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Posted at 5:50 PM ET, 12/22/2010

Mike Shanahan to Clinton Portis: Get well soon

By Rick Maese

On Tuesday Clinton Portis said he felt the benching of Donovan McNabb had "scared" other Redskins players, and Wednesday afternoon, Coach Mike Shanahan offered a terse response to his injured running back.

Here's what Portis, whose season ended early due to a torn abdominal muscle, said during his weekly paid appearance on 106.7 The Fan: "I think it becomes a thing in the locker room like, 'Man, if they bench Donovan, anybody can be benched.' Or, 'Am I next? or 'What's next?' And I think guys start playing for safety."

Following practice Wednesday, Shanahan was asked what he thought about Portis's comments.

"We're going to play the best players regardless of how much money they make or where they're drafted," he said. "We're going to play the best players. We're trying to evaluate the best players. I think Clinton better worry about his stomach and getting well."

By Rick Maese  | December 22, 2010; 5:50 PM ET
 
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Comments

Panties.

Posted by: 4-12 | December 22, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

2nd string QB for $16 million?

Posted by: 4-12 | December 22, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

3rd down conversions must improve.

Posted by: 4-12 | December 22, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

4thFloor...Still a bama.

Posted by: 4-12 | December 22, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

his stomach?

Posted by: MColeman51 | December 22, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

5th win of season likely the last.

Posted by: 4-12 | December 22, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Check this out. I'm pretty much right along with this guy in my thinking. I would add a couple of players such as One Man Gang and AA but that would make 12...not 10.


http://www.homermcfanboy.com/2010/12/22/10-redskins-to-build-around/

Posted by: TheScamp75 | December 22, 2010 4:35 PM

+++++++++++++++++++++

Try to come up with your list of players on this team with 4 years or less of NFL experience to make a top ten list. I tried, and failed miserably.


Cooley
Orakpo
Williams
Bryant
Armstrong
Banks
Riley? (stretch)
Kelly? (dream)
Moore? (stretch)
Capers? (haven't even seen him play)


Posted by: smurff11 | December 22, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

How you like them apples Portis?

Posted by: TheScamp75 | December 22, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

@MColeman51...his stomach?

yea he tore his abdominal muscle and had surgery

Posted by: remarkable4real | December 22, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

10 players on this team? 4 years or less in the league?

first of all, Cooley is old.

What is the point? This team sucks. We have a few new guys that can run in Armstrong and Banks. Maybe Austin. Honestly, I'd just add Trent Williams and Orakpo.

And they better stay on his ass, because, I swear, I get the feeling he wants to put on weight and stay out of shape as soon as possible.

Posted by: Thinker_ | December 22, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

10 players on this team? 4 years or less in the league?

first of all, Cooley is old.

What is the point? This team sucks. We have a few new guys that can run in Armstrong and Banks. Maybe Austin. Honestly, I'd just add Trent Williams and Orakpo.

And they better stay on Williams, because, I swear, I get the feeling he wants to put on weight and stay out of shape as soon as possible.

Posted by: Thinker_ | December 22, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

And they better stay on Williams, because, I swear, I get the feeling he wants to put on weight and stay out of shape as soon as possible.

Posted by: Thinker_ | December 22, 2010 6:34 PM |

I'm sure the coaches are on the edge of their seats waiting to hear what your feelings are about a guy you've never met and will never have any idea who you are.

Posted by: TheScamp75 | December 22, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan's pockets is straight...

Posted by: JoelV | December 22, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan's pockets is straight...

Posted by: JoelV | December 22, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

And they better stay on Williams, because, I swear, I get the feeling he wants to put on weight and stay out of shape as soon as possible.

Posted by: Thinker_ | December 22, 2010 6:34 PM

Yeah, I'm with scamp on this one, Thinker. To what do you attribute this mysterious feeling?

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 22, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 22, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

So where are we at in the 2011 draft order, and who should we draft in rounds 1 and 2?

Posted by: Oogalaboogala | December 22, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

I stopped reading your little link z's when the reporter claimed that McNabb wasn't told about the demotion until he heard about it from reporters. I don't want to read some biased load of crap. Both McNabb and Shanahan recalled the way it happened differently so unless this reporter was in the room when it did or didn't happen then he has no clue what really went down and therefor no credibility.

Posted by: TheScamp75 | December 22, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Did you also hear him say:

"Any more stupid questions? No? Now get out of my office"

Posted by: erthdog | December 22, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse


new heated field, indoor facility, back-up QB with a starters salary. sounds like shanahan has a snyder credit card account.

snyder might want to win badly and spend thru the roof to do so, but a good owner puts together the right peeps that can get the job done. sorry to say the first year in with shanahan and allen has been a major disappointment

give me a solid o-line and a RB like gerhart of the vikings and give me a 4-3 defense redskin style and then we'll be back on track. this WCO and 3-4 crap sucks. time to get back to what we did before bonehead bought the team

pro bowl = pro blow

Posted by: hessone | December 22, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

I LOVE it!! Portis goes to the media as he always does and pipes off with his opinion.... He's the mother of all prima donnas. So Shannahan basically tells him that instead of worrying about what Shannahan is doing (which isn't his place) to worry about making the team - no doubt a shocker to Portis. Yes Cli ton - YOU are in the crosshairs too!!

Posted by: Capitalist-1 | December 22, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

I think Clinton forgot for a moment who his head coach was. He has been recalibrated.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | December 22, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

The one thing this HC will do for the Skins is impose (restore?)discipline & chain of command: everyone now knows who the boss is. No crying to Danny, no special privaleges, no sitting out practice til game day. Skins may not win right away, but they will. Still not happy about the whole DM5 fiasco, but it sure clarafied who's running the Redskins these days.

Posted by: nyskinsdiehard | December 22, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

pretty much agree on this one:

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=chadiha_jeffri&id=5946432

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 22, 2010 7:22 PM

I knew before I clicked on the link that it would be inaccurate and anti-Shanahan.

Well I wasn't disappointed.

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 22, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Amen, Shanny. It is time for these professionals who think their stellar W-L record over the last several years entitles them to a starting position--or roster slot--get their due.

McNabb was "disrespected?" How about respecting your receivers by not throwing bounce passes in the flat.

Posted by: MyJobsMyCredit | December 22, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

This from ESPN:

Now Shanahan, who is 5-9 ...

I thought he was taller than that but he does look kind of short standing next to his players. What do you think?

Anybody? Anybody?

signed,

Ferris Bueller's Economics teacher (Ben Stein)

Posted by: ElDrano | December 22, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

I think Clinton forgot for a moment who his head coach was. He has been recalibrated.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | December 22, 2010 7:48 PM |

Hey, the dude ain't coming back and he knows it so the only recalibration needed is to your dorky post. Like think it over before hitting "sub".

Posted by: ElDrano | December 22, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

The lamestream media won't say it but blogs and talk shows are saying/suggesting the word's out on the Shanahans among the players and that many of the AA NFLers may feel Mike and Kyley have, er, "issues" with certain people.

The thinking is: if they treat a respected figure like Donovan with such disrespect, how will they treat me? You won't read about it in the Post -- the Post is sticking to the Shanahan line -- but it's out there. Don't blame Portis for telling it like it is.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | December 22, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

5th win of season likely the last.

Posted by: 4-12 | December 22, 2010 6:03 PM |

4-12 is predicting 5-11. Cool beans.

Posted by: ElDrano | December 22, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

I knew before I clicked on the link that it would be inaccurate and anti-Shanahan.

Well I wasn't disappointed.

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 22, 2010

I just read it and knew that if you or Scamp didn't like it, I would find it interesting. What was inaccurate?

Posted by: dcwun | December 22, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Try to come up with your list of players on this team with 4 years or less of NFL experience to make a top ten list. I tried, and failed miserably.

____________

I changed the rules slightly, and said anyone 27 or younger...here's my list:

D..LL, Sackpo, Carriker,Hall, and Golston.

O..TW, AA, Torain, FD, KWilliams, WMontgomery.

Teams..LoAl, Gano, Barnes, Horton, Riley, Westbrook.

Potential additions..HBlades, RHenson, Jarmon, Paulson, DYoung, TAustin.

That's 23 young players, or half of an active roster, who can form a nice nucleus of a team. Clearly we need to settle on a QB, NT, C/G, LB, safety, depth and speed across the board.

Posted by: frediefritz | December 22, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

... the word's out on the Shanahans among the players and that many of the AA NFLers may feel Mike and Kyley have, er, "issues" with certain people.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | December 22, 2010 8:36 PM |

Crissakes dude if I was them I would have "issues" with more than just certain peeps. The team hasn't played very good. As for the scaredy cats, them and Portis will be gone soon so WTF cares what they are thinking?

Posted by: ElDrano | December 22, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

What was inaccurate?

Posted by: dcwun | December 22, 2010 8:41 PM |

The part where they said he was 5-9. He's taller than that. He's at least 5-10 or 5-11.

Posted by: ElDrano | December 22, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

I just read it and knew that if you or Scamp didn't like it, I would find it interesting. What was inaccurate?

Posted by: dcwun | December 22, 2010 8:41 PM

1. Shanahan sat down with DM5 on Thursday before it was announced, He wasn't "ambushed".

2. He's making close to 15 mil this year and his play has been disrespectful. He should have been benched sooner.

3. "Shanahan is the guy who is trying to see whether Grossman still has a future." NO he's already said that he will be looking for the next Sam Bradford or young DM5. Rex is merely a bridge.

4. WHY would he guarantee him a spot on the roster for next season?
5. Shanahan handling of Haynesworth was "over the top". He should have catered to a malcontent that defined his own role????

6. The tired line of "two SBs on the backs of Elway & Davis."

7." That's because McNabb probably will be playing elsewhere by this time next season. And at that point, Washington fans might be discovering that the players might not be the only problem with the future of the franchise." That's because this roster is garbage and it will take more than 2 offseasons to make it competitive.

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 22, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan is truly a jerk; I can't stand looking at the guy on the sidelines.

Posted by: lacy41 | December 22, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan is truly a jerk; I can't stand looking at the guy on the sidelines.

Posted by: lacy41 | December 22, 2010 9:11 PM |

He do have the look of a heavy, but he is a good coach who knows his X's and O's.

Posted by: ElDrano | December 22, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins suck. I actually laugh when I watch the games now and root for the other team.

Dan Snyder has ruined the organization and the only solution is for him to sell the team.

Posted by: NyallsStJohnSmytheIV | December 22, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

fwiw, the part of the article that is most meaningful is this ...

"In treating McNabb like a stooge, Shanahan opened up all sorts of questions about how much trust other players should have in him. The belief in that locker room probably has to be that if the coach can do Donovan like that, he damn sure will embarrass anybody else without thinking twice.

...

It might make Shanahan look like a tough guy, but intimidation was never his weapon of choice. He won games and his reputation with a sharp intellect."

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 22, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

I guess now ya'll will say Shanahan disrespected Clinton Portis!

Here's one fan that's behind you Shanny...didn't like the Detroit benching but I'm with ya'!

I lived through Gibbs' mancrush on Brunell and Portis...two picks for TJ DucketT

Go SKINS!

Posted by: rickyroge | December 22, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

1. Shanahan sat down with DM5 on Thursday before it was announced, He wasn't "ambushed".

2. He's making close to 15 mil this year and his play has been disrespectful. He should have been benched sooner.

3. "Shanahan is the guy who is trying to see whether Grossman still has a future." NO he's already said that he will be looking for the next Sam Bradford or young DM5. Rex is merely a bridge.

4. WHY would he guarantee him a spot on the roster for next season?
5. Shanahan handling of Haynesworth was "over the top". He should have catered to a malcontent that defined his own role????

6. The tired line of "two SBs on the backs of Elway & Davis."

7." That's because McNabb probably will be playing elsewhere by this time next season. And at that point, Washington fans might be discovering that the players might not be the only problem with the future of the franchise." That's because this roster is garbage and it will take more than 2 offseasons to make it competitive.


Posted by: Diesel44 | December 22, 2010

1. Glazer broke that story on Monday. Shanny made up his mind and should have told him immediately.

2. He hasn't lived up to expectations. Benched for Rex Grossman? No way. And you know I thought we should've stuck with the other guy.

3. Maybe

4. Takes more than a season the get familiar with an offense.

5. It was AH's fault but Shanny could've stopped it from becoming a media circus with his Phil Jackson like comments.

6. Absolutely true. Zero playoff wins since they left.

7. I'll agree with some of it but I will say build your scheme around the players you have. Do you think Tony Dungy would have had Trent Dilfer running the same offense as Peyton Manning? The 3-4 was a complete failure this year.

Should have been better than a 1-2 game improvement from argueably one of the worst coaches ever.

Posted by: dcwun | December 22, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Question:

Would we be in the playoffs if Shanahan had not benched McNabb in Detroit?

What if Shanahan would have told McNabb on Sunday after the Tampa game that he was benched?

C'mon man! (in Chris Carter and Keyshawn Johnson's voice)

Posted by: rickyroge | December 22, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

This is how the quote should have been written..

"In BENCHING McNabb FOR POOR PLAY, Shanahan ANSWERED ALL questions about how much THE CULTURE HAS CHANGED AND other players WILL HAVE TO EARN THEIR PLAYING TIME. The belief in that locker room probably has to be that if the coach can TREAT Donovan like GUYS MAKING 1/16TH HIS SALARY, he damn sure will BENCH/DISCARD anybody else without thinking twice.

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 22, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

dcwun...

Where was the uproar when Gibbs benched Ramsey for Brunell...remember that? What about "you can't lose your job to injury" rule...

Posted by: rickyroge | December 22, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Not sure why peeps feel these players need to be treated with kid gloves. Peeps like to say what has MS done lately. Well, what has McNabb done ever?

If you are stinking it up, you get benched. Period. If McNabb played better during the season, he would never have been benched. McNabb has only himself to blame for being "disrespected".

$15 mil for 13 games...IMO DM5 disrespected the Redskins fans with his poor performance and unwillingness to learn the playbook. Just like AH.

Posted by: kerzon417 | December 22, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

dcwun...

Where was the uproar when Gibbs benched Ramsey for Brunell...remember that? What about "you can't lose your job to injury" rule...

Posted by: rickyroge | December 22, 2010

No one's denying that DM wasn't playing well. He is who thought he was from the start. But, for a player who has accomplished what he has in the league, it should have been handled better. If he's benched, let him know before the media finds out. If he's the 3rd QB, let him know that and don't let him find out from ESPN.

When Gibbs benched Ramsey, I remember him sayind at his news conference on Monday that Brunnell would be the starter. He didn't wait until Thursday.

The you can't lose your job to injury stuff disappeared years ago. Tom Brady put an end to that.

Posted by: dcwun | December 22, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

1. Glazer broke that story on Monday. Shanny made up his mind and should have told him immediately.

Posted by: dcwun | December 22, 2010 9:42 PM

If memory serves, this was also breaking news the week before and yet DM5 was not benched. Just cuz Glazer "breaks" something does not make it true.

Posted by: kerzon417 | December 22, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

$15 mil for 13 games...IMO DM5 disrespected the Redskins fans with his poor performance and unwillingness to learn the playbook. Just like AH.

Posted by: kerzon417 | December 22, 2010

So now DM was "unwilling" to learn the playbook and a malcontent like AH? Too funny. I called it from the beginning. Should've never traded the picks for him anyway. And, we gave him 3.5 million more for no reason when they knew he wasn't in their plans.

Posted by: dcwun | December 22, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

dcwun...

you're a longtime poster and I respectfully disagree. This is a similar situation. Brunell was Gibbs' guy and was looking the opportunity to put him in...Ramsey was completely healthy and we all know how Brunell worked out.

Posted by: rickyroge | December 22, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

It was reported that DM5 refused to run the plays that did not fit his strengths, so yeah he was a problem. It was also reported that DM5 did not grasp the 2 min O, so yeah, he did not learn the playbook.

If we are going to go by what is reported, then let's go by it for both MS and DM5.

Agree that the trade should not have been made, but nothing is going to change the fact that it was made.

Admit the mistake and move forward is what MS is doing.

Posted by: kerzon417 | December 22, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

. Shanahan sat down with DM5 on Thursday before it was announced, He wasn't "ambushed".

2. He's making close to 15 mil this year and his play has been disrespectful. He should have been benched sooner.

3. "Shanahan is the guy who is trying to see whether Grossman still has a future." NO he's already said that he will be looking for the next Sam Bradford or young DM5. Rex is merely a bridge.

4. WHY would he guarantee him a spot on the roster for next season?
5. Shanahan handling of Haynesworth was "over the top". He should have catered to a malcontent that defined his own role????

6. The tired line of "two SBs on the backs of Elway & Davis."

7." That's because McNabb probably will be playing elsewhere by this time next season. And at that point, Washington fans might be discovering that the players might not be the only problem with the future of the franchise." That's because this roster is garbage and it will take more than 2 offseasons to make it competitive.


Posted by: Diesel44 | December 22, 2010

I don't come here much, but I am convinced desiel44 your or an idiot.

Listen, Rex mad some plays and had a decent game. It was not earth shattering. He is a pro QB. He passing percentage was less than 60%. He had three turn overs. He was down by 20 points. McNabb has comparable stats (int) to Eli (20) Drew(19) Peyton (15). Obvious not his best year, but not as bad as you and Shanny are trying to make it. Cooley and Moss are experiencing highs in drops and turnovers, no running game until recent, AC and Orakpo sacks down. In short the whole team sucks.

When your special team suck, offense suck, and defense suck, sane people who blame that on coaching.

Posted by: edavis291 | December 22, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

"The one thing this HC will do for the Skins is impose (restore?)discipline & chain of command: everyone now knows who the boss is. No crying to Danny, no special privaleges, no sitting out practice til game day. Skins may not win right away, but they will. Still not happy about the whole DM5 fiasco, but it sure clarafied who's running the Redskins these days."

Knowing who is boss is a good thing ... but doesn't really help you if the boss is tremendously overrated and got hired because of the hard work of his brilliant former employees. (Yeah, I know many people here can relate to that ...)

Everyone in Denver knew who was boss also. However, that knowledge didn't help them make the playoffs in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, or 2008. That knowledge that Shanny's are bigger didn't help his team avoid getting beaten to a pulp in the Wild Card games of 2000, 2003, or 2004. And of course, the new Sheriff in town hasn't gotten the Redskins to have a record that was at least as good as it was two years ago, during Jim Zorn's first year.

Shanny had better worry that the emperor is being revealed to have no clothes and that the press and the public doesn't stop thinking about those two Super Bowl rings Elway and Davis earned him and start thinking about his subpar record as an NFL head coach before and after Elway.

Posted by: CommonSenseDude | December 22, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

dcwun...

you're a longtime poster and I respectfully disagree. This is a similar situation. Brunell was Gibbs' guy and was looking the opportunity to put him in...Ramsey was completely healthy and we all know how Brunell worked out.

Posted by: rickyroge | December 22, 2010

Nothing wrong with that. Similar situations but completely different. I agree that Brunnell was a Gibbs guy, but Shanny made the deal for DM just like Gibbs did for Brunnell.

Gibbs also benched Brunnell entering the 2nd year in favor of Ramsey, until he got hurt in the first game.

Posted by: dcwun | December 22, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

dcwun, I think the big difference was that Gibbs was/is a Redskins legend and was going to get a pass on those kinds of moves. MS has zero history with us fans and does not get the benefit of doubt that Gibbs did.

Posted by: kerzon417 | December 22, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: edavis291 | December 22, 2010 10:10 PM

Appreciate your thoughts and your desire to comment on my post....but I'm pretty sure you missed the context in which my comments were made.

Listen edavis291, I could make fun of a McNabb fan for calling me an idiot and then proceed to have countless grammatical errors, but I'm not one to pile on.

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 22, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Just caught the quote on comcast. He sounded like a real coach. Much better than the stammering massage therapist looking guy we had last year. I think if he's given time, he'll leave this team much better than he found it. The McNabb thing is bringing out the doubters. That understandable. It comes with being a fan of a dysfunctional mess. Our gut reaction is to expect colossal failure. Here we go again. But I think this rat faced guy has the best chance yet to turn the team around with Snyder as the owner. He has to. Because if this thing fails again it's over for the Redskins. There's no saving the team. We've run out of Gibbses (sp?) No one else could walk in the door and be the solution if Shanahan fails. If he can't do it, or at least get it close, the team will never be good with Snyder in charge. Never. I'm talking a generation of losing.
So I have to hopeful. For at least another season.

Posted by: mack1 | December 22, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

dcwun, I think the big difference was that Gibbs was/is a Redskins legend and was going to get a pass on those kinds of moves. MS has zero history with us fans and does not get the benefit of doubt that Gibbs did.

Posted by: kerzon417 | December 22, 2010 10:22

True, True. Even though Shanny has won 2 SBs, he's still working in the shadow of Gibbs (at least to me).

Posted by: dcwun | December 22, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

go and get you a Q-back from the draft to build a round leave these wash up Q-back with what ever team they with

Posted by: westcurtis1961 | December 22, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

dan snyder will never sell the team! He is way too rich and makes way too much money to ever let this gold mine go! We were pretty bad for like 7 or 8 years before snyder bought the team anyway! He has made some mistake but THANK GOD WE HAVE A OWNER THAT IS A WASHINGTON REDSKINS FAN! He is not a cheap skate like some other owners that just line their pockets with the profit money while danny boy spends alot of his on the team and the fans! MOST OF ALL THANK GOD HE WILL NEVER MOVE THE TEAM OUTTA OF DC LIKE SOME POS OWNERS WOULD! I WOULD NEVER WANT TO ROOT FOR THE RICHMOND REDSKINs OR THE LA WARRIORS F THAT!!!! DANNY BOY HAS THAT GOING FOR HIM AT LEAST! I PERFER TO BE ABLE TO WATCH THE REDSKINS AND I WILL ALWAYS BUY MERCH AND TICKETS SOMETIMES TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT REGARDLESS IF I LIKE DAN SNYDER OR NOT!
these morons think that danny would actually sell the team if we stop buying merch and going to the games lmao lmao all that would cause is for REDSKINS GAMES TO BE BLACKED OUT! SOME PPL ARE TRULY IDIOTS!!

Posted by: warriorking111285 | December 22, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

+++++

The Redskins need new scouts. In addition to fewer draft picks the Redskins make even fewer draft choices that actually contribute to our starting lineup and i'm not about special teams.

+++++

Posted by: skinshaveaGM | December 22, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

One out of every Ten picks is actually a good one. Sean Taylor was the last great one.

Posted by: skinshaveaGM | December 22, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

"We're going to play the best players regardless of how much money they make or where they're drafted," he said. "We're going to play the best players. We're trying to evaluate the best players."

Mike Shanahan as quoted by Rick Maese, today.

Listen to me RI hamsters...read me out, OK?

Out of 53 players, how many of them feel a starting spot on Skins is automatic? 10 to 15? I'm not sure but 15 is probably too high. I'll still go with that number anyway.

53-15= 38.

From reading the above Shanahan quote, one would conclude that the playing field will be wide open, as it were, and also conclude that brown-nosing at any level of the organization is futile—players, coaches and owners read right?

The intended results from these candid Shanahan remarks are many, but off the top of my head I can come up with two:

-38 players getting the idea that their success will be a result of how hard they work 7 days a week--on and off the field/clock (arrests), thereby:

-38 players after the other 15 players' jobs thus pushing the said 15 players to produce or book.

Intended results: TEAM wins.

Posted by: smokeybear2 | December 22, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Under the "Where did it go wrong post" from earlier today...someone posted a link to the RI DM5 trade post...

I lost a 1/2 hour of my life but came up with these

I like the fact that Shanahan has chose to renovate the roster instead of demolishing it.

Posted by: RedDMV | April 5, 2010 10:44 AM

Right, because that philosophy has worked so well the last 11 years.

You hire a guy like Shanny and he's not interested in spending his twilight years rebuilding. He wants to win now but unfortunately the roster is 3-4 yrs away.

And of course we are 5 months away but with only 4 picks and nothing but the dregs of FA left he is delusional and so is everyone else if they think we are now playoff contenders.
Posted by: Diesel44 | April 5, 2010 10:52 AM

==============================

Kolb hasn't taken them anywhere....And You expect all these rookies to be immediate impact players? You gotta be kidding me....

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 5, 2010 2:49 PM

The Eagles don't redshirt their players. For example Desean Jackson, LeSean McCoy, & Jeremy Maclain made an immediate impact and two of them were 2nd rounder’s.

The point is that their roster is already more talented than ours and they have EIGHT (8) PICKS in the top 150 to widen the gap.

Your comments are the only thing that resembles a joke and if the Eagles were concerned about McNabb and his 2-3 year impact on the division they would have never traded him to us.

Posted by: Diesel44 | April 5, 2010 3:04 PM

Please remember this last paragraph at the end of the season when the Eagles end up as one of the bottom 2 teams in the NFC East...

...You just don't trade a potential HOFer like that and expect them to make the POs the next year and SB immediattly....

The Eagles have ZERO leadership. Who are their leaders? Where is the experince?

There is none....Eagles will be irrelevant for atleast the next 2 years......

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 5, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

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This was not about the Eagles thinking Donovan had nothing left. This was that they were at a point of no return. They had 3 starters on their roster and had to trade one of them, and Donovan had the most value.

Anyone that thinks that McNabb is only a "slight" upgrade over Campbell is loco!

Posted by: rickyroge | April 4, 2010 10:47 PM

RR- Completely disagree.

1. The Eagles had until May 5th to trade or pay the 6.2 mil contract bonus.
2. They had 18 days until the draft to trade him for picks this year.
3. If the Eagles felt he could still play at a high level or that he would pose much of a threat they never would have traded him to an interdivisional opponent.
4. The Eagles are already more talented at just about every position and we just gave them two early picks to widen the gap.

This is a desperate and shortsighted trade that I hope turns out better than the Jason Taylor trade.

Posted by: Diesel44 | April 4, 2010 10:58 PM

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 22, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

"We're going to play the best players regardless of how much money they make or where they're drafted," he said. "We're going to play the best players. We're trying to evaluate the best players."

Mike Shanahan as quoted by Rick Maese--


Listen to me RI hamsters...read me out, OK?

Out of 53 players, how many of them feel a starting spot on Skins is automatic? 10 to 15? I'm not sure but 15 is probably too high. I'll still go with that number anyway.

53-15= 38.

From reading the above Shanahan quote, one would conclude that the playing field will be wide open, as it were, and also conclude that brown-nosing at any level of the organization is futile—players, coaches and owners do read right?

The intended results from these candid Shanahan remarks are many, but off the top of my head I can come up with two:

-38 players getting the idea that their success will be a result of how hard they work 7 days a week--on and off the field/clock (arrests), thereby:

-38 players after the other 15 players' jobs thus pushing the said 15 players to produce or book.

Intended result: TEAM wins.

Posted by: smokeybear2 | December 22, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

I posted @ 11:34 what I posted @ 11:01 because I didn't see the 11:01 post on my screen.

Weird I didn't see it. Tired I guess. Too much Christmas going on.

Good night.

BTW, people who are openly gay do not belong in the military. Big-time problems on the horizon.

Posted by: smokeybear2 | December 22, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

I think Clinton forgot for a moment who his head coach was. He has been recalibrated.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | December 22, 2010 7:48 PM |

Hey, the dude ain't coming back and he knows it so the only recalibration needed is to your dorky post. Like think it over before hitting "sub".

Posted by: ElDrano | December 22, 2010 8:36 PM
-----------------------------------------
Portis is under contract until he is released from the team and he had better play nice with the coach if he ever wants to find work in the NFL. Shanahan still has all of the leverage.

You, however, have no leverage. You are freaking moronic drive-by on this blog. Why don't you crawl back into whatever hole you crawled out of?

Posted by: RedSkinHead | December 22, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

smokey -- love the Shanahan quote, but don't miss out that its also BS.

Shanny said he'd be fine with having Donovan back next year in a backup role. McNabb has had a very good career, 2010 is probably his worst season ever. Doesn't mean he'll have another bad year in 2011. Favre had one of his worst years in 2008, then had one if his best years in 2009.

So why is Shanny saying McNabb would be a backup? If he really meant what he says about playing the best players, he'd say something like, "I'd expect Donovan to compete for the starting job in 2011."

Its these subtle things that make it clear that Shanny has his double standards.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 22, 2010 11:57 PM | Report abuse

obtain bradford..obtain bradford...

Posted by: frak | December 22, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

You are freaking moronic drive-by on this blog.

I'm one of those I guess, but without the freaking and moronic.

I only post when I'm in a good mood. Rarely.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | December 22, 2010 11:52 PM

Posted by: smokeybear2 | December 23, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

No one's denying that DM wasn't playing well. He is who thought he was from the start. But, for a player who has accomplished what he has in the league, it should have been handled better. If he's benched, let him know before the media finds out. If he's the 3rd QB, let him know that and don't let him find out from ESPN.

Posted by: dcwun | December 22, 2010 9:58 PM

You posting this is why you have zero credibility like these lazy ass reporters. Shanny says he told Donovan. Donovan says he didn't. Unless anyone was there they can't possibly take a credible position using either of their stories. At best they can speculate using BOTH claims...nothing more. Anything else is biased and therefor an opinion, not fact.

Posted by: TheScamp75 | December 23, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and in the interest of fairness I will, for the third time, give Obama (and this time the Democrats) his just kudos for the new arms deal with Russia.

Posted by: TheScamp75 | December 23, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Question:
Does any one think Andy Reid would have traded Mike Vick instead of McNabb if we had offered the same deal for Vick at that time?
Come on, man. Andy Reid is a good personnel guy but you guy are speaking as if he had a Mayan calander for McNabb's career.
McNabb is a guy having a bad year in a new offense. All the other BS is just unprofessional, classless drama. I would like remind everyone, Mike Shanahan & Bruce Allen were brought in to retore a profesional team. When I think of a pro football team, I think class, respect, dignity and winning. This team and staff has not shown these traits.
MS & BA still have an opportunity to do great things here but in my opinion the mistakes, miscues and mismanagement of personnel so far have further devalued not only the players but also the organization.

Posted by: priceisright | December 23, 2010 12:31 AM | Report abuse

You are freaking moronic drive-by on this blog.

I'm one of those I guess, but without the freaking and moronic.

I only post when I'm in a good mood. Rarely.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | December 22, 2010 11:52 PM


Posted by: smokeybear2 | December 23, 2010 12:03 AM |

Uh, redskinhead is in no way comparable to that drive by moron Drano that never has anything useful to say and only comes around to take potshots.

Posted by: TheScamp75 | December 23, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

I think class, respect, dignity and winning. This team and staff has not shown these traits.
MS & BA still have an opportunity to do great things here but in my opinion the mistakes, miscues and mismanagement of personnel so far have further devalued not only the players but also the organization.

Posted by: priceisright | December 23, 2010 12:31 AM |

It's hard to come by respect and dignity when your team has been awful for a looooong time. It's going to take some bruised egos, shed tears, and b!tching fans before it gets to the point of dignity or respect.

Posted by: TheScamp75 | December 23, 2010 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and in the interest of fairness I will, for the third time, give Obama (and this time the Democrats) his just kudos for the new arms deal with Russia.

Posted by: TheScamp75

I must be on drugs.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 23, 2010 12:47 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: warriorking111285

The need to speak down to a playa in a cba year has become a staple of this warshington redskin team...

Posted by: frak | December 23, 2010 12:49 AM | Report abuse

Indeed scamp75.
But the question goes unanswered, would Andy Reid have traded Vick instead of McNabb if offered the same deal?

Posted by: priceisright | December 23, 2010 12:56 AM | Report abuse

Indeed scamp75.
But the question goes unanswered, would Andy Reid have traded Vick instead of McNabb if offered the same deal?

Posted by: priceisright | December 23, 2010 12:56 AM |

I could only speculate. And my speculation would be that i really have no idea.

Posted by: TheScamp75 | December 23, 2010 1:02 AM | Report abuse


Oh, and in the interest of fairness I will, for the third time, give Obama (and this time the Democrats) his just kudos for the new arms deal with Russia.

Posted by: TheScamp75

I must be on drugs.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 23, 2010 12:47 AM |

3rd time z's. I give credit where I think it is due. Peace out Skins fans.

Posted by: TheScamp75 | December 23, 2010 1:04 AM | Report abuse

Indeed scamp75.
But the question goes unanswered, would Andy Reid have traded Vick instead of McNabb if offered the same deal?

Posted by: priceisright | December 23, 2010 12:56 AM

Of course. Reid made a brilliant move by trading a washed up McNabb but he got lucky with Vick. If he knew Vick was going to be a MVP candidate then he never would have started Kolb. We could have had Vick for less but we overpaid for McNabb (word has it the best deal was the Raiders with a 4th.)

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 23, 2010 1:04 AM | Report abuse

"This is how the quote should have been written..

"In BENCHING McNabb FOR POOR PLAY, Shanahan ANSWERED ALL questions about how much THE CULTURE HAS CHANGED AND other players WILL HAVE TO EARN THEIR PLAYING TIME. The belief in that locker room probably has to be that if the coach can TREAT Donovan like GUYS MAKING 1/16TH HIS SALARY, he damn sure will BENCH/DISCARD anybody else without thinking twice.

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 22, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

This might be the most brilliant post on RI since Joe Gibbs left. Absolutely perfect.

Posted by: psps23 | December 23, 2010 1:13 AM | Report abuse

More from the Shanahan Soundtrack (music for Redskins Fans to cry to):

"Team Didn't Make The Playoffs"
(Sung to the tune of "We Didn't Start The Fire")

John Elway Terrell Davis
Alex Gibbs and Barney Chavous
The Broncos of the late ninetees
Got two Super Bowl victories

Since then when I was in my prime
I've missed the playoffs seven times
My teams have wound up in a bind
But I am still a mastermind!


Team Didn't Make The Playoffs
I've got an awesome scheme that didn't help my team, no no
Team Didn't Make The Playoffs
I have a proven system that did not assist them, no


In ninety-nine, John Elway quit
Playoffs came, we weren't in it
The next year we made the Wild Card
The Ravens beat us down real hard

In '01 we went eight and eight
The team was bad but I'm still great
In '02 we won one game more
But the playoffs were not in store!


Team Didn't Make The Playoffs
Because the quarterbacking has been really lacking, yeah
Team Didn't Make The Playoffs
No need to be in fear, team will improve next year, oh yeah


In '03 we made the sixth seed
Lost Wild Card, never had the lead
The next year, sixth seed spot again
We came, we played but did not win

In '05, they got my system right
They finally won a playoff fight
First playoff victory in six years
But then the Steelers came and kicked our rears

In '06, seven and '08
The team just did not do all that great
When postseason time came due
We watched on TV just like you

Now I'm in DC and am in charge
Our win total is not that large
But don't question me or make a fuss
Don't you know I am a genius?


Team Didn't Make The Playoffs
Recent stats are low but I've got rings from twelve years ago
Team Didn't Make The Playoffs
I'll show no humility in the Capitol City, no

Posted by: CommonSenseDude | December 23, 2010 1:24 AM | Report abuse

"I think class, respect, dignity and winning. This team and staff has not shown these traits.

Posted by: priceisright | December 23, 2010 12:31 AM |"

Winning...okay

But class, respect, and dignity? What in god's name has Shanahan done to show low class, disrespect, or a lack of dignity? Why because he benched McNabb? Showed Haynesworth the door? Instituted a policy of high integrity and accountability for your actions?

Some of you are so blinded by Snyder's golden wallet, you've become completely numb to the values you so badly claim to want to instill in this franchise.

Blame Shanahan for a blown deal in trading for McNabb. Blame Shanahan for signing older players like Galloway, LJ, Parker, and Roydell. Blame Shanahan for failing to achieve the playoff aspirations he built towards this past offseason.

But to blame Shanahan for his the core values he's instilled in this locker room and in this franchise is ignorance at best.

Posted by: psps23 | December 23, 2010 1:25 AM | Report abuse

I think class, respect, dignity and winning. This team and staff has not shown these traits.
MS & BA still have an opportunity to do great things here but in my opinion the mistakes, miscues and mismanagement of personnel so far have further devalued not only the players but also the organization.

Posted by: priceisright | December 23, 2010 12:31 AM |

It's hard to come by respect and dignity when your team has been awful for a looooong time. It's going to take some bruised egos, shed tears, and b!tching fans before it gets to the point of dignity or respect.

Posted by: TheScamp75

I'm going with this one. I thing Chadria hit it right with this

"In treating McNabb like a stooge, Shanahan opened up all sorts of questions about how much trust other players should have in him. The belief in that locker room probably has to be that if the coach can do Donovan like that, he damn sure will embarrass anybody else without thinking twice ... It might make Shanahan look like a tough guy, but intimidation was never his weapon of choice. He won games and his reputation with a sharp intellect."

My gut tells me that much of this is about Kyle. MS isn't reacting in the way he would have in Denver. He doesn't seem like the same guy. I think the 'intimidation' vs 'intellect' angle is pretty accurate.

I sense this has something to do with his son being his offensive coordinator. Family dynamics are never simple, so I'm not going to attempt any sort of analysis. But I can't really find anything else that seems like a more credible explanation for MS's approach.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 23, 2010 1:49 AM | Report abuse

Zeke- I'll go with this....

"This is how the quote should have been written..

"In BENCHING McNabb FOR POOR PLAY, Shanahan ANSWERED ALL questions about how much THE CULTURE HAS CHANGED AND other players WILL HAVE TO EARN THEIR PLAYING TIME. The belief in that locker room probably has to be that if the coach can TREAT Donovan like GUYS MAKING 1/16TH HIS SALARY, he damn sure will BENCH/DISCARD anybody else without thinking twice.

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 23, 2010 2:13 AM | Report abuse

from Mr. Boswell,

So, if Grossman grades well against the Jags and Giants... don't ignore the possibility that Rex may complicate the Redskins' off-season decisions, including how they use their first-round draft pick. All coaches like to look smart, but Shanahan may be particularly susceptible.


Summed up, this quote should be titled, "Our Biggest Fear: Rex Grossman."

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 23, 2010 5:42 AM | Report abuse

kerzon417

IMO DM5 disrespected the Redskins fans with his poor performance and unwillingness to learn the playbook. Just like AH.

So now, Albert Hanyesworth and Donovan McNabb are the same guy.

Both, like Jason Taylor and Brandon Lloyd before them, simply chose to play bad for the redskins just to disrespect the fans.

The NFL model citizen and a guy fined for stomping another player on the head and fathering a child out of wedlock share the same professional universe.

Sure.

I believe that.


Posted by: MistaMoe | December 23, 2010 5:54 AM | Report abuse

So now, Albert Hanyesworth and Donovan McNabb are the same guy.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 23, 2010 5:54 AM


I'll let you think about how galactically retarded that is...

As for the Boswell column, I'm as big a fan as he has up here but trying to draw parallels between Rex Grossman and Jake Plummer is a stretch at best. Rex was asked to be a game manager in Chicago and not f*ck it up for a team with a great defense and a solid running game. Jake Plummer was asked win games almost literally by himself in AZ. Different talents, different guys...and my guess is that they'll yield different results under Shanahan.

The next two weeks should be telling...

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 23, 2010 6:36 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like CP26 will be the next whipping boy for Shanahan.

Posted by: stu_pid | December 23, 2010 7:08 AM | Report abuse

Shanahan is doing the right thing by blowing this team up. Isn't that what we've wanted from the beginning?

Posted by: thorhero | December 23, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Following practice Wednesday, Shanahan was asked what he thought about Portis's comments.

"We're going to play the best players regardless of how much money they make or where they're drafted," he said. "We're going to play the best players. We're trying to evaluate the best players. I think Clinton better worry about his stomach and getting well."
___________________________________________

Let me translate for the Coach Shannanigan:

"Portis, you're going to be cut this offseason. We're not going to pay you all that money just to be a 3rd down Blocking Running back. Pack it up, you're done!"

Posted by: datruth21 | December 23, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Shanahan is doing the right thing by blowing this team up. Isn't that what we've wanted from the beginning?

Posted by: thorhero | December 23, 2010 9:20 AM

__________________________________

Yeah, I just wish his ego and all that lies and smokescreen didn't have to happen.

He could've just said:

1."We are going to make some changes in order for this team to be a contender again"

2." We tried to trade up for Bradford during the 2010 draft but because of what the Rams we're asking, we are not going to salvage the team's future, but we infused young players this year that can hopefully be the core group in the years to come and keeping a lot of our picks for the 2011 Draft"

3." In light of what you heard and saw on the TV and radio stations, we have released FAT ALBERT, CLINTON TORTOISE, & DEVIN PARTY THOMAS


See Shannanigan, so easy a caveman can do it

Posted by: datruth21 | December 23, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Wow, an actual coach who is being allowed to coach. Good for Shannahan. I guess that Snyder has learned since he shipped out Marty. Real men need to coach, not owner pansies. Too bad the Portis decision wasn't made before he took the $15 million bonus...Maybe, we will actually have a team in the near future. Fear and violence are the only two things that football players respond to. This whole "respect" thing is ridiculous. Good bye Donovan, you ain't going to be allowed to suck up $16 million to be a back-up, especially one that doesn't know the offense. Be glad you got the $3.5 million (for whatever unjustifiable reason is now being stated....).

Posted by: KDSmallJr | December 23, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

"We're going to play the best players regardless of how much money they make or where they're drafted,"

What part of that simple statement do some of you don't understand?

LMAO. Finally a coach with cojones!!

Posted by: hock1 | December 23, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Shanny is an idiot. He had the entire off-season to look at the 2009 film. He knew by March 2010 that the team was old and slow with ZERO playmakers. Why didn't he tell Snyder that the team needed to be blown up then, assuming he failed to tell Snyder the obvious during his hiring process? Year One of Shanny has been a total fiasco! Two wasted picks on McNabb, terrible O-line, backs and receivers, the #31 defense and a team that is still old and slow. This soon to be 5-11 is MUCH WORSE than last year's 4-12! Yes, Zorn was a high school coach/Snyder sock puppet. But Shanny has a resume and did his due diligence. This team requires a full KC/Tampa type of rebuild. Get to work Shanny! No more shortcuts.

Posted by: Cavalier1985 | December 23, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Lets call a spade a spade, the Redskins Organization is Racist. They treated Doug Williams, Art Monk and others with less than the respect they were due. It has been a long history of this kind of behavior. What? As an employee, I'm not good enough for you to come to me first and talk to me before I'm benched. Further, with greats like Doug Williams, Art Monk and Darrell Green, why haven't they been offered front office positions. These are smart, great players with high morals and could have been of some benefit to this team. They will never have a winning organization because they have too much dirt on their hands!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: pamg | December 23, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan is a control freak and a has coach been who will never be in the current paradigm. His command and control coaching and management styles are outdated and ineffective. His comments on what CP better do are meant as a threat to CP and others.

Posted by: omegamgt | December 23, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I was one that was hoping that DMac would succeed and prove that he had been worth the draft picks given up to get him. The truth of the matter is that I think it was a set up by Reid of the Iggles in the first place. Everyone knows that you do not trade within the division especially an accomplished QB such as DMac. Reid saw and knew something that the rest of us didn't so much that he was willing to go against previous logic not to trade within your division. Iggles fans and players(T.O. most notably) would point out the fact that DMac was an inaccuarate passer and would throw most balls in the dirt or behind receivers. Most of the fights on the sideline between TO and DMac was due to those facts alone.. TO could see it and obviously Reid saw it as well. DMac was/is no longer the quaterback that he once was. It is my personal opinion that AReid conspired against the Skins. IMO I am so glad that Shanny saw it sooner rather than later. Getting rid of DMac will benefit the Skins in a long run. Although, I do not agree with how Shanny handle the situation I am exited about the fact that he did indeed handle the situation and we can now move on without DMac! HAIL!!!!

Posted by: sirmixx01 | December 23, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

In regard to the statement "Lets call a spade a spade, the Redskins Organization is Racist," I'll chime in.

I'm black. I don't think this incident is about race. I don't like the way Donovan was treated - not his benching, which is any coach's right to do - but the way that it was handled. But let's deal with what this is - a past-his-prime QB and a highly overrated coach. I don't think it's a lot more than that. Plus, Shanahan has sacked more Quarterbacks in his time than most Defensive Lineman. He thinks of every QB as being replacable - except for Elway. Which is one reason why he hasn't won very much since Elway retired twelve years ago.

I don't have a reason to believe Shanahan is a racist. I think he thinks he's superior to both black people and white people.

Posted by: CommonSenseDude | December 23, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

I don't have a reason to believe Shanahan is a racist. I think he thinks he's superior to both black people and white people.

Posted by: CommonSenseDude |
==========================================
Well said. However, in his field of expertise - his techne, as the ancient Greeks would say - he is our superior. He does this full time and has better-than-average success. In this, Shanahan deserves to be heard. I wouldn't consider his opinion on the best French restaurant or whether or not the anthropic principle is valid, but he knows more football than I do.

Unfortunately, I see a divide between the views of white Redskins fans versus black Redskins fans: the latter think that the treatment of Hayensworth, Portis, and McNabb does not respect them as people. Given the history of this franchise, I understand it. I don't think this is what Shanahan thinks. Rather, it's the piss-poor performance in exchange for money paid that has caused their treatment. If Hayensworth had not been earning over $100 million; say, if he were earning league minimum, he would have been cut in summer camp. McNabb, like other quarterbacks, has ups and downs, but because the position is vital, must be cut less slack when he performs poorly. Portis is a fan favorite, but he also loved to go over a coach's head and complain to Snyder when he didn't get his way. He tried it at the end of last year and was told to talk to Bruce Allen about football matters.

It's a feeling of entitlement - that being in the NFL and getting a pro baller's pay is the end in itself - that is a root cause the personnel problems. Shanahan can be replaced by another head coach; but coaching is a mental skill and takes time to develop. Football players don't have that time and there are always replacements waiting on the sidelines, coming out of college, eager and hungry...

Posted by: GABinOdenton | December 23, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Listening to sports talk radio, I don't think there is as much of a racial divide as it may seem at first glance. I've heard a lot of black callers criticizing McNabb's performance and some claiming faith in Shanahan. I've also heard quite a few white callers saying, as I've said, that they don't think that Donovan benching was handled well. I think it's a mixed bag.

Personally, I think that both Donovan McNabb and Coach Shanahan are overrated. Some people say that Donovan hasn't performed well and I think they're right. Other people point out that Shanahan is overhyped and is still riding on the fumes of John Elway and I think they're also right. Neither one of them is quite as good as their supporters think they are.

My problem with Shanahan at this point is not that he benched McNabb. It's just that he seems so darn arrogant and after looking through his record, I don't think he merits such a high opinion of himself. I also don't like the whisper campaign of all the leaks that have come out of Redskin park which seem designed to attack McNabb or the seeming nepotism of having his son as the OC. That seems unprofessional to me.

But I don't have any reason to think of him as a racist. I think he probably has an equal-opportunity superiority complex.

Posted by: CommonSenseDude | December 23, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins suck. I actually laugh when I watch the games now and root for the other team.

Dan Snyder has ruined the organization and the only solution is for him to sell the team.

Posted by: NyallsStJohnSmytheIV | December 22, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse
Good job so you watch to root for the other team then you post comments here. Man you are definitely not a loser!

Posted by: clwalker1906 | December 23, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Listening to sports talk radio, I don't think there is as much of a racial divide as it may seem at first glance. I've heard a lot of black callers criticizing McNabb's performance and some claiming faith in Shanahan. I've also heard quite a few white callers saying, as I've said, that they don't think that Donovan benching was handled well. I think it's a mixed bag.

Personally, I think that both Donovan McNabb and Coach Shanahan are overrated. Some people say that Donovan hasn't performed well and I think they're right. Other people point out that Shanahan is overhyped and is still riding on the fumes of John Elway and I think they're also right. Neither one of them is quite as good as their supporters think they are.

My problem with Shanahan at this point is not that he benched McNabb. It's just that he seems so darn arrogant and after looking through his record, I don't think he merits such a high opinion of himself. I also don't like the whisper campaign of all the leaks that have come out of Redskin park which seem designed to attack McNabb or the seeming nepotism of having his son as the OC. That seems unprofessional to me.

But I don't have any reason to think of him as a racist. I think he probably has an equal-opportunity superiority complex.

Posted by: CommonSenseDude | December 23, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Oh, snap!

"We're going to play the best players regardless of how much money they make or where they're drafted."

This is the single best thing I've heard anyone from the Redskins organization say in 10 years. Finally!

The source of most of their problems over the past 10 years have been overpaid, past-their-prime players getting all of the playing time even when they suck. This leads to poor team performance, and, much worse, no team morale. The up-and-comers (which are the source of all of your best talent) never had a chance because the other guys got paid.

Finally, some sanity... I think Shanahan has a chance!

Posted by: unclelonghair | December 23, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Lets call a spade a spade, the Redskins Organization is Racist. They treated Doug Williams, Art Monk and others with less than the respect they were due. It has been a long history of this kind of behavior. What? As an employee, I'm not good enough for you to come to me first and talk to me before I'm benched. Further, with greats like Doug Williams, Art Monk and Darrell Green, why haven't they been offered front office positions. These are smart, great players with high morals and could have been of some benefit to this team. They will never have a winning organization because they have too much dirt on their hands!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: pamg | December 23, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse
This has to be the dumbest post I've seen. When did d green and a monk express interest in a front office job? I guess they are racist against white players like theismann rypien mosley grimm bostic too.

Posted by: clwalker1906 | December 23, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

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