Shanahan Driven By Redskins’ Legacy

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When head coach Mike Shanahan came to Washington in 2010, he brought his two Super Bowl rings with him from his days in Denver.

His legacy of winning has allowed him to break down and rebuild an aging roster, even at the expense of a few wins.  His proven track record has been cited by his free agent acquisitions and revered by rookies looking to find NFL success.

But when discussing his incomparable motivation with Redskins Nation’s Larry Michael, Shanahan didn’t reference his own history of success.

Rather, he talked about how hard he and his coaching staff have worked to bring the Redskins franchise back to the glory days of the 1980s and 90’s:

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“I’ve got one goal, and it’s to turn this thing around and get it to where it has been: a Super Bowl-winning team.  If you’re driven that way and you have a mindset, and you put in the hours that we put in, then nothing’s gonna hold you back.”

“We’ve got an owner that wants it as badly as I do.  You’ve got a GM that wants it as bad as I do, and you’ve got a coaching staff that’s leaving no stone unturned.”

The ‘no stones unturned’ mantra was on full display last year, when the coaching staff and front office boldly moved back in the draft and found a dozen quality contributors.  In a pinch, undrafted free agent Willie Smith started the last three games of the season at left tackle–arguably the second-most important position on the roster.

Even though the Redskins have only won 11 games under Shanahan’s regime, he continues to hold to his plan of building a winner in Washington:

“Now we’ve just gotta make sure we do it and do it the right way, and obviously we’ll be winning a lot more football games than we’ve been winning the last couple years.”

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  2. Candidness or subterfuge? Which was it, Mike?

    This organization has spent 2 decades recklessly giving away its upper and middle round draft picks. Our NFL opponents have gladly kept theirs, added ours, using these picks to draft and develop the players our opponents plugged in when their starters became injured or simply declined.

    Perry Riley is a recent example of a player who provided just this kind of depth. Riley seemed to “appear out of nowhere.” (Except he didn’t come out of nowhere. He came from a mid-round pick, one we didn’t piss away.) Riley was developed for a year, inserted into the lineup mid-season. He plays like he could become an All Pro at the Will or the Mike position. Roy Helu, an early mid-rounder was another dramatic example of depth, critical depth.

    Redskins fans are again begging the team to trade away its future picks, saying the team doesn’t need to build through the draft, and can build an offensive line through free agency and salary cap space. If building an O line through free agency was practicable, wouldn’t the Giants have done it at some point over the past 7 seasons to protect their franchise quarterback? Wouldn’t we have successfully done it the previous 2 off-seasons to build our O line? If free agency worked so well, why was our receiving corps so pedestrian this past season? If free agency was the answer, we wouldn’t see so many teams with the same glaring weaknesses season after season.

    This is going to be interesting seeing what really happens. Hopefully last season’s draft was the new rule, rather than the exception.


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