Snyder: Shanahan will "retire a Redskin"
Mike Shanahan is Daniel Snyder's seventh head coach in 12 years. Snyder recently suggested that this will be the last change for a while.
"Mike is going to be like Joe [Gibbs]," Snyder said in one final quote to the Hogs Haven bloggers. "He's going to retire a Redskin. This will be a great decade."
It's a strong quote, and no one would argue that a little stability out in Ashburn would probably be a good thing. There have also been all sorts of quotes about how Shanahan's discipline and order is just what the team needed after the Zorn years. Here was Fred Davis on the Junkies, when they asked him if Zorn was a buffoon.
"I don't want to say that, but I'll just say this: it's definitely a lot better management," Davis said. "Everything seems organized, everybody's following leaders, and I think that's what's most important about a team. If you don't got your players following you, then it's not gonna really work. I think everybody's following Coach Shanahan. They know he means business, and we want to win. We feel confident with him that it can happen."
So the implication is that leadership and order and discipline is what brings win. And maybe it does. But as Joseph White from the AP masterfully pointed out earlier in the week, whatever coach the Redskins have hired over the last decade has always been just what was needed, bouncing from one extreme to the other. These are all quotes from before the coach in question coached his first game with the Redskins.
"You want somebody that's demanding and has the discipline and gets the respect of the players," Jeff George said. "And I'm not so sure we had that here last year."
"He's a strict coach, a real strict coach," cornerback Champ Bailey said. "Everything happens on time. When he says to expect something, it happens. I think it will help us."
"It's more to the point," Cory Raymer said. "It's more enthusiastic."
"He's done everything I expected and then some," Snyder said. "He's brought clarity, vision, professionalism and integrity to the football team. I finally have complete confidence because this is my coaching staff with people with my stamp on it. Marty is my stamp."
"It's more laid-back," linebacker Kevin Mitchell said before Spurrier's first year. "Instead of somebody telling you what to do, it's more 'I'll leave it up to you.' It's up to you to get yourself in shape, and it's up to you to do all the other things, be on time. We're all adults now. It's your job, and you've got to take care of your job and your responsibilities."
"'It's a totally different atmosphere," defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson said. ''It's a relaxed working atmosphere. Guys are excited to come over here and practice and run around."
"'There is definitely a sense of camaraderie and support behind Spurrier," Renaldo Wynn said. ''If you have a bunch of guys who believe in what you do, that's where success starts. And all the guys that I know of, they definitely believe in Spurrier and they see it as a positive as far as his whole approach to not wanting to beat up players."
"I just think Coach Gibbs is handling things in the best manner you can possibly do it," linebacker LaVar Arrington said. "He's kept problems out of the media, he's rectified problems and made this team better by stressing discipline. I can't speak enough on him and the coaching staff and how they have conducted things. I think they're doing it the right way."
"Guys were laughing and joking around before the meeting last night. When he came in, everybody shut up," Chris Samuels said. "He's a disciplinarian coach and that's what we desperately needed here.
"When Joe Gibbs arrived, this whole building changed. The attitude of every player changed. I know people are going to doubt that. I'm just telling you it's true," said safety Matt Bowen. "You see it in everything from who shows up and how often for their offseason conditioning programs to the way you pay attention to detail in meetings."
"Nothing against the people before, but these kids were starving to be badgered," Joe Bugel said. "They want somebody to keep after 'em, show 'em things."
"Coach Gibbs was an intense individual," center Casey Rabach said. "He wanted everything perfect, always so focused on the goal. Not saying that Coach Z isn't as competitive or intense, but he's got a different way of going about it. He can make a joke, he can keep it a little bit light, and people aren't on pins and needles around him."
"He's not going to get too excited, he's not going to get too down," Greg Blache said. "He just zips along. Consequently the players respond that way. They start to emulate the head coach. He's an exceptional leader. He's done a great job with this team attitude-wise. I think the guys are responding. I think the guys are enjoying it. They're having fun at practice. He generates a great optimism."
"Coach Gibbs was a great coach, but he tended to worry," Clinton Portis said. "Coach Zorn is just going to let it rip. It's going to be a more relaxed setting. There will be more opportunity to open it up and spread it out. There won't be people pulling at each other about whatever the call is going to be."
"I'm all about organization and structure," linebacker Brian Orakpo said. "Last year was a mess."
"He's not loosey-goosey like Zorn,"Rabach said. "He definitely has his script, where he has a plan laid out."
"[I'm] having fun. Football is having fun," Portis said. "Coach [Mike] Shanahan says he's the one under pressure. Go out and play and do the things he asks you to do and have fun. Having everything at a professional level makes it easier. All the pressure's gone. We can just come in and go play."
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