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07:21 AM ET 07.26 | Mike Shanahan's crowded backfield is just one example of how times are a' changin' in Washington. The most striking thing about Shanahan's leadership is that he doesn't talk so much as he acts. You get the sense Shanahan brought in certain players simply to challenge the status quo. Whether guys like Larry Johnson and Willie Parker get on the field or not, they are already serving Shanahan's purpose. Every coach claims to be demanding, but Shanahan doesn't just demand, he leverages. His remark that Clinton Portis needed to work harder in the offseason wasn't a toothless suggestion -- he followed it up by bringing in no fewer than five running backs hungry for a piece of his job. Consequently, reports that Portis is putting in the offseason work, so disappointingly untrue last season, are realistic for once.

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July 26, 2010  08:13 AM ET

Can we get a ga.y.er picture? It looks like Shanny is checking out one of his players in this pic.

July 26, 2010  08:21 AM ET

Without an OL, the Redskins will need all those RBs 'cause they'll get hit hard and often.

July 26, 2010  08:21 AM ET

Shanahan scares me in Washington as much as he did when he was in Denver. The man knows how to coach.

July 26, 2010  08:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Without an OL, the Redskins will need all those RBs 'cause they'll get hit hard and often.

Agreed, however, Shanny has done some patch work for now until he can rebuild to his liking. Slim pickins for him this year at O-line.

July 26, 2010  09:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Shanahan scares me in Washington as much as he did when he was in Denver. The man knows how to coach.

I like McDaniels but man, Shanny can coach. I just think his coaching got a little tired here in Denver in the end, but I believe him and the redskins are gonna suprise some people.

July 26, 2010  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I like McDaniels but man, Shanny can coach. I just think his coaching got a little tired here in Denver in the end, but I believe him and the redskins are gonna suprise some people.

Getting fired might have been the best thing for Shanny. Never underestimate someone who has a massive chip on his shoulder.

July 26, 2010  09:45 AM ET

If he can keep McNabb upright and healthy, and finally convince Donovan that bounce passes aren't legal in the NFL, the 'Skins might make some noise. Hopefully LJ and Parker coming onboard did motivate Portis. I can't see any other reason to take on either of them.

July 26, 2010  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Getting fired might have been the best thing for Shanny. Never underestimate someone who has a massive chip on his shoulder.

True. The lustre wore off with the mediocrity of his last three years in Denver. Head Coaching is a cruel business. He knows he had dropped to the level of good, but not good enough.
He made the Redskins older, which will stop a free fall before the rebuilding process, but he has not made many permanent fixes yet. He never had the patience for rebuilding in Denver, which was a problem after his poor FA choices. Not sure he and Snyder will have the patience now to build through the draft.
Will be a first for both of them.

July 26, 2010  10:19 AM ET

As a life long Cowboys fan, I wish him the best. The league is more fun for me when the Redskins are good. If they are able to rebound and the Eagles and Giants can hold the course, there is no boubt the NFC East will again be considered the best division in football.

July 26, 2010  10:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

As a life long Cowboys fan, I wish him the best. The league is more fun for me when the Redskins are good. If they are able to rebound and the Eagles and Giants can hold the course, there is no boubt the NFC East will again be considered the best division in football.

Agreed!

July 26, 2010  12:20 PM ET

Nothing wrong with shanahan coming in to DC and bringing some competition to the DEAD=BEATS who have been getting a check the last few years... maybe Portis will spend a bit more time reviewing tape and working out rather than trying on women's clothing...
Perhaps Fat Albert will buy a brain and learn how to conduct himself as a team player (oh-- probably too much to ask for by this Moron)...

July 26, 2010  12:49 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Shanahan scares me in Washington as much as he did when he was in Denver. The man knows how to coach.

He knows how to coach when he's got John Elway. Without Elway - maybe not so much. Check the records.

July 26, 2010  01:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Without an OL, the Redskins will need all those RBs 'cause they'll get hit hard and often.

The Redskins picked up Jammal Brown from the Saints for a song. As long as he comes back from his surgery okay the 'Skins made a major improvement just from this move alone.

July 26, 2010  01:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

As a life long Cowboys fan, I wish him the best. The league is more fun for me when the Redskins are good. If they are able to rebound and the Eagles and Giants can hold the course, there is no boubt the NFC East will again be considered the best division in football.

I'll agree with this. As long as The 'Boys are at the top of the NFC East again, we're good to go.

July 26, 2010  01:54 PM ET

he had better hope elway shows up

July 26, 2010  01:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

The Redskins picked up Jammal Brown from the Saints for a song. As long as he comes back from his surgery okay the 'Skins made a major improvement just from this move alone.

If Brown can come back, if Williams plays to his potential, if they don't lose anyone else, if....

Lots of 'ifs' there, Nymmers. Not saying it can't happen and Shanahan has a history of making the most of his OLs. I'll still wait and see how they play as a unit before I upgrade them in my book.

July 26, 2010  02:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

If he can keep McNabb upright and healthy, and finally convince Donovan that bounce passes aren't legal in the NFL, the 'Skins might make some noise. Hopefully LJ and Parker coming onboard did motivate Portis. I can't see any other reason to take on either of them.

Portis became "injury-prone" the last two years -- I have to agree that some competition in the backfield will lift the offense, and hopefully take some pressure off of McNabb. Really looking forward to that first Eagles/Skins game.

July 26, 2010  03:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Nothing wrong with shanahan coming in to DC and bringing some competition to the DEAD=BEATS who have been getting a check the last few years... maybe Portis will spend a bit more time reviewing tape and working out rather than trying on women's clothing... Perhaps Fat Albert will buy a brain and learn how to conduct himself as a team player (oh-- probably too much to ask for by this Moron)...

Don't sugar coat it! And, I think you're right.

July 26, 2010  03:56 PM ET

He better be thinking of some 20 drop step pass plays from the shotgun formation for third and long. That is the only way he is going to buy time with that OL on third and long.

 
July 26, 2010  04:35 PM ET

If Shanahan can't find a way to muzzle Snyder, it won't matter who's on the roster.

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