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LOVERRO: Mike Shanahan exits, but questions and mysteries remain
Mike Shanahan followed the tradition of Redskins coaches by leaving a trail of wreckage behind him — a steaming, heaping pile of controversy and chaos.
It is the Redskins way of the 21st century.
But he leaves behind a list of questions and mysteries as well.
The Washington Post attempted to answer some of those questions and mysteries in a Sunday report. But questions remain, and those questions leave a confusing picture of the two-time Super Bowl-winning coach.
You want Donovan McNabb? Yeah, what the hell, it’s not like I’ve got a quarterback here anyway.
Now the image we have of Mike Shanahan is that of a dictator — a my-way-or-the-highway guy. He also has a reputation as a quarterback guru, so it is reasonable to assume he thinks pretty highly of his ability to pick quarterbacks, and it is reasonable to assume that since he is a so-called quarterback expert, he would want to determine who would be his first quarterback in Washington.
Add to this the various accounts of Mike Shanahan’s contract — ironclad, total, absolute control over all football decisions — and we are to believe that he just “indulged” the owner in the most important position on the field?
There is Mike Shanahan the coach and vice president of football operations who has dictated who has what parking spaces at Redskins Park. Then there is Mike Shanahan the coach and vice president of football operations who indulges the owner concerning the team’s quarterback position.
It doesn’t make sense.
Then it really gets mysterious, because Shanahan the dictator did it again.
When it came time for the 2012 draft and the deal was there for the Redskins to trade their future for the St. Louis Rams second pick in the draft — Andrew Luck, or the presumed second pick, Heisman Trophy winner Robert “SuperBob” Griffin III — the story says that Shanahan had “concerns” about the deal: about Griffin’s ability to play in a pro style offense and the number of draft choices the Redskins would give up to draft him. The cost would be three first-round picks and a second round choice.
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