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Shanahan outlines expectations for Redskins players

After finishing his group media session today at the scouting combine, Mike Shanahan spoke briefly to a smaller gathering of reporters and then conducted one-on-one interviews for more than 30 minutes. He did a lot more stuff than I expected, especially for someone who previously had had little media availability at combines.

With Shanahan having talked so much, we'll write several blog posts throughout the day (as soon as Rick Maese transcribes our tapes). But my overall impression is that the cushy days in Ashburn have ended. Shanahan expects every player to totally commit to the offseason conditioning program, which begins March 15 at Redskins Park.

"I think it's very important for them to understand that the team comes first," Shanahan said from the lectern.

I received several texts from players last night after they learned Shanahan has scheduled three minicamps, two of which (April 16-18 and May 7-9) will occur on weekends. (The final minicamp is scheduled for June 16-18.) Offseason life was far easier under former coach Jim Zorn.

Of course, the Redskins are coming off consecutive last-place finishes in the NFC East, so it seems the time is right for everyone to increase their efforts.

"It's a long process, the offseason program. It's not easy," Shanahan said. "There's a lot of hard work involved. I think it's very important to show your teammates how you work and how dedicated you are to the program."

Shanahan did not single out players, preferring to speak generally about the level of dedication he expects. And participation in the offseason conditioning program is optional.

But from listening to Shanahan, I got the sense that players are either all in or headed out of the organization. Which brought me to running back Clinton Portis and safety LaRon Landry.

Portis's aversion to working out in Ashburn during the offseason is well documented. Landry stirred frustration in the organization the past two seasons because of his lack of involvement in a few things. Shanahan says everyone has a clean slate with him - but
the clock is running now.

Not surprisingly, the subject of Redskins quarterbacks came up many times. Shanahan confirmed the team plans to tender Jason Campbell a contract, which wasn't a news flash. Although many Redskins fans are eager for a change at quarterback, the reality is it would be foolish of the new regime not to tender Campbell, who is the best quarterback on the roster. Even if the Redskins hope Campbell leaves for another team as a restricted free agent, why not receive draft compensation for him?

Campbell's minimum tender amount would be $3.14 million, according to a league source. If the Redskins increased the offer to $3.268 million, they would receive first- and third-round compensation. Last season, Campbell had a salary of a little more than $2.857 million.

"I do expect him to be here," Shanahan said of Campbell.

Before last season, Zorn was not high on Colt Brennan, whom the team considered releasing before he went on the season-ending injured-reserve list, according to sources familiar with the situation. Brennan, however, possesses the type of swagger/cockiness Shanahan likes in his quarterbacks. Shanahan would not comment on whether the team plans to select a quarterback with the No. 4 overall pick.

"I haven't had a chance to see anybody except Jason play, except for a couple of preseason games," Shanahan said. "Obviously, we'll have to go through a couple of minicamps and see how people fit into the system. We're going to play the best players."

The offensive line is among Shanahan's main areas of concern. Pro Bowl left tackle Chris Samuels has told many within the organization he plans to retire because of severe neck problems. The Redskins are in contract talks with the agent for dependable center Casey Rabach, who could become an unrestricted free agent next week. The Redskins lack top-tier players and depth along the offense line.

The unrestricted free-agent market isn't considered especially strong. The Redskins have a top-five pick and also currently hold selections in the second, fourth, fifth and seventh rounds, so they are expected to focus on the line in the draft.

"When you take a look at the offensive line, first of all, there were a lot of injuries," Shanahan said. "You lose your left tackle in Samuels. You lose your [right] guard in [Randy] Thomas. You have injuries throughout the season. That was a battered group."

In Daniel Snyder's 11 seasons as owner, the Redskins have missed the playoffs eight times. They finished last in the NFC East three of the past four seasons. And for only the second time since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, Washington last season failed to win a game against a division rival.

Next season will be the 20th anniversary of the Redskins' last Super Bowl appearance and title. In winding down his comments before the main group of reporters, Shanahan acknowledged the hard work ahead of him.

"Everybody knows the NFC East and what type of football teams we have. You've got to be at the top of your game," Shanahan said. "You can't have any weaknesses. It'll be a challenge for us to get this organization back to where it's been. ... That's our goal. To get us back to where we've been."

By Jason Reid  |  February 26, 2010; 2:04 PM ET
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Comments

Sounds like a paln to me

Posted by: CheyenneWY | February 26, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Hells yeah.

Posted by: Original_etrod | February 26, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

totally sounds like a paln.

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | February 26, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Wow...Just WOW!!!

Clausen has been compared to Phillip Rivers?!?!?!?!!!?

Give me a friggin break!

Posted by: 4thFloor | February 26, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Ok, well explain then why he's not like Phillip Rivers when they have the same release, similar demeanor, and a similar pre draft ranking?

Then you'll get your break.

Posted by: CapsXXVI | February 26, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Poop

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | February 26, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Sorry bout that, I got Friday fingers I guess.

Posted by: CheyenneWY | February 26, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Nice Shanny...tell all these soft players to suck it up and work hard during the offseason

Posted by: kickass10101 | February 26, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I like it...Go hard or go home! Which means, bye bye Portis!

Posted by: chaos47 | February 26, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Ok, well explain then why he's not like Phillip Rivers when they have the same release, similar demeanor, and a similar pre draft ranking?

Then you'll get your break.

Posted by: CapsXXVI | February 26, 2010 2:23 PM

Tell me how they have the same release?

I saw plenty of Rivers in college and you can tell he was a winner.

Clausen? Never been a winner. Only can get the ball to clutch players (Tate). He has shown nothing. IMHO, Tebow should be ranked ahead of him. And McCoy. And Pike.

Posted by: 4thFloor | February 26, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Poop

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | February 26, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Now thats what I'm talking about.

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | February 26, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan is going to change a lot of stuff, but I think he's best served by looking at this as a 2 year makeover. I'm not sure you can remake the OL, upgrade at QB, fix the secondary, get younger at RB and transfer to a 3-4 in one offseason.

fwiw, I operate on the theory that its really the top 30 players that you need to focus on. Those 30 players will be on your team an average of 5-6 years. So a team will need to replace 5-6 players a year.

As I see it, Shanahan is going to replace 15-18 of the top 30 players within 2 years -- I suspect he's identified most of those people already.

I'm not sure how he prioritizes the changes, but we'll know a lot more by the tiome the draft is over.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | February 26, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

The more I hear Shanny speak,the more I like!!!..The more I hate Zorn and his Sheriff of Mayberry ways...I dont care if he was a great guy and a first class dude. HE was brought here to win, and not only did he lose, he left us worse than we were before his arrival.. He will burn down Flacco and be shown the fool that he is.

Posted by: ocskins | February 26, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

The more I hear Shanny speak,the more I like!!!..The more I hate Zorn and his Sheriff of Mayberry ways...I dont care if he was a great guy and a first class dude. HE was brought here to win, and not only did he lose, he left us worse than we were before his arrival.. He will burn down Flacco and be shown the fool that he is.

Posted by: ocskins | February 26, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan expects every player to totally commit to the offseason conditioning program, which begins March 15 at Redskins Park.

By Jason Reid | February 26, 2010; 2:04 PM ET

Well, that's the East Coast contingent at Redskins Park. I feel confident that Nate will have the PDX crew fully commited to the PDX conditioning three-a-days: Voodoo donuts, first thing in the morning; pecan pie at lunch; microbrew -- and lots of it -- in the late afternoon.

Cushy days are over in Ashburn, but they're just getting started in the PDX.

Posted by: League-Source | February 26, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone just hear JLC suggest that Vinny Cerrato could still have Dan Snyders ear and that could impact their decision to draft a guy like Clausen due to the ties at Notre Dame?

I mean come on I know you don't like the guy and neither do I but what kind of reporting is this? I think the organization has made it pretty clear that Vinny is gone. Face it JLC Snyder did the right thing.

Posted by: CapsXXVI | February 26, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

zcezcest1,

I know you.

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | February 26, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

LS,
We have a ODA scheduled for Monday PM.
Gotta keep those elbow muscles loose even in the off-season.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | February 26, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Heck, if Shanahan wants there guys in shape, he ought to have them shovel the road into Redskins Park.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | February 26, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Poop is brown as in the St. Louis and Cleveland Browns ... also known as the Orioles and Ravens.

Posted by: periculum | February 26, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

caps, if he did indeed say that, the NFL Network should call him on it, and ask him to share where he might have gotten that information....otherwise he comes across as bitter and petulant....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | February 26, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

What does Shanahan expects of Campbell?
1) To understand differences between seconds and minutes.
2) To recognized at least one of his receivers
3) To find that receiver in the field of play
4) To understand the people wearing different uniforms are the opponents
5) To throw the ball to a receiver using the same uniform as him
6) To stop thinking he is as good as Gibbs told him he was.

Posted by: hock1 | February 26, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Of course Vinny still has Snidely's ear? What else did you expect? And who do you think has been feeding Kiper the stoopid rumors about the #4 pick?

The guy won't dry up and go away ... hopefully Shanahan and Allen will be permitted to ignore the guy by simply stating: "He had his chance, look what happened."

Posted by: periculum | February 26, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone just hear JLC suggest that Vinny Cerrato could still have Dan Snyders ear and that could impact their decision to draft a guy like Clausen due to the ties at Notre Dame?

I mean come on I know you don't like the guy and neither do I but what kind of reporting is this? I think the organization has made it pretty clear that Vinny is gone. Face it JLC Snyder did the right thing.

Posted by: CapsXXVI | February 26, 2010 2:42 PM |
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funny..this comes up.. Today is Vinny's official last day at The Park.

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | February 26, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Tell me how they have the same release?

I saw plenty of Rivers in college and you can tell he was a winner.

Clausen? Never been a winner. Only can get the ball to clutch players (Tate). He has shown nothing. IMHO, Tebow should be ranked ahead of him. And McCoy. And Pike.

Posted by: 4thFloor | February 26, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

On the release, look for yourself. It's a 3 quarters release. Theres slight variations but the releases are basically the same.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGHzJo8Bc5k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xly7-B-omCw

On not being a winner: For starters football is a team game so giving wins to a QB is quite arbitrary in and of itself. Notre Dame rarely lost last year, if ever, because Clausen didn't come to play, that blame rest solely on the defense.

Jimmy Clausen has multiple game winning drives the most noteable coming against Purdue which you can see in the highlight tape posted earlier. Jason as much as I like him has something like a 60 or 70 QB rating in the fourth Quarter. I also can't remember the last time he led us on a game winning drive. Maybe against the Saints in 2008.

Still I'll be comfortable with whatever the front office chooses so long as it's within reason.

Posted by: CapsXXVI | February 26, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

what a novel concept, expect people who are paid a king's ransom to do their jobs and be committed to the organization, to play the players who actually perform the best not just get paid the most, were drafted the highest or are the best athlete, and to understand that depth is important.....

Posted by: zjfr2 | February 26, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Vinny is doing Clausen a favor by keeping his name in the mix in the upper first round.

Vinny and Kiper are good friends. And that's how Kiper attached Clausen's name to the skins @ #4. But that's just a bone Vinny threw to his agent.

Vinny worked at ND, but didn't go there. And still has alot of football connections. But, no way Clausen is going to Skins @ #4.

And Yes...Vinny still has Danny's ear. I was the 1st up here to point out that Sherm Lewis was a direct order from Shanny.

Posted by: 4thFloor | February 26, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

zcezcest1,

I know you.

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse

Great, can you help me? I can't pronounce my name.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | February 26, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

The coach is saying the right things... but the proof of his commitment will come from his actions.

I want to see what happens the first time that CP26 questions his wisdom, AH92 does his "beached whale" routine, or JC17 beans a fan in the third tier with a screen pass.

Posted by: Vic1 | February 26, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I like it...Go hard or go home! Which means, bye bye Portis!

Posted by: chaos47 | February 26, 2010 2:31 PM

Tanner?? Is that you? I always knew your brother didn't like Portis.

He's right tho, Portis will not be on the 53 man roster.

Posted by: Diesel44 | February 26, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

AH is in for a very rude awakening. The Broncos under Shanahan were known for their tough training camps and working their linemen harder than most.

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | February 26, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

or JC17 beans a fan in the third tier with a screen pass.

Posted by: Vic1 | February 26, 2010 3:00 PM
===========================================================================
Or, with 2 seconds left in a game, a 15 yards out of bounds, Hail Mary that cannot be intercepted and hurt his QB rating.

jus saying...not haten'

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | February 26, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

"I received several texts from players last night after they learned Shanahan has scheduled three minicamps, two of which (April 16-18 and May 7-9) will occur on weekends."

JReid, regarding the tone of the texts, were the players angry? Disappointed? Motivated?

Posted by: DCDRT | February 26, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I was wondering that too, what did the texts say? Are the players happy or unhappy? Who were the unhappy ones if any?

Posted by: zjfr2 | February 26, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan for prez... sounds like the rebirth of Jim Zorn..I have to see it, before I believe it..

Posted by: taylormade218 | February 26, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

JReid, regarding the tone of the texts, were the players angry? Disappointed? Motivated?

Posted by: DCDRT

"tone of the texts" taken literally, is very abstract

Posted by: zcezcest1 | February 26, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Great, can you help me? I can't pronounce my name.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | February 26, 2010 3:00 PM |


Che-chesty-one.

Posted by: SonofNero | February 26, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

just tha thought of campbell soup still being around is making me sick..geez, I thought soup was suppose to be good 4 u..

Posted by: taylormade218 | February 26, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan for prez... sounds like the rebirth of Jim Zorn..I have to see it, before I believe it..

Posted by: taylormade218 | February 26, 2010 3:08 PM

Go read Stefan Fatsis' book, "A Few Seconds of Panic" about his experience as a place kicker in the Broncos' training camp. Fascinating book.

Posted by: League-Source | February 26, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

just tha thought of campbell soup still being around is making me sick..geez, I thought soup was suppose to be good 4 u..

Posted by: taylormade218 | February 26, 2010 3:12 PM

If you drink it, yes. If you take it from a Fleet's enema, not so much.

Posted by: League-Source | February 26, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Caps - I ain't watching no QB highlights. Don't care about releases, and such as....

I am not an expert. But I go with the gut....And my gut tells me he's going to be mediocre like his older and younger bros....

Posted by: 4thFloor | February 26, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

If you drink it, yes. If you take it from a Fleet's enema, not so much.

Posted by: League-Source | February 26, 2010 3:18 PM

Nah, too easy.

Posted by: Diesel44 | February 26, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

I thought it was pronounced Zeke, with a bunch of silent letters...

Posted by: Curzon417 | February 26, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry to interrupt your regularly scheculed Friday afternoons....but I just came across the most hysterical video...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXkh9TYrZCw

MUST SEE....

I Rock Oneses, Not 2ses

Posted by: 4thFloor | February 26, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

I am not an expert. But I go with the gut....And my gut tells me he's going to be mediocre like his older and younger bros....

Posted by: 4thFloor | February 26, 2010 3:20 PM

Since you like comparisons so much here is who a scout compared Tony "tooth" Pick too...Todd Collins.

Posted by: Diesel44 | February 26, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Go read Stefan Fatsis' book, "A Few Seconds of Panic" about his experience as a place kicker in the Broncos' training camp. Fascinating book.

Posted by: League-Source

I've heard the guy interviewed -- seemed like he had a lot for respect for Shanahan. Something about if he makes a kick, the team gets to cut practice short. He missed and Shanahan gives him a 2nd chance, which he makes.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | February 26, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Did you mean Pike?

Posted by: 4thFloor | February 26, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

chirp chirp

Posted by: Curzon417 | February 26, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

For all the idiots that are suggesting that Vinny f-ing Cerrato still has Snyder's "ear", do you have any proof of this claim other than your own opinion (why would anyone think that anyway is beyond me) or what that deuchenozzle Jason La Canfora said?

Yeah, I didn't think so.

Posted by: RedDMV | February 26, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Since you like comparisons so much here is who a scout compared Tony "tooth" Pick too...Todd Collins.

Posted by: Diesel44 | February 26, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

You kind of have to wonder what would have happened to Todd Collins if he was drafted into a west coast offense from the get go instead of a power run offense. He does lack arm strength but he has a quick release and is accurate. I bet he would have been successful.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | February 26, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

I hope Shanny is just going to tender JC so he can trade him and/or get compensation for him. 5 years of JC is enough! If he was any good, he would have shown something by now and he hasn't. TRADE HIM!

Posted by: KurtShanaman | February 26, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I think JC will make a great backup QB!

posted this yesterday:

I know I've gone back & forth a few times on QB issue... The thing that I keep coming back to is this. I watched almost every Notre Dame game this year & every time Notre Dame needed to come back & get points... Clausen brought them back, then the defense would blow the game.

I just hope he blows Shanny away during his Notre Dame pro day & interviews. I have him rated higher than Bradford, simply for the way he handles the last 5 minutes of a football game, dude has ice in his veins. Everyone keeps saying to wait until next year on QB... If Shanny decides JC is not his guy then we need to figure out which one of these young guns is. Considering Cutler's personality & Elway's personality from what I have read... This seems like Shanny's type... A BIG COCKY ARROGANT QB!

Yes, O-line is the Redskins biggest need, but you can find these guys. I'm just so tired of watching Peyton, Brees, Rodgers, and Rivers (among others) eat up defenses before the ball is even snapped... Then we watch JC constantly being indecisive & getting sacked because he didn't recognize the coverage before the ball was snapped.

I would rather the Redskins put a ton of $$ into a face of the franchise QB than some O-lineman. I just don't see how Clausen would be a failure, considering he was running pro offense of Charlie Weiss. Clausen is not Brady Quinn, I think he's much better. Dude had a 7 TD - 1 int ratio... That is protecting the football.

Posted by: tony325 | February 26, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Shannahan, as you would expect, sounds a lot smarter than some of these draft prognosticators. Whether he's on the Campbell doesn't quite have it or Campbell is a superstar waiting for support side of the fence, he knows that taking a QB or RB and sticking them behind the current line is a wasted year. Campbell had some success without a line and Portis is still able to walk after a few years behind a line missing pieces, so why not throw them back out there behind a newly drafted line? Once the line is in place, the team can worry about whether Campbell is the answer or Portis will be a good influence during a SB run.

Posted by: zickzack | February 26, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

GO Shanny....beat these boys into shape!!

Posted by: GoonieGooGoo | February 26, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Comparing Jimmy Clausen to Phillip Rivers is comical .... especially if — as some suspect — Clausen measures in closer to 6-1 than his advertised 6-3.

Posted by: DC2Dallas | February 26, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Zorn wanted to get rid of Brennan. That's the main reason Zorn is not there. I said all along, you pick JC, you're gone. Obviously, zorn can't see talent or definitely teach talent. Good ridance.

Posted by: leongtennis | February 26, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Jimmy Clausen is one QB I wouldn't touch with a 39 1/2 foot pole. The dude has a torn ligament in his toe so he can't work out for teams and he had one season worth talking about in ND, the rest were average. He also looks like a cabbage patch doll in his helmet. lol. I wouldn't take Bradford with a top 10 pick either because of the shoulder injury, I think any team that does is really taking a huge, huge risk.

Posted by: avbanig | February 26, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

ok I'm halfway through this post and I couldnt wait to say, shanny didn't single anyone out because he's a head coach not some d bag blog writer.

" many redskins fans want a change at qb" ?? Well the RI poll earlier this week indicated that 80% do not want to draft a qb. Read your own stuff knuckle brain

Posted by: pabrian2003 | February 26, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Reading that Shanny likes swagger while Zorn cautions Colt "he better not have a swagger" after break out game at the HOF, going 9-10, two TDs, 123 yards in 2 quarters. I;m sure Colt was estatic after the beating he took in the Sugar Bowl and his draft stock dropped in the draft, but very encouraging words from Z huh????
CC with Leongtennis....good ridance!

Posted by: GoSk1ns | February 26, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Landry is a JOKE!! Cut him now.

Posted by: Section104 | February 27, 2010 1:18 AM | Report abuse

No it doesn't sound like a plan or a "paln" or whatever. Or the constant cries for this one or that one to go. Sometimes as I read I can see that many posters here just like to vote present. I get it that some of you dont have jobs or nothing better to do. Serious coments please or go back on the couch. In the mean time this, as all real Redskins fans realize is a notice, a changing of the guard, and a statement. The team is taking over where they left off in 92. So take your "paln" and your "hey, I said something" comments back to the uneployment line. If you manage to keep your lights on and your rent paid, and if RentaCenter doesn't repo your TV, you can still be a part of this.

Posted by: robjway1 | February 27, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

I like this guy already. Smarter than Vinny, Jim, and Danny put together.

Posted by: jighazelton | February 27, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I like this guy already. Smarter than Vinny, Jim, and Danny put together.

Posted by: jighazelton | February 27, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

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