Shanahan on his relationship with Dan Snyder
Perhaps my favorite part from the 2009 season of Vinny Cerrato Unplugged came in one of the final episodes, when Cerrato was guaranteeing that Jim Zorn would finish out the season. Before the sun went down on that show, he managed to transition from Zorn's job security to the menu of their lunch meetings with Dan Snyder:
"The frustration is very high, everywhere around here, but the relationships internally within this organization quite frankly remain the same. Later today Dan and I and Jim have our weekly Friday lunch, like we always do, and like Dan's done forever with the head coach, to go over the upcoming game. You know, we'll sit there, we'll have lunch, we'll bring in our pizza or Dan's health food and all this, and chitchat about, you know, 'All right Jim, tell us about the game, what do you think about Philly, what are we gonna do, how are we gonna do this?' You know, and that's what we've always done over time."
It would appear that the Friday lunches are no longer. When Mike Shanahan sat down with Comcast SportsNet's Kelli Johnson for his weekly interview, he was asked how he communicates things like the benching of Donovan McNabb to the guy in the corner office.
"It all depends, it all depends what the situation is," Shanahan said. "I have conversations with Dan, but usually once a week. And you're so busy doing your football stuff, and you're concentrating doing that, that I usually talk to him maybe on a Saturday or after the football game."
"Maybe on a Saturday" or "after the football game" sure sounds a lot better than a weekly Friday lunch to go over the upcoming game. As for the specifics of the McNabb benching, Shanahan said if there were reports about Snyder being unhappy with the move, they hadn't gotten back to him.
"He's always been great with me, been very supportive, so if there were any comments he made, that was off the cuff to somebody else," Shanahan said. "I don't know about it. But he's always told me to do things the way that you think they should be done, and he's got the confidence in me to do it the right way, and he wants to build a football team the right way and an organization the right way. He knows there are gonna be some tough decisions, and to make the best decisions I could possibly make."
So, he was ok with the benching?
"Yeah," Shanahan said. "If he wasn't, he didn't share that with me."
In other McNabb news, the Skins's online store lists 24 available McNabb items, which I believe is more than for any other player. The possibilities include a McNabb plaque, a McNabb pennant, McNabb earrings, a McNabb pint glass, a McNabb shot glass and a McNabb hat pin.
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