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Schefter calls Skins job "desirable"

The giant creeping cloud of noxious press that's hovered over Ashburn for several weeks has truly been remarkable. To cite just a few from this week:

* Don Banks, SI: "Other than financially, has anyone been better off after going to work for Daniel Snyder and the Redskins than they were before they got to Washington? Seriously. Has anyone come out looking better for the experience, enhancing their reputation or résumé? Be it a coach, a player, or a front office member? Anyone? Ever?"

* Kevin Blackistone, AOL FanHouse: "The Redskins are now the worst-run franchise in pro sports in the country, if not on the planet."

* Clark Judge, CBSSports.com: "I feel for Jim," said a head coach who asked to remain anonymous. "I really do. He's going to be standing there on the sidelines Sunday doing -- what? It's sad."

Part of the implication is that any head coaching candidate would be a bit off to agree to a job with the Redskins, a premise I've always rejected entirely. If Marty Schottenheimer did it, no name is off the table. ESPN's Adam Schefter, appearing on Mike and Mike Thursday morning, made an even stronger argument.

"Well, a lot of people say, 'Oh, Redskins, Dan Snyder, Vinny Cerrato, undesirable' and I would take the flip side of that," Schefter said. "I would tell you that we are headed toward an uncapped year. What's MORE desirable than the Redskins situation, where Dan Snyder is going to spend whatever it takes in a market where there are no limitations on what one owner can spend?" So to me, the Redskins job has some serious attractions to it."

It's a note that we haven't heard much of in recent days, but it makes more than a little sense. As for who might be attracted, Schefter went on to say this.

"And when you go down and you take a look at the names, look, he has taken on people that haven't worked, that haven't proven themselves," he said. "He's gone the low-profile route in Jim Zorn, it didn't work. He's now gonna go the high-profile route. So now he's gonna go the high-profile route, and we look at Mike Holmgren, Mike Shanahan, Jon Gruden, Bill Cowher, and you start to sift through those names to figure out which one it is that would most appeal to Dan Snyder.

"Now keep this in mind, Dan Snyder has known Mike Shanahan for an awful long time. Ten years ago they were at the Pro Bowl, stayed in the same hotel, got to meet each other, have dinner, and something inside tells me that Dan Snyder has an affection for Mike Shanahan. Doesn't mean that's his guy, he may go for Mike Holmgren, he may go for Bill Cowher. But I just think that deep down inside, he's got a thing for Mike Shanahan."

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 22, 2009; 10:57 AM ET
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Dano is going to make an entire team out of the 1999 Pro Bowl roster next year.

1-15.

Posted by: hackeynut | October 22, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

The trade for Portis was a GREAT trade under the circumstances. You have to remember that Champ was NEVER going to resign with the Skins. So we would have been w/o Champ or Portis.

At least we got something in return and Portis has been very good for the Skins especially with a very mediocre offensive line.


Posted by: fearturtle44 | October 21, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

I couldn't disagree with you more, and here's why. First, Champ MAY have wanted out (the Redskins said that he did as part of their justification for the deal, and even if HE said that he did, you can't take everything that is said during contract negotiations as the gospel), but the Redskins had the final say on that. they could have franchised him and given him the choice of playing for them, or for no one. I GUARANTEE you that eventually he would have resigned with the Redskins.

Second, top-knotch cornerbacks are much harder to find than top-knotch running backs, who can often (as Portis was) be drafted in the second round or lower. So Bailey for Portis straight-up would have favored the Broncos. Bailey and a second-rounder for Portis was highway robbery.

Posted by: rbpalmer | October 22, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Literally none of this matters as long as the current front office structure remains in place. There is absolutely no way that any coach can succeed in this environment. We've had proven (Gibbs, Shotty), We've had unproven (Spurrier, Zorn), we've had legends, we've had mediocrity, we've had laughably terrible.

What coach would want to come to a toxic environment managed by a selfish child that has no idea what he's doing. As the episode with Zorn proves, he will take all of the credit and accept none of the responsiblity when his yearly hairbrained personell schemes blow up in your face.

Posted by: jbanks979 | October 22, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

"I feel for Jim," said a head coach who asked to remain anonymous. "I really do. He's going to be standing there on the sidelines Sunday doing -- what? It's sad."

Yeah, if Zorn is roaming the FedEx sideline on Sunday - I'll feel REALLY bad for him. Since he might not know the game is Monday night.

Posted by: Kev29 | October 22, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter who the new coach will be, if the identity of the front office decision-maker doesn't change, they could resurrect Vince Lombardi and they would still be mediocre.

Posted by: rbpalmer | October 22, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

For the record, our DEFENSIVE coaches have actually come out of the redskins looking pretty good.

That is a good point about moneybags Snyder and the uncapped year though. I guess he could be good in that he might be willing to spend gobs of FA money and actually address the O-line, grabbing some top players. A combination of that and draft attention could potentially reboot our O-line in one year. That would be fantastic.

I hope for that without actually know if any will be available in free agency though.

Posted by: REXskins | October 22, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

rbpalmer,

Well we know it wasn't a highway robbery considering that 2nd rounder turned out to be Tatum Bell who no longer is in NFL. So essentially that trade was Portis for Bailey.

Posted by: lightshow | October 22, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

"...he's got a thing for Mike Shanahan."

Even Barney Frank would say that sounds gay.

Posted by: c_e_daniel | October 22, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

"But I just think that deep down inside, he's got a thing for Mike Shanahan."

I guess Dan's "thing" for Vinny must be fading, so he's making goo-goo eyes at Shanahan. Run, Shanahan, run!

Posted by: acoberst1 | October 22, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Peachy. Sndyer has a thing for Shanahan, a highly overrated coach who hasn't won diddly without John Elway. Guess what? There are no John Elways on the Redskins

Posted by: poguesmahone | October 22, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

I would argue another point on why the Skins job is desireable. If you come into DC and make the Redskins winners you will be a hero. you would OWN this town like nobody else. You would be The guy who got it done when NOBODY else could. And if you dint you will be fired with oat least 2 years left on your contract and can sit at home and collect very large checks from an idiot who now has to pay out your contract.

Posted by: skins_fan_LA | October 22, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

I'm not sure where the thread started with the Portis for Bailey trade, but since it is here, I'd like to add my penny's worth.

Since Elway, the Broncos have been my #1 team and the Redskins #2. I saw as much of Portis on the Broncos as I could, given I was living in DC. The Redskins have hardly ever used him as he was used in Denver, except notably for that long TD run he had when he touched the ball for the first time for the Skins years ago.

People think of Portis as a scat back that likes the outside, but what the Broncos did, with a very light OL I might add, was to have him run between the tackles through a pre-detrmined hold that would be open only for a second or 2. But that would be enough to get him past the DL and to the linebackers and was one of the reasons he had a lot of 6-8 yard carries for them. If he has to look for the hole or run outside, the play takes too long and he will not gain a lot, generally.

So, one of the reasons the trade might not look good now goes back to Redskins imcompetence, not Portis. The Skins rarely used him in a way that matched his strengths.

Posted by: Dougmacintyre | October 22, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Only a fool or a masochist would coach here under this 'Fools Empire'. A nice payday to work for a soulless tyrant is the only clear definition of what a HC will face here.

And those dollars won't make you sleep well at night...

Posted by: kahlua87 | October 22, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Schefter and Mayor, you all are crazy. The Mayor mentioned if Marty took the job, anyone would but look at how Snyder treated him. He fired Marty despite the team being on an upswing because Snyder "wasn't having as much fun."

All the marquee names, mentioned, i.e., Shany, Holmgren, the CBS analyst with the big chin, Chucky, et. al., all have SB rings and plenty of money. Why wouldn't they pull a Phil Jackson and wait for the right opportunity instead of coming to work for a guy who micromanages and second guesses everything you do and will place an obsequious lackey right above you?

Posted by: playahatah | October 22, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

John Elway hasn't won diddly without Mike Shanahan. Shanahan makes offenses work

Posted by: JohnnyBlades | October 22, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Well we know it wasn't a highway robbery considering that 2nd rounder turned out to be Tatum Bell who no longer is in NFL. So essentially that trade was Portis for Bailey.

Posted by: lightshow

But what if the redskins had "kept" that pick and I dunno.....used it on an offensive tackle?
If they wanted to get full value for Champ, THEY should have insisted on a second round pick from denver. Even then, getting rid of one of the unquestioned best cornerbacks in the league for a scat back that the Redskins would never use effectively, the trade would have still probably favored the Broncos

Posted by: jbanks979 | October 22, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

"What's MORE desirable than the Redskins situation, where Dan Snyder is going to spend whatever it takes in a market where there are no limitations on what one owner can spend?"

Ok, smart guy.

Why hasn't it already worked? Snyder spends a lot of cash every year and it hasn't worked in 10 years.

Snyder/Ceratto = the problem

All they do is spend, spend, spend and for what? They are HORRIBLE talent evaluators and always will be. Players just come to Washington to get paid, that's it.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | October 22, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

The Portis trade worked out for both teams. Skins got a RB who has been a stud and been the cornerstone of a offense that went to the playoffs 2x. Champ was a solid starter at CB. The draft choice Denver got from Was did not really do anything and I think is out of the NFL now.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 22, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

The whole uncapped year thing is getting kind of overblown. Why do people think that (a) Snyder is the only rich owner in the NFL, and (b) that he'll just be able to buy every player he wants? Jerry Jones, Bob Kraft, the dude that owns the Bucs, Rooney - all rich guys, and those are just the ones I can name off the top of my head. You think they aren't going to spend too?

As for available players, I think that players who are under contract in 2010 will remain so. So that limits the pool right there. Some won't want to come here if they have a proven winner seeking them. Plus, I am sure there will be rules in place that once you sign guys to megadeals during the uncapped year, you are stuck with them in future years, and it will hit your cap number in those future years (smaller markets will insist on that).

I'm also not so sure Snyder is as rich as we thought anymore. He has a lot of money tied up in players and coaches who aren't here anymore. He has also taken huge hits on his other business failures. His wealth at this point is just his "equity" in the Redskins (what he paid vs. what they are worth, assuming you can find someone to pay that much), as far as I can tell. If they are taking the effort to scrap up thin dimes through lawsuits against season ticket holders, something tells me there is a cash flow problem.

As for the Portis / Bailey trade, the reason it favored the Broncos in the long run is because Shanny understands that RBs break down early (especially smaller ones that rely on speed and cutting like Portis), while solid secondary guys can be a mainstay in your lineup for years. Unfortunately, he wouldn't be able to put this kind of personnel expertise to work if he WERE coaching here . . .

Posted by: teamohall | October 22, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I will coach the Redskins.
I will screw them up royally. I will put quarterbacks as punters, OTs as runningbacks, corners as safeties, and I will give John Riggins a radio contract and a bottle of whisky.
Then, I will be fired after an 0-16 season, and walk away with $5 million guaranteed.
It'll be just like winning the lottery.

Posted by: Meepo | October 22, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Again - who cares - this team ownership sucks! Danny and Vinny will find a way to f up the best coach.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | October 22, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

A lot of people are calling for a boycott of the 'Skins. Well, I have another idea. Monday night BM is being entered into the Ring of Fame. It would be a disservice to have him introduced to an empty stadium.

So, here is my suggestion. EVERYONE show up for the game. Attend BM's introduction cheer loudly and long. When the game starts sit on your hands, do nothing. At the end of the first quarter, everyone should GET UP AND LEAVE.

BM gets his proper due, 'Skin fans show their class through proper gratitude to a PLAYER and the fans show their disdain for the Danny by giving him the "I'm walking out of you in a public forum" F.U.

Think about it, 90,000 'Skins fans all leaving a Monday Night Game at the end of the first quarter. The TV people would end up talking about it the next three quarters and it would be the lead story on Sports Center - the intro clip would be a MASS EXIT.

That is how you send a message. Not showing up just looks like all the other half empty stadiums. LEAVING makes a HUGE HUGE Point.

Posted by: tzj20874 | October 22, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

I strongly urge Danny to start skipping wine with dinner. By the end of the evening, everyone seems to end up his new BFFL. Those dinners are getting VERY expensive for him and are just adding to the frustrations of Redskin fans.

Posted by: hapster | October 22, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

The Portis trade worked out for both teams. Skins got a RB who has been a stud and been the cornerstone of a offense that went to the playoffs 2x. Champ was a solid starter at CB. The draft choice Denver got from Was did not really do anything and I think is out of the NFL now.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 22, 2009 12:25 PM

Bailey is still a shutdown corner, Portis all but done. Buying high on running backs is so foolish in the NFL.

And we had two picks in the first four rounds of that draft, which really hurts 4 years later. The two picks were awesome (Sean Taylor and Cooley) - could have used a couple more guys (who'd be in their prime) from that draft.

Posted by: Kev29 | October 22, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Think about it, 90,000 'Skins fans all leaving a Monday Night Game at the end of the first quarter.

Posted by: tzj20874 | October 22, 2009 1:02 PM

Only problem is that there will be 50,000 Skins fans there - 30,000 Eagles fans - and 10,000 empty seats.

Posted by: Kev29 | October 22, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm really surprised to hear people say that coming to DC would be a good career move as a head coach. If it's a big name, I guess the one thing you can say for certain is that he will get MAJOR coin. And maybe that's all someone at the end of their career thinks about or needs. But NO chance a Cowher comes here. Holmgren maybe. PLEASE no on Chucky (he is not that good a coach). Shanahan would be fine I guess.

But seriously, why would they put up with the meddling, the coming to practice every day, the frequent meetings with the coach (to what, game plan???). It'd drive me crazy!

Posted by: carocanesfan | October 22, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and on the Portis trade... I distinctly remember hearing on the radio about the Champ trade and that there was a 2nd rounder involved. I remember thinking, "sweet, if we're gonna lose Baily at least we're getting a good draft pick with the player". I was SHOCKED that we gave up the pick. CRAZY!!! It was highway robbery (and not the only draft pick we have given away for nothing - a 3rd for Brunell right before he was cut, a 2nd for Jason Taylor - who was out of favor with Parcells, the pickS for the BLloyd, etc etc etc) Is it ANY wonder we're in the position we are as a team????

I do wish Champ were still here. It would have been hard to keep him (like so many other good/solid players we have lost after their rookie contracts), and we'd had to have paid a ton, but it would be nice about now to have him at corner....

Posted by: carocanesfan | October 22, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

One last thing....

Would ANYONE challenge me if I were to say that the Redskins would be in a much better position today if Marty ball had stayed around in DC???? If HE had been the one making player/personnel decisions over the past 5-10 years???

Talk about stupid firings! But at least we got the ol' ball coach instead!

Posted by: carocanesfan | October 22, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

The walk-out idea is a pretty good one... At this point anything to send the little guy a message is a good idea. It sucks so bad that we have to go through this. Not only do our local and national politics fail us, the one thing we could all agree on is failing us. Why??? Money, the downfall of American society and the Washington Redskins. Hope you had fun on our dime Dan. F' OFF and contract Hep C or Herpes, something non leathal that will haunt you for the rest of your life.

Posted by: murphyz | October 22, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

" ... What's MORE desirable than the Redskins situation, where Dan Snyder is going to spend whatever it takes in a market where there are no limitations on what one owner can spend? ...." - Scheffter

Who says this can go on in an unlimited fashion forever? The Owner may be atop a huge media/communications empire, but the assets of that empire are not necessarily retaining value (Six Flags stock anyone?). His initial ownership bid was so heavily leveraged that the JumboTron takes up only one third the space available for it. The other two thirds are advertising. What says that The Owner doesn't have an economic imperative to charge $8 for a beer @ FedEx and $25 to park to watch Training Camp. Maybe he's not just sucking up revenue and profit ... maybe he's just in a futile cycle of debt service payments. Its not like that type of accounting and business "planning" hasn't led to MASSIVE disruptions in the economy recently (and over the past couple of decades).

I wouldn't buy what Schefter is selling with a forensic accounting of The Owner's books. He's whitewashing for Shanahan who doesn't want to look stupid for taking the job.

Posted by: dcsween | October 22, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Snyder will have unprotected sex with Pam Anderson while hanging out in California with Tom Cruise and all our problems will be solved. God Bless!

Posted by: c_e_daniel | October 22, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

The whole uncapped year thing is getting kind of overblown. Why do people think that (a) Snyder is the only rich owner in the NFL, and (b) that he'll just be able to buy every player he wants? Jerry Jones, Bob Kraft, the dude that owns the Bucs, Rooney - all rich guys, and those are just the ones I can name off the top of my head. You think they aren't going to spend too?
____________________________________________
Dan Snyder is just one of 32 billionaires or hundred millionaires that owns NFL teams. An unoffical top ten I've found lists him a tenth
1. Paul Allen, Seattle Seahawks
Net worth: $16.8 billion

2. Malcolm Glazer, Tampa Bay Bucs
Net worth: $2.5 billion

3. Wayne Huizenga, (former) Miami Dolphins
Net Worth: $2.5 billion

4. Randolph Lerner, Cleveland Browns
Net Worth: $1.6 billion

5. Robert McNair, Houston Texans
Net Worth: $1.5 billion

6. Arthur Blank, Atlanta Falcons
Net Worth: $1.5 billion

7. Jerry Jones, Dallas Cowboys
Net Worth: $1.5 billion

8. Robert Kraft, New England Patriots
Net Worth: $1.4 billion

9. Steve Bisciotti, Baltimore Ravens
Net Worth: $1.3 billion

10. Daniel Snyder , Washington Redskins
Net Worth: $1 billion

Dan Snyder's entire net worth is tied to the Redskins as well. Face it, if spending money were all that is required in an uncapped year, the Seahawks would OWN the rest of the league for years to come.

Posted by: jbanks979 | October 22, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Where was all this when the Skins were in the playoffs in 05' and 07'?

Why no walkouts then? Why no cries for boycotts then?

I'm stil with em' (even though the team's a joke!)

Posted by: rickyroge | October 22, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Think about it, 90,000 'Skins fans all leaving a Monday Night Game at the end of the first quarter.

Posted by: tzj20874 | October 22, 2009 1:02 PM

Only problem is that there will be 50,000 Skins fans there - 30,000 Eagles fans - and 10,000 empty seats.

Posted by: Kev29 | October 22, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

1 - many fans will just be arriving at the end of the first quarter due to traffic.

2 - many fans will stay to boo/cheer vick when he comes in in the second half to mop up for DMcnabb

3- i think the BMitch ceremony is at halftime anyway

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | October 22, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I wonder would all of this time be spent on the Redskins if they were winning??? They lose this year and now they are terrible for the last twenty years???

What are you clowns talking about? I didn't hear any of this in 05 and 07 when they made the playoffs. But now every butt with a hole has some bad to say.

The coach in Denver (McDaniel?) was a train reck until the team started winning huh.......

Posted by: punchdaclock | October 22, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

REDSKINS ANNOUNCE “PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM” PROMOTION

With several thousand tickets left to sell and facing up to the prospect of several thousand more no shows for Monday night's football game, the Washington Redskins are pulling out all of the stops to attract more fans for the visiting team through a special “Philadelphia Freedom” promotional event.

The event will feature several special musical guests, as well as the world premiere of the first five minutes of a much-anticipated new documentary drama about another music icon. Everyone attending will be encouraged to wear either the Philadelphia team colors or basic black –- in commemoration of the recent death of Michael Jackson.

Bruce Springsteen will launch the special halftime show with his Academy Award winning “Streets of Philadelphia,” the theme song from the movie about a homosexual lawyer who fights on despite suffering from AIDS. Next up, gay music icon Elton John will sing “Philadelphia Freedom,” a song he dedicated to tennis icon Billie Jean King. Finally, in a special promotional crossover with Paramount Pictures, Hollywood actor and team toadie Tom Cruise will introduce a five-minute film clip from the soon to be released “This Is It,” the much anticipated film about the final days of the musically gifted but sexually ambiguous Michael Jackson.

In other team news, Redskins Head Coach Jim Zorn has decided to alternate quarterback play during Monday night’s game -- and start Tom Collins for the first half, and wait until the second half to give Jason Campbell the football.

Zorn explained, “I think we have established beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jason’s play in the first half of all of our games has been downright atrocious, while it’s only marginally better in the second half. So we’ll make it easier for him and ask him to just focus on being ready for the second half.”

He continued, “We’re also hoping that with all of this music we’re piping into the locker room from the halftime show, Jason might find it easier to get into his rhythm too.”

The coach also unveiled plans for the upcoming by-week that will follow the expected loss to the Eagles. Recognizing that the team wasted nearly all its pre-season training time simply trying to decide whether to cut third strign quarterback prospects Colt Brennan or Chase Daniel (both of whom have since left the team) –- while also resting all of the starters and primary backups, Zorn has decided that his team needs to “go back to basics” and “focus on fundamentals.”

Therefore he has scheduled two-a-day practice sessions for the next two weeks to focus on the fundamentals of blocking, tackling, running, passing and personal physical conditioning.

However, team prima donnas Clinton Portis and Albert Haynesworth have already declined to participate, explaining that as overpriced veterans who enjoy a “special relationship” with team owner Dan Snyder, they “don nede no eff-in practis.”

Posted by: Vic1 | October 22, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I understand where your coming from BUT! I don't think any of these guys had to worry about being better off because it didn't MATTER! They don't ever need to work again or prove any thing to any one but them selves. Dan Snyder made them BETTER OFF!

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | October 22, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who thinks that the Skins coaching job is attractive is naive. Why do you think that Zorn is the coach in the first place?

Posted by: lauther266 | October 22, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Who cares at this point what Snyder does. I am a fan of football first, I love the Redskins but this jerk is not going to ruin my love for the game.

Posted by: TheBeatDontStop | October 22, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Note to 'Homers': We fans LOVE the team but HATE the Ownership/Management.

Our frames may be Burgundy and Gold, but our glasses are clear.

Know the DIFFERENCE

Posted by: kahlua87 | October 22, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

adam schefter is a retard

Posted by: BMACattack | October 23, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

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