.

In fact, he told Washington-based blog Mr. Irrelevant that he was the team’s scapegoat.

“That last season I put up really good numbers, and my star running back was out,” Campbell told the blog. “Clinton Portis was out for most of the season. Then Ladell Betts came in and got hurt. We lost Chris Samuels. We lost our right guard and our right tackle.

“So you’re still out there fighting hard in every game … and there were a lot of close games we should’ve won.

“The fact that I was the scapegoat for all of that, it really stung a little bit. It was tough.”

Campbell also had this to say about his former boss, owner Daniel Snyder.

“I was always trying to put my heart into everything (the Redskins) did. The owner or whatever it was, the owner was always pointing the finger at me. It was always like people were out to get me.”

Campbell has a point (though he does come off a bit paranoid). In 2009, he threw for 3,618 yards, 20 TDs and 15 INTs, and he had the best statistical stats of his career. But Redskins coach Mike Shanahan couldn’t get him out of D.C. fast enough, and at first, it did sound like a good plan (who wouldn’t basically trade Campbell for Donovan McNabb at that point?).

But Campbell has the last laugh. Sort of. Sure, he doesn’t have a head coach at the moment, even if the Raiders are coming off an 8-8 season. Of course, he also doesn’t play for a team whose top quarterback currently is Rex Grossman.

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Posted on: December 26, 2010 7:24 pm

McNabb denies report that he wants out of D.C.

Posted by Will Brinson

On Sunday, a report emerged that Donovan McNabb wanted out of Washington. This is the least shocking thing in the world, since he was replaced as the starter by Rex Grossman and spending his days as the third-string quarterback for the Redskins.

However, after Grossman ran his lifetime record against the Jacksonville Jaguars to 4-0 on Sunday, McNabb told CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco that there was no truth to that report and that he's content in D.C.

"I don’t know where that came from," McNabb told CBSSports.com. "I know nothing about it."

When informed that McNabb would be the "only one" who would know about the report, the quarterback agreed, but reaffirmed the denial.

"That's right," he said. "And I don't know anything about it."

McNabb might claim to know nothing about his own publicly-expressed desire to get out of the Redskins organization, but the truth is that he'd be insane to want to hang around, given the way he's been treated by the organization (regardless of how he's played).

Of course, that doesn't mean he'd want to tell everyone in the world he hates Washington, particularly when, if they became really desperate, the Redskins could still pick up his $10 million option for 2011. 

That seems unlikely, and it's all but guaranteed that McNabb will be shopped for the second-straight offseason after the NFL wraps up its year, but it doesn't mean you'll see a guy like McNabb publicly admit his sincere distaste for his current situation.

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Posted on: December 24, 2010 3:58 pm

Kyle Shanahan, McNabb have meeting of minds

D. McNabb and Kyle Shanahan had a chat today to help clear the air. Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Continuing our never-ending coverage of the soap opera between Redskins QB Donovan McNabb and coaches Mike and Kyle Shanahan, you’ll recall the lengthy statement that McNabb’s agent, Fletcher Smith, made Thursday.

Mike Shanahan later fired back and said there was no one that wanted McNabb to be successful more than Shanahan and nothing that had occurred was a personal shot at McNabb.

Today, Comcast SportsNet, via the Redskins official website, caught up with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who said he was disturbed by Smith’s statement. Disturbed enough to set up a face-to-face meeting with McNabb today, who told him that there were portions of the statement that were inaccurate.

Apparently, everything is cool between the two now. Well, cool in the sense that McNabb isn't going to punch out anybody, but not cool in the same way that life would be cool if McNabb was still the starter.

Here are a few of Shanahan’s rebuttals to Smith’s letter to CSN.

Fletcher Smith: "While Donovan's feelings about Washington remain the same, the Shanahans – both Mike and more specifically Kyle – have made this an extremely difficult relationship to maintain. Their comments have been beyond disrespectful and unprecedented for a six-time Pro Bowl quarterback such as Donovan."

Kyle Shanahan: "I asked [McNabb] if he did have any problems that he wanted to talk to me about; he said 'No, not at all. We've always been good.' So when I heard that from him, talking man-to-man, face-to-face, that's what I've gotta go with. So it is a little weird to hear the other stuff."

Fletcher Smith: "After Donovan quickly led the Redskins down the field and scored what appeared to be the game saving drive against Tampa Bay, Kyle was quoted as saying 'He'll (McNabb) never take another snap for me again.' Remember that statement came after Donovan led the Redskins on one of their best drives of the entire season."

Kyle Shanahan: "Zero [truth to that]. I was with Donovan at the end of that Tampa Bay game. You can talk to Donovan about that. I mean, we were together the whole time. So I'd like to know where he got that quote."

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