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Shanahan on Portis, minicamp impressions, use of 3-4 defense

After his first minicamp as coach of the Redskins, Mike Shanahan spoke about his first impressions of the roster he inherited, the quarterback he acquired in a trade and the changes the franchise faces as it looks to rebound from a 4-12 season.

This weekend was the first time Shanahan had seen the Redskins in live action since he was hired as coach, and it also marked the first days with a new starting quarterback, Donovan McNabb, leading the offense.

Shanahan said he was impressed, as expected, by the natural leadership abilities of McNabb, but that the veteran quarterback was adjusting as he settles into a new system.

"Donovan has done a great job since he's been here," Shanahan said. "It's always a learning situation any time you come in. It's like learning a new language any time you have a different system, even though some of the terminology is the same, there's a lot of differences in what we do and what Philly has done through the years. But he's a worker, he's come out here and he's really thrown the ball well and he's looking forward for him getting to know the system a little bit better and getting more comfortable with the system as we go through these OTAs [organized team activities]."

Shanahan said he was impressed by several players during the three days of voluntary practice - though he wouldn't divulge who had caught his eye - and also acknowledged that a turnaround shouldn't be expected during the offseason, or a three-day minicamp.
Asked about running back Clinton Portis, Shanahan praised the veteran for his work over the offseason and this weekend and later touched on whether the Redskins would employ a running-back-by-committee system with the addition of veterans Larry Johnson and Willie Parker.

"I think the end result is you want a productive running game," he said. "The experiences I've had through the past is we've done it different ways. We've had a 2,000-yard back, we've had a 1,750-yard back, we've had a 1,500-yard back and we've had a 2,500-yard back with three guys doing it. So [it's] who gets it done, it really doesn't matter if you're doing three guys, one guy or two guys, you want to be productive in the running game, that's the bottom line. It's just not yards; it's yards per attempt."

Shanahan also discussed the Redskins' shift to a 3-4 base formation on defense, emphasizing that the unit also will work out of a four-man front and saying it was a philosophy he has wanted to use for some time.

"It's been very successful and if you take a look from an offensive perspective it's much harder to prepare for," Shanahan said. "You're not really sure who's coming a lot of different variations you can do at least from my perspective with a three-man front and a four-man front to really keep an offense off balance."

By Paul Tenorio  |  April 18, 2010; 3:58 PM ET
Categories:  Mike Shanahan , Minicamp  
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Comments

Didn't you guys ask Shanahan any questions about Albert Haynesworth? What's the matter with you guys?

Posted by: League-Source | April 18, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Frak is a giant retarded bag of ass wind. That is all...

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 18, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Its still conjecture Mohammed.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | April 18, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Can you repeat that please? lol

Posted by: ga8085 | April 18, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Frak is a giant retarded bag of ass wind. That is all...

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 18, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

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I second that emotion!

Posted by: eaglesrule | April 18, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan is sayin all the right things.

Whateves...

Posted by: Chia_Pet | April 18, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

On the 3-4

"It's been very successful and if you take a look from an offensive perspective it's much harder to prepare for," Shanahan said. "You're not really sure who's coming a lot of different variations you can do at least from my perspective with a three-man front and a four-man front to really keep an offense off balance."

That's chatta for the uneducated.

What a hybrid scheme allows is for the defensive coordinator to create specific packages so specific players can be put into position to make plays.

It confuses protection calls as the front can shift just before a quarterback starts his cadence.

Finally, it is a challenge to prepare for, is aggressive, and the change should pay back dividends in terms of sacks and turnovers.

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 18, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

It's sad that Portis can't speak a literate sentence...but I digress...

...I knew Portis would come in with a chip on his shoulder, which makes him better.

Posted by: rickyroge | April 18, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

@eaglesrule

in the words of Axl Rose..."why'nt you just...F__K OFF!"

Posted by: terrapin3 | April 18, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Didn't you guys ask Shanahan any questions about Albert Haynesworth? What's the matter with you guys?

Posted by: League-Source | April 18, 2010 4:04 PM |

Why would they do that? They can just find some "people familiar with the situation" or make some sh!t up.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 18, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

I second that emotion!

Posted by: eaglesrule

Eat butt. The eagles fans are the only thing worse than the decision by the team to trade McNabb. Andy Reid will have a heart attack sometime this season and Kolb will break his leg.
Frak isn't perfect by any measure but you and ur team duck sick!

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | April 18, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

"Fast Willie will be our leading rusher this year. I'm guessing 1200 yards."

I'd take Portis--800 yards and Parker--800 yards plus receiving yards.

We're talking about a two man running attack, so you really want balanced outcome.

And as for L Johnson, if the choice is between him and a good looking rookie you find, who do you pick?

The rookie, of course.

Parker and Portis will be a nice tandem this Fall.

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 18, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Why would they do that? They can just find some "people familiar with the situation" or make some sh!t up.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 18, 2010 4:16 PM

i'm just glad to see any post unrelated to JC/Haynesworth.

they're like the cutler ones last year. they give me a headache.

Posted by: terrapin3 | April 18, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I second that emotion!

Posted by: eaglesrule

Eat butt. The eagles fans are the only thing worse than the decision by the team to trade McNabb. Andy Reid will have a heart attack sometime this season and Kolb will break his leg.
Frak isn't perfect by any measure but you and ur team duck sick!

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | April 18, 2010 4:18 PM |

I second that emotion

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 18, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

And as for L Johnson, if the choice is between him and a good looking rookie you find, who do you pick?

The rookie, of course.
osted by: MistaMoe

Without a doubt Shanny is good a picking good backs at good value. Our running game will improve dramatically with the rb's and pending oline acquisitions.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | April 18, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

beeps beeps

Posted by: terrapin3 | April 18, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

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