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Shanahan has final say in Washington

When Bruce Allen became the new General Manager of the Washington Redskins, owner Daniel Snyder proclaimed that Allen “has the authority.” 

“When we, when he, when the club makes a decision, it’s a Redskins decision,” Snyder said.

Folks who had been tracking the Shanahan rumors knew better.

Less than three weeks later, there’s a new sheriff in town, and coach Mike Shanahan has the authority that Allen possessed on a short-term basis, like a library book.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that, in addition to coaching the team, Shanahan will serve as executive Vice President of football operations.  That’s the same title Vinny Cerrato most recently held.

Schefter also reports that Shanahan, not Allen, now has the “ultimate authority” over football decisions.

And so the clumsily-kept secret is now out in the open.  By all appearances, Shanahan and Allen were a package deal, with Allen coming through the door first and pretending to be in charge until Shanahan was hired.

Meanwhile, the Redskins interviewed no one else after the firing of Jim Zorn, turning the Rooney Rule upside down and creating a horrible precedent for its application in the future.

But, hey, the Redskins got the guy they coveted.  The guy whose Broncos went 8-8 in 2008, just like the Redskins did.  The guy whose Broncos went 7-9 in 2007, two games worse than the Redskins. 

The guy who has won only one playoff game in the eleven years since winning a second straight Super Bowl with a team built largely by someone else, and held together in part by proven salary-cap violations for which the Broncos were fined nearly $2 million and stripped of two third-round draft picks.

So now that the Redskins got the guy they coveted, can someone explain to us why in the hell they coveted him?

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  1. chunky soupy sales says: Jan 5, 2010 8:56 PM

    And the price of gas will NOT go up this summer.

  2. JP420 says: Jan 5, 2010 8:57 PM

    I couldnt have said this any better myself.

  3. Cleg says: Jan 5, 2010 8:57 PM

    Christ Florio – you the King Hater. Goodness, this is a great day for the Redskins. Who care what you and the other haters think. This team is on the way back to respectability.
    Hail to the Redskins, Hail Victory, Braves on the Warpath, Fight for Old D.C.

  4. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Jan 5, 2010 8:59 PM

    “Shanahan has final say in Washington”
    There goes the neighborhood. He’s a brutal GM.

  5. john says: Jan 5, 2010 8:59 PM

    Since you dont like Mike Shanahan who would you have picked?

  6. Commish says: Jan 5, 2010 9:00 PM

    The guy who has won only one playoff game in the eleven years since winning a second straight Super Bowl with a team built largely by someone else, and held together in part by proven salary-cap violations for which the Broncos were fined nearly $2 million and stripped of two third-round draft picks.
    The media never brings this up in the same conversation as spygate. But they clearly cheated and won a superbowl. What a joke.

  7. Ravens Macg says: Jan 5, 2010 9:00 PM

    This is great! Deadskins will still be the laughing stock of the NFL!!!

  8. DoughBoyRAC says: Jan 5, 2010 9:00 PM

    Now maybe Shanahan can afford to get those fake teeth fixed so he can stop looking like Mr. Ed!

  9. superius says: Jan 5, 2010 9:00 PM

    Snyder always wants the flashy name.. The only difference is its an over priced coach instead of a player this time.

  10. Daggert says: Jan 5, 2010 9:00 PM

    So then why hire Allen to begin with? To add ‘credibility’ to the front office? Why do that if you are just going to give MS all the power. And if you are Allen, why would you agree to that? For the paycheck? Or does he now serve as the defacto President of the team? I need answers.

  11. KingJoe! says: Jan 5, 2010 9:00 PM

    Well it surely makes the NFC East even more of a glamor division.

  12. BillsFan27 says: Jan 5, 2010 9:01 PM

    Good question.
    This deal has “laughable” written all over it in a year or two from now.
    When a team and an egotistical owner make such a big deal out of a guy, fail at keeping it a secret, disregard the Rooney Rule, and finally get their guy – EVERYONE better exceed expectations.

  13. shally says: Jan 5, 2010 9:01 PM

    you are SUCH a hater..who better is there out there now ?
    or, do you just hope that the Redskins are perpetually a crappy team ?
    shame on you !

  14. darlak says: Jan 5, 2010 9:01 PM

    cowher to buffalo!

  15. EShine says: Jan 5, 2010 9:02 PM

    They got him because Portis said to.

  16. scampbell1975 says: Jan 5, 2010 9:02 PM

    Florio, your a douche

  17. scampbell1975 says: Jan 5, 2010 9:02 PM

    Florio, you are an a$$bag

  18. ladybucs&steelersnut says: Jan 5, 2010 9:03 PM

    Because it’s Dan Snyder & he doesn’t know how to SOLVE problems, only how to throw money at them. He wants what he wants when he wants it….don’t worry he’ll tire of it all in a year when it doesn’t work out (because he hasn’t given it time to).
    This moron makes the Bucs owners look like they know something, and that’s just sad.

  19. boysroll says: Jan 5, 2010 9:04 PM

    HILARIOUS. ANOTHER LOSER OVERPAID EMPLOYEE OF THE 4SKIN ORG.
    1 PLAYOFF WIN IN 11 SEASONS AFTER OTHERS BUILT THE TEAM THAT WON THE SB FOR THIS LOSER.
    TALK ABOUT A SCREWED UP ORG. I PREDICT LAST IN THE NFC AND THE BEST THIS ORG WILL DO 5-11 FOR 5 YRS STRAIGHT. LAST PLACE IN THE NFC EAST TOO.
    BY THE WAY….4SKINS HAVE WON ONE NFC TITLE SINCE 91..LIONS ARE BETTER THAN THIS DYSFUNCTIONAL ORG. OH WAIT…THEY BEAT YOUR HORRID ORG…LMFAO.

  20. Vince says: Jan 5, 2010 9:04 PM

    Why are you hating on the Skins when you picked them to go to the super bowl. Pony up and praise them Florio.. your such a tool.

  21. VoxVagina says: Jan 5, 2010 9:05 PM

    He’s going to make their running game good, but their QB situation will be very iffy. They are already solid defensively. I think Shanahan would be successful anywhere else but in DC. He will be good, but not great. I predict a couple of playoff years under him, but no Super Bowl. Snyder will find a way to get involved and screw up.

  22. golfrules says: Jan 5, 2010 9:06 PM

    There ain’t no fixin stupid!!

  23. boleyn9 says: Jan 5, 2010 9:07 PM

    I wonder if you would have asked the same questions if he had signed with Houston, Chicago, or Dallas. Somehow, I doubt it.
    To answer your question, Shanahan is regarded in the same way that Jeff Fischer is in the league. Fischer’s teams haven’t been that stellar either and he has zero Super Bowl trophies. Still, ask any GM in the league should Fischer become unemployed, he would have a new job in a second. Shanahan commands the same respect.

  24. enigma says: Jan 5, 2010 9:08 PM

    finally, someone who actually sees Shanny for what he is….or isn’t. He was a good offensive coordinator, a mediocre head coach and a lousy personnel guy. Good luck Washington

  25. Corrupt3d says: Jan 5, 2010 9:08 PM

    Because you touch yourself at night Florio.

  26. WTE says: Jan 5, 2010 9:09 PM

    Well said Florio.
    Shanny is the most over-rated Coach/GM that ever existed.
    Broncos fans like to think that circumventing the salary cap under Shanny didn’t provide a competitive advantage but they’re dead wrong!
    The money saved was used to build Invesco. The new stadium provided extra revenue to allow better scouting, highly paid coaches, improved media dept., better weight rooms, extra perks for coaches & players, etc.
    That’s a competitive advantage if I’ve ever seen one.
    Cheaters.

  27. Arrowhead Gold says: Jan 5, 2010 9:10 PM

    Thank you, Florio, for bringing the ugly truth to the table. Too bad for Redskin fans; they have to eat this dinner for the next few seasons.

  28. db3300 says: Jan 5, 2010 9:10 PM

    ‘…reports that Shanahan … now has the “ultimate authority” over football decisions.’
    You misspelled ‘Snyder’.
    Anyone who thinks Shanahan will have ‘ultimate authority’ hasn’t been paying attention.

  29. MyAdidas says: Jan 5, 2010 9:11 PM

    Here’s the thing Florio, I like your site. I appreciate that you got it this far and built it up to what it is. But at this point you are hurting your product by continuing to write “articles”. Hire some folks who are better writters. Ask them to stick to the facts and dont slant everything with their own biases. Dont be deadspin. You’re better than that. Write?

  30. SlimPickens says: Jan 5, 2010 9:11 PM

    another day being a dallas fan just got better

  31. j-wil says: Jan 5, 2010 9:12 PM

    Good Grief, enough w/your obsession over this joke called the Rooney rule! Tell me this smart guy, as an owner, if your hiring criteria is hiring a head coach that has won a superbowl, (meaning you are willing to pay top dollar) what are the options out there that would make you happy? Exactly………..

  32. skinsman says: Jan 5, 2010 9:12 PM

    Maybe it has something to do with his 16 year career of 146 wins and 98 losses in the regular season and an 8-5 record in the playoffs. Why so negative??

  33. mosby76 says: Jan 5, 2010 9:13 PM

    Come on Florio….you are so negative about the Skins its over the top. Your piece on 106.7 here in DC the other day was one thing….but even for you this is nuts. Not everything is a conspiracy theory. No one expected Shanahan to take orders from Allen. Working together will get it done, kinda like that guy named Belichick in New England…

  34. froggy says: Jan 5, 2010 9:13 PM

    It was all promises and patronizing when Spurrier got on Danny Boy’s jet eight years ago. I think we’ve seen how this movie is going to play out, whether it’s Spurrier, Pepper Rodgers or Ratface.

  35. dlr4skins says: Jan 5, 2010 9:13 PM

    Pretty easy Florio. He knows more football than you, Zorn, and I combined. Not likely many more coaches, with options, were going to DC.
    Boy your like a woman, never seem happy regardless of what a team does.!?
    Maybe your still a little upset with your Super Bowl prediction.
    As smart as you seem to be (you often trump Cowherd with arrogance) the Redskins are better off today then Christmas.
    DEATH TO THE WORTHLESS ROONEY RULE!

  36. Just a Guy says: Jan 5, 2010 9:13 PM

    I don’t know if I’ve ever experienced such a HATER as Florio.. Wow. One of the most respected and accomplished active coaches in the league and the question is ‘why was he coveted’? Are you serious? Seriously, is there anyone who gets less respect as a ‘journalist’ than Florio?

  37. Richm2256 says: Jan 5, 2010 9:14 PM

    “So now that the Redskins got the guy they coveted, can someone explain to us why in the hell they coveted him?”
    That’s easy, Mike; it’s because Mangini was still locked in.
    No thanks necessary, just doin’ my part.

  38. Channel124 says: Jan 5, 2010 9:15 PM

    Toolio, you are the Keith Olbermann of internet sports media…and that is not a compliment.

  39. Cranbo says: Jan 5, 2010 9:15 PM

    The guy took Jake Plummer to the playoffs, so he’s got to be better than what they’ve had. Stop hating Florio, it makes you look like a jerk. Or Pasqerelli.

  40. Floriola says: Jan 5, 2010 9:19 PM

    The bottom line is the ‘Skins are at a point now where any move they make at head coach will be criticized, no matter what. The only way to earn respect and legitimacy is to win so all they can do is what they think is best for that goal and expect the criticism in the meantime.

  41. cunn9305 says: Jan 5, 2010 9:21 PM

    Man talk about lobbin’ bombs …

  42. Kige Ramsey says: Jan 5, 2010 9:27 PM

    “So now that the Redskins got the guy they coveted, can someone explain to us why in the hell they coveted him?”
    Dang Florio a little fiesty tonight are we?

  43. msgtsgray says: Jan 5, 2010 9:27 PM

    So now, because the Skins didn’t get punished for Florio “Exposing” them for how they satisfied the Rooney Rule, he is going to start bashing Shanahan. If he wound up in Chicago, Buffalo or Houston I am sure Florio would be praising those teams for the great hire. But, because it is the Skins, he immediately goes into hate mode.
    Hey Florio, I have some breaking news for you, during coin flips, the skins players stand in the wrong spots on the field sometimes. They should be punished. Hurry up and expose them, to see if the commisioner will do something…wait, that’s right, he views you as a joke.

  44. fifthorkid says: Jan 5, 2010 9:30 PM

    @ boysroll
    Way to go, great post from a fan of a team that has what, 1 playoff win since 1996. How about winning something in the 21st century, then talk smack.
    I looking forward to another playoff collapse starting this weekend when Philly rolls the “boys”. (Oh yeah in jerry-world)

  45. sunflower100 says: Jan 5, 2010 9:31 PM

    Not a Redskins or a Broncos fan at all, but the Redskins needed to attempt to bring in someone to fix their offense. So they went with an offensive minded coach, but wasn’t Zorn also an offensive minded coach?
    I think they would have been better off not getting a repeat.

  46. When your a hammer everything looks like a nail... says: Jan 5, 2010 9:31 PM

    This absolute fabrication that the broncos Superbowl teams were built by someone else???
    Because Elway, Sharpe,Zimmerman and Atwater where already there…And while Rod Smith was on the practice squad when MS arrived he was no where near the player he turned out to be, also players MS brought it for those teams. Tom Nalen, Mark Schlereth, Ed McCaffery, Dwayne Carswell, Howard Griffith, Terrell Davis, Neil Smith, Trevor Pryce, Bill Romanowks and Ray Crocket…Those players complimented what they already had into a powerfull team that at one point won 19 straight….

  47. sunflower100 says: Jan 5, 2010 9:33 PM

    Daggert–
    there is probably a lot of Stuff Shannan didn’t want to do as a HC that he needs a GM for (such as negotating player contracts).

  48. gibbs4life says: Jan 5, 2010 9:34 PM

    Ravens Macg, as long as the ravens are in the league, you all will always be the laughing stock.

  49. Diggs says: Jan 5, 2010 9:36 PM

    But Florio, you haven’t told us yet if you think the Redskins complied with the Rooney Rule?
    But Florio, you haven’t told us yet if you think the Redskins complied with the Rooney Rule?
    But Florio, you haven’t told us yet if you think the Redskins complied with the Rooney Rule?
    But Florio, you haven’t told us yet if you think the Redskins complied with the Rooney Rule?

  50. Mangy66 says: Jan 5, 2010 9:37 PM

    # john says: January 5, 2010 8:59 PM
    Since you dont like Mike Shanahan who would you have picked?
    ————————–
    That’s just it. Flo-Ri-Duh wouldn’t have the cojones to make a decision on the color shirt he wears (that’s where Mrs. Flo-Ri-Duh comes in), let alone making a decision like that.
    See…now Flo-Ri-Duh would have to pick a GM/HC candidate who has an incredible record the last few years.
    Oh wait…anyone falling in that category is already employed.
    Florio…once again, you’re showing your Redskin Hating colors, and once again…it makes you look like an idiot.

  51. ppdoc13 says: Jan 5, 2010 9:37 PM

    How many SB winning coaches have gone on to coach another team to the SB and win? Answer – none.
    How many have gone on to even take another team to the SB? Answer 2 – The Walrus and the Tuna.
    The Danny got what he wanted. Now all the idiot 4Skin fans will be happy. That is until the Danny starts meddling, the team sucks, Allen and Shanny can’t get along and its another Cluster F–K.
    As long as the Danny owns that team they has as much chance of long term success as the Orioles with their meddling owner Peter Angelos. What do the Danny and Angelos have in common? Rich, very short men with Napoleon complexes aka Little Man’s Syndrome.
    Best part is that 50 miles away we are again in the playoffs with our understated HC and our second year QB. It’s wonderful to be in Bmore and watch the Redskins implode time after time after time.

  52. scampbell1975 says: Jan 5, 2010 9:38 PM

    He also brings a decent OC with him.

  53. JimmyY says: Jan 5, 2010 9:40 PM

    Thank you Mikey! Agree completely.

  54. hotchick says: Jan 5, 2010 9:42 PM

    You hire the big name coach and you get blasted for getting the retread who hasn’t won anything in years. Of course if he won nthing in the last few years he would not be available.
    OR
    You hire the no name or inexperienced “never been a HC before” guy and get blasted for going the cheap route.
    Yes he won when he had Elway. Fact is other then Gibbs and Walsh who are the other coaches who won with different QB’s? Its rare to have a great one and quickly replace him with another great one. Its a greater rarity to win it all with crap at QB.

  55. Skins2Win says: Jan 5, 2010 9:45 PM

    Why are you so upset about the fact that they interviewed a minority candidate before they had the coaching vacancy? Other than being a slap in the face to Zorn (again), it provides the same opportunity that a minority candidate would have if the Redskins waited a couple weeks to interview him. Everyone knew they wanted Shanahan, but if Grey, or any other candidate had come in and “wowed” them, they may have changed course and opted to hire the candidate after Zorn was fired. I really don’t see how the timing makes a difference in this other than being a courtesy to the current head coach. I doubt if they waited until after Zorn was fired to hold the interview that they would’ve gave any more consideration to hire Grey than what they had made their mind up already on.

  56. rstwrt24 says: Jan 5, 2010 9:46 PM

    @boysroll …..
    its a pretty ballsy move for a Cowboys fan to write an entire post in CAPS, ranting about the fact that the Redskins just hired a “loser” coach whos’ lonely playoff win in the last 11 years is ……….
    ONE MORE PLAYOFF WIN THAN YOUR BOYS’ HAVE IN THE LAST 14 YEARS

  57. PatricktheDookie says: Jan 5, 2010 9:52 PM

    The salary cap “violations” had less to do with competition and more to do with funding for their new stadium.
    We all know you hate Shanahan, Florio, but don’t act like Denver cheated their way to legit super bowl victories. That’s low.

  58. smiley says: Jan 5, 2010 9:53 PM

    …because he has two Super Bowl rings? I know, I know…Elway. Don’t forget, Elway couldn’t win one without Shanahan either. Hail!

  59. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 5, 2010 9:55 PM

    Shoulda kept Norval.

  60. MaximaWSE says: Jan 5, 2010 9:55 PM

    why the bitterness florio? Not your first choice?
    I love the one playoff victory in 11 yrs argument, 3 times the Broncos lost in the playoffs to the eventual superbowl champs during that time.
    Shannahan is so light years ahead of what’s walking out the door its laughable. You want to throw stones at him fine, but as a redskin fan we are 10 times better off now then we were 2 weeks ago.

  61. jrforbes3 says: Jan 5, 2010 9:59 PM

    Cleg says:
    January 5, 2010 8:57 PM
    Christ Florio – you the King Hater. Goodness, this is a great day for the Redskins. Who care what you and the other haters think. This team is on the way back to respectability.
    Hail to the Redskins, Hail Victory, Braves on the Warpath, Fight for Old D.C.
    ————————————————–
    Cleg – well said. Shanahan is a great coach! Every player that played for him gives him a lot of respect! Coaches coach…players have to execute. This a GREAT DAY for Redskin Fans.

  62. I Hustled Earl Haffler says: Jan 5, 2010 9:59 PM

    “I think they would have been better off not getting a repeat.”
    I suggest you start watching games.
    Zorn was EASILY one of the 3 worst head coaches I have seen in the last 15 years. Completely in over his head. Again, Snyder’s fault.
    No chance this isn’t a tremendous upgrade.

  63. jamaltimore says: Jan 5, 2010 10:01 PM

    Can’t wait to watch/listen to this trainwreck for the next 3 years. Last guy he worked so long to get was The Ole Ball Coach. Nothing sounder better the Gibbs returning and while they at least weren’t the laughingstock of the NFL most don’t consider it a succes. It’s sad but does any redskin fan have “true” faith beltbuckle boy will turn this around?
    Who’d figure the REDSKINS would spit on the ROONEY RULE!

  64. mwcarolina says: Jan 5, 2010 10:03 PM

    jeez, Florio, i have no idea why you bring up the Rooney rule, they didn’t violate it and you seem to be the only one who says they did, as for him being the vp, yes he will have the final say, but look at it like this, Shanahan and Allen are MUCH MUCH MUCH better than Snyder making all personal decisions.

  65. Bill In DC says: Jan 5, 2010 10:06 PM

    Cleg – well said. Shanahan is a great coach! Every player that played for him gives him a lot of respect! Coaches coach…players have to execute. This a GREAT DAY for Redskin Fans.
    ——————–
    Yep, I give him two years before ‘The Danny’ fires him. If he thinks he’ll have ‘final say’ in personnel he’s smoking some pretty good stuff.
    I fail to see how a guy that was 7-9 & 8-8 his last two years and more or less got the same deal Barry Switzer got in Dallas with a great roster with a HOF QB & RB is a ‘great coach’. Oh yeah did folks forget his sterling performance in Oakland (4-12 over two seasons before being fired). If he’s such a great coach how come he couldn’t win without someone elses players?

  66. TheBigOldDog says: Jan 5, 2010 10:08 PM

    “Shanahan has final say in Washington”
    Anybody told Michelle yet? Better Shanahan than Obama I say.

  67. DCilman says: Jan 5, 2010 10:12 PM

    I am so sick of the “Shanahan shouldn’t get any credit for 2 superbowls because he had Elway” argument. Does Shanahan really not deserve ANY credit for those? None? Not even a little for the playoff wins that preceded those superbowls? I guess Elway coached the team. I guess Elway installed a running game that made Terrel Davis look like Walter Payton and later made Rueben Droughns and Tatum Bell look like great backs. Even though Elway was there for many years before Shanahan came along and never won the SB before, Shanahan should still get ZERO credit. After Elway left Shanahans record is 91 – 69. I guess Elway willed the Broncos to that record by rooting really hard from his couch.

  68. Rat_Boy says: Jan 5, 2010 10:13 PM

    Is this the same Florio that got busted stealing posts from message boards and posting them as his own content?
    Is this the same Florio that picked the Redskins to win the Super Bowl this year?
    LOL..
    What a joke.

  69. foresttdog says: Jan 5, 2010 10:17 PM

    Another unprofessional article about the Redskins.

  70. Furious George says: Jan 5, 2010 10:20 PM

    Denver is probably the best example of cheating in recent history… they directly violated the cap and bought players the very same years they were fined and won. probably even bigger cheaters than the jets, steelers and 49ers. salary cap violations are dispicable… its stealing. dirty scumbags.

  71. Gunther69 says: Jan 5, 2010 10:35 PM

    Jerry Gray more than once. The Committee sure has alot of power. An interview isn’t an interview if the circumstances are right. The Washington Post let their dogs loose to glean the facts. Geez, must be a slow news day.

  72. NFLMMAfan says: Jan 5, 2010 10:42 PM

    gibbs4life says:
    January 5, 2010 9:34 PM
    Ravens Macg, as long as the ravens are in the league, you all will always be the laughing stock.
    ~~~~~
    Daniel M. (Midget) Snyder turns the Redskins fan base in a laughing stock.
    How about those Redskins? Oh, wait! The Midget raised your expectations again!
    But your season tickets now! Sell the seats, the suites and the treats! Raise the prices!
    Come on and admit it. Doesn’t the Midget’s plan to take your money get old after 10 or 11 years of putting an inferior product on the field?

  73. Qban Buc says: Jan 5, 2010 10:44 PM

    It will take a while for Mr. Spam -N-Ham to repair that team anyhow. The NFL is still not scared.

  74. eknirb says: Jan 5, 2010 10:45 PM

    As a Cowboys fan long-term, all I know is, as long as Snyder owns the team- I hope for decades- the Skins will never be a factor. Vince Lombardi wouldn’t have won with that little troll.
    How bout dem Cowboys.

  75. efangule says: Jan 5, 2010 10:45 PM

    Furious George says:
    January 5, 2010 10:20 PM
    Denver is probably the best example of cheating in recent history… they directly violated the cap and bought players the very same years they were fined and won. probably even bigger cheaters than the jets, steelers and 49ers. salary cap violations are dispicable… its stealing. dirty scumbags.

  76. rsa says: Jan 5, 2010 10:46 PM

    SSDD.

  77. Opie says: Jan 5, 2010 10:51 PM

    Rat_Boy says:
    January 5, 2010 10:13 PM
    Is this the same Florio that got busted stealing posts from message boards and posting them as his own content?
    Is this the same Florio that picked the Redskins to win the Super Bowl this year?
    LOL..
    What a joke.
    ______________________________
    Yes, indeed. Shameful ain’t it?

  78. r_u_shtn_me says: Jan 5, 2010 10:59 PM

    “So now that the Redskins got the guy they coveted, can someone explain to us why in the hell they coveted him?”
    Tell ya what Florio, in answer it’s because he will put the Skins in the playoffs this year. If I’m right, I’ll switch jobs with you, Okay?

  79. Warlock says: Jan 5, 2010 10:59 PM

    Still say Buddy Ryan …..could have got him for horse feed

  80. acm1120 says: Jan 5, 2010 11:03 PM

    hey Florio-STFU-how come your co-host is white on PFTV. Did u interview any minorities. maybe nbc should have forced u too.
    The washington redskins just made a great hire. 2 time sb winner…over 130 wins in his career.

  81. mike foolrio says: Jan 5, 2010 11:06 PM

    Dude you need to go see a Doctor, I never seen so much contempt and hate for a team. Your a pathetic
    nonsensical doggerel is waste of print. Never seen a so called journalist obsessed over the Rooney Rule and the Redskins. Get your Prozac prescription renewed.

  82. elroy says: Jan 5, 2010 11:09 PM

    People don’t understand the exact details of what the broncos did wrong. they got players such as terrell davis and john elway to defer the cash they were owed until a later date because the team had cash flow problems. they didn’t receive “millions not reported on the salary cap” or anything like that. their salaries were still accounted for in the salary cap, they just didn’t receive payment until a later date. the penalties were over how the interest on the payments was accounted for, and because at the time teams weren’t suppose to defer payments.

  83. Gweez says: Jan 5, 2010 11:14 PM

    Ah Florio, non biased Journalism. It’s like reading an Al Gore article on the pros and cons of global warming.

  84. stnmmc says: Jan 5, 2010 11:21 PM

    I hope the guy who commented the other day about Elway being carried to the super bowl by Shanahan reads this.

  85. Furious George says: Jan 5, 2010 11:28 PM

    whatdiga says:
    January 5, 2010 10:45 PM
    Furious George says:
    January 5, 2010 10:20 PM
    Denver is probably the best example of cheating in recent history… they directly violated the cap and bought players the very same years they were fined and won. probably even bigger cheaters than the jets, steelers and 49ers. salary cap violations are dispicable… its stealing. dirty scumbags.

  86. mrph22 says: Jan 5, 2010 11:39 PM

    “So now that the Redskins got the guy they coveted, can someone explain to us why in the hell they coveted him?”
    Go figure. The Seahawks coveted Mora so much they willingly pushed Holmgren out to make room! Who is ‘stupider’?

  87. The Wolverine says: Jan 5, 2010 11:53 PM

    Just listen to the men who played for the great Shannan. To a man they all said the same thing about him- Great!!!!! , A winner and of course a superb field leader. Those who are bad mouthing this hire are just jealous. The Redskins are going to the TOP!!!!!!!!!!

  88. realitypolice says: Jan 5, 2010 11:54 PM

    One playoff win in the last 11 years. LMFAO. I knew his record since Elway’s retirement was not good, but I didn’t realize it was that pathetic.
    Congratulations, Redskins, for grabbing another big name, high priced, over-rated has been. Once again, the Redskins win the offseason and once again, will fail in the regular season. Awesome.

  89. GB3Pack4 says: Jan 5, 2010 11:55 PM

    Wow, Mike – talk about left field! I didn’t see that last sentence coming, the why in the hell did they covet him one, where you list all the negatives in his background –
    All these weeks, it’s just been one respectful comment after another – wait, that in itself was a departure. Should have told me something right there – my bad -

  90. Warpath4Life says: Jan 5, 2010 11:58 PM

    So, if the Colts win the Superbowl this year.. does that mean their Coach basically won on a team built by Dungy?? Does that mean that Mike Tomlin won because of a team built by Cowher?? For all you haters.. that sit and spew stupid hate that means nothing on these stupid little message boards.. this was an upgrade over Zorn/Cerrato. ANYTHING would be an upgrade. You can’t blame an owner to try and win and if any of us owned a team we’d want to try and do the same thing. I bleed burg. & gold and I will until I die. I’m not saying we’re going to dominate, but we’re in a better situation than we were a year ago.

  91. Warpath4Life says: Jan 6, 2010 12:05 AM

    Anyone forget that Shanny was the OC in San Fran when they were dominant? Forgot that little stat, didn’t ya, Florio?

  92. Warpath4Life says: Jan 6, 2010 12:15 AM

    2 Super Bowls.. Offensive Coordinater for the 49er’s in their 1994 Super Bowl Win.. I think he’s a pretty good choice.

  93. DJSlyBri says: Jan 6, 2010 12:17 AM

    As an Eagles fan, I have to thank the Deadskins for hiring the most overrated coach out there, who won two Super Bowls with a team built by Dan Reeves and did nothing without Elway and T.D.

  94. Warpath4Life says: Jan 6, 2010 12:20 AM

    and a few more stats for you haters.. this is WHY WE COVET!!!
    Posted the most wins in pro football history during a three-year period (46 in 1996–98).
    Won the most postseason games in history over a two-year period (seven, 1997–98).
    Been undefeated and untied for three consecutive regular seasons (1996–98) at home, just the second team ever to be undefeated and untied at home in three consecutive years. The Miami Dolphins posted three consecutive seasons of untied undefeated home records from 1972 to 1974. Including playoff games, the Dolphins had won 31 consecutive home games from 1971 to 1974. Oddly enough, in 1999 on the opening Monday Night Football game, the Miami Dolphins ended the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos streak with a 38–21 win in Denver.
    In 2004, he joined the exclusive club of head coaches to post 100 wins in his first 10 seasons with one club, finishing the campaign and decade tied for fourth on this ultra-impressive list of 12 coaches, six of whom are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
    Has the second most victories against the Oakland Raiders with a record of 21–7. Only Marty Schottenheimer has a better W–L record with a 27–6 record against the Raiders.
    Joins Vince Lombardi, Don Shula, Chuck Noll, Jimmy Johnson and Bill Belichick as the only six coaches to win back-to-back Super Bowls.
    He is the second coach in history to win two Super Bowl titles in his first four years coaching a team (Shula did it first with the Miami Dolphins in 1972 and 1973 and Belichick did it later, winning two Super Bowls in his first four seasons in New England in 2001 and 2003).
    Highest winning percentage in Denver history (.646).
    Shanahan is among seven coaches in pro football history to post four wins in one postseason along with Tom Flores, Joe Gibbs, Brian Billick, Bill Cowher, Tony Dungy and Tom Coughlin.
    The all-time high of 636 points in a season came from the 1994 Super Bowl Champion San Francisco 49ers, for whom Shanahan was the offensive coordinator. This was eclipsed during the 2007 season when the New England Patriots scored 589 points in the regular season and 66 points in the postseason for a total of 655 points.
    During his NFL career, Shanahan has been a part of teams that have played in 10 Conference Championship Games, in addition to his six Super Bowl appearances, five with Denver and
    Super Bowl XXIX with San Francisco.

  95. MH says: Jan 6, 2010 12:26 AM

    Shanahan will have Washington at 9-7 or 10-6 in 2010 and better in 2011. There is talent on the Redskins and the new staff under Shanahan will maximize it. Get ready NFC East, it just got tougher.

  96. rydendonkeys says: Jan 6, 2010 12:26 AM

    “Won championships largely on a team built my someone else”
    LMAO
    So stupid.
    Who called the plays?
    Who drafted T.D.?
    Whose offense was it?
    Who oversaw the entire team and defense?
    Who brought in Neil Smith, Alfred Williams, Ray Crockett, Romo, Eddie Mac, Rod Smith the undrafted FA…
    AND>……….
    If he is so power hungry and “ULTIMATE AUTHORITY”, that even more evidence of how he OWNED THOSE CHAMPIONSHIPS YOU MORON!!!!!
    You destroy your own argument yourself dimwit.

  97. BrentonDuvs says: Jan 6, 2010 12:33 AM

    Florio this saddens me…you are completely hating! That’s all there is to it!
    Trust me…I’ve said the same things about Shanahan. YOU however, BARELY have up until this point!
    Pure hating…for shame.
    Still love you.

  98. spliffbunker says: Jan 6, 2010 12:39 AM

    “with a team built largely by someone else”
    wrong Florio….whose team are you talking about…Reeves or Wade’s ?
    you should go back & look…he blew up the roster
    I’ll grant you he had Elway Sharpe Zimmerman etc in place but the team he took over in 95 was not exactly a powerhouse & if you bothered to check you would have found out he actually built a pretty decent defense
    ” So now that the Redskins got the guy they coveted, can someone explain to us why in the hell they coveted him? ”
    why dont you tell us? i thought you were the expert

  99. chunky soupy sales says: Jan 6, 2010 1:05 AM

    “do you just hope that the Redskins are perpetually a crappy team ?”
    Not so much hope as count on.
    Fail Redskins! Red and Yellow!

  100. Dom says: Jan 6, 2010 1:32 AM

    Love the site… First time poster. I find it amusing how many people read it religously just to bash Florio. It’s like a Jedi mind trick. Classic.
    Anyway, not sure if anyone else posted this, but I would like to point out (in a non bashing, heterosexual manner) that it was widely reported in the end of December that the Redskins secondary coach Jerry Gray (who is an African American, aka BLACK) had multiple interviews for Washington’s head coaching job, satisfying the Rooney Rule. You can google it if you want or just read it on the wash post.com. Sorry, Florio, but I guess you really are as dumb as you look. Keep writing so the haters can keep hating!

  101. SkinsFanInNebraska says: Jan 6, 2010 1:35 AM

    Hey, if he can get Clinton Portis to either shut his mouth and play football or else leave town, he’ll be miles ahead of the last guy who coached in DC.

  102. azure says: Jan 6, 2010 3:05 AM

    ladybucs&steelersnut says:
    January 5, 2010 9:03 PM
    Because it’s Dan Snyder & he doesn’t know how to SOLVE problems, only how to throw money at them. He wants what he wants when he wants it….don’t worry he’ll tire of it all in a year when it doesn’t work out (because he hasn’t given it time to).
    Wow, you just perfectly described a Democrat :)

  103. Brownwood26 says: Jan 6, 2010 5:28 AM

    I’m not sure why you took this decidedly negative tone on a story that to this point, you played pretty straight. Playing the “he won with someone else’s team” card is lame, especially when he didn’t win a Super Bowl until his 3rd year with Denver. It also discounts roughly half the Super Bowl winning coaches in league history.
    So if you don’t think it’s going to change anything in Washington, then say that. Just don’t present it to people like it’s a bad hire, especially after suffering thru 2 years apiece of Jim Zorn and Steve Spurrier.

  104. shamemaker says: Jan 6, 2010 6:32 AM

    Timid quarterback and burnt out running back for sale. cheap.

  105. mafioso3277 says: Jan 6, 2010 7:45 AM

    I just love how everyone keeps bringing up the same old facts about how Shanahan never won a superbowl without Elway. Well guess what Elway never one without Shanahan either!!! Well then I guess Bill Walsh sucks a$$ as a coach too cause he had Montana and Dungy is a bum because he had Manning and not to mention Belechick who NFL insiders praise all the time is a scrub because he has Brady! Everybody needs to realize it takes great players and a coach to win not one or the other. Stop hating on the hire and get a life!

  106. mjdelos25 says: Jan 6, 2010 7:50 AM

    as a die hard skins fan I have been wondering the same thing. Y not go after a guy like cowher and give him full control. I have been trying to convince skins fans that while this is an upgrade over Zorn he isnt the hero they are trying to make him out to be……he hasnt won jack sh*t in 11 yrs

  107. Raiders757 says: Jan 6, 2010 8:15 AM

    I hate to come to the defense of Mike Shanahan, but damn, Florio.
    You sound as if you claim his Super Bowl teams came in a prefab package for the guy. Did you not forget that he replaced Wade Phillips, who coached the Broncos to a 16-17 record? The Broncos were not in good shape when Shanahan took over. They ere headed down a slippery slope during that era. Shanahan turned that team around in a big way.
    I’ll give you the cheating the cap. That does taint his rings a decent amount, but never-the-less, he got the team to two Super Bowls and won them both. No matter how much you cheat, you still have to play the games, and cheating is no guarantee that your going to win.
    One playoff win in 11 years. That win got them to the AFC Championship game.
    I don’t think he is the be all, end all savior for the Redskins, but he’s a damn good hire. The Skins will be a much better team in the coming years.

  108. mr.football says: Jan 6, 2010 9:18 AM

    Only half of what I’ve read here is actually related to football. So let’s get back to the issue. FOOTBALL. As far as NFL coaches go, Mike Shanahan is a class act who runs a tight ship. He will straighten some things out. Granted, some of the ‘Skins fans don’t deserve a guy like him, but some other fans do. He’s good for the game. Is he the only coach in history to have some salary cap violations during a 2 year Super Bowl run? No. He is not.
    I believe he will make the Redskins a respectable team again. They will once again be able to compete with the Cowboys, Eagles & Giants. And for those who have been frustrated with the win/loss record in recent years, that alone will be a big plus. Hey Redskins fans, he will get you back to the playoffs! Count your blessings. There are many worse choices out there.

  109. bake says: Jan 6, 2010 9:22 AM

    Bottom line, who do you want coaching your team- Jim Zorn or Mike Shanahan? It is an upgrade of huge proportions. The guy has run an organization for a long time, knows what to do. And if you’ve ever had a leadership role and lost it, waited and then got another shot, that time in between provides a great deal of learning and insight. He will do BETTER in DC than he did in Denver.
    The only question is personnel moves. Managing the guys he has and getting the most out of them, he will be great. Choosing personnel, we’ll have to wait and see what Allen, Snyder and him do together.
    AS long as they get back to beating the cowboys, that’s all that matters. If they went 2-14 next year, but they beat the boys, I’d be thrilled. Just to shut them the f@#$%^ up

  110. ham1 says: Jan 6, 2010 9:41 AM

    at DJSlyBri
    So what? Like Andy Reid is better? Like you won a superbowl? What the real shame is you have had great players, Westbrook, Mcnabb, Dawkins, etc… and its all a freaking waste. No Trophy.
    On Shanny not winning a SB after Elway and Davis moved on.. At least he maximized the return for talent. When he had it he won. Better then the Egirls have yet to prove. Hell, they cant close a deal with talent. No SB win for you.
    What a waste of talent. Losers.

  111. Florio'sahotdog says: Jan 6, 2010 9:46 AM

    Florio Like the name says you are without a doubt the King of HOT DOGS!!! You allways have an opinion but never,never an answer. There were glory days for the Washington Redskins and all the fans want is for those days to return to the D.C. area. The only way to aquire that goal is to try, try, try again. They will find the answer and hopefully Mike Shanahan is that answer. Only time will tell So give them the benfit of the doubt for Christ sake!!!

  112. Asswipe Johnson (Pronounced Az-Wee-Pay) says: Jan 6, 2010 11:28 AM

    The fit of Shanahan here makes sense. Washington’s glory days were always about a great running game and offense. Shanahan brings that very expertise to this team.
    This may seem far fetched to some…but I have a gut feeling Shanahan is going to try and get Jake Plummer back into the league. Tampa Bay had retained Plummer’s rights up until this past Sunday.

  113. spliffbunker says: Jan 6, 2010 2:50 PM

    @ as…az wee pay…Mr Johnson :
    that is far fetched as Jake threw Shanahan under the bus when he was fired…the only former player to do so
    I think Shanahan can help Jason Campbell develop…its hard to tell about Campbell…I think there is something there but every time I have seen the Redskins he is running for his life
    Shanahan knows how to build an offensive line & a running game & gets the most out of his QB

  114. Asswipe Johnson (Pronounced Az-Wee-Pay) says: Jan 6, 2010 4:18 PM

    @ spliffbunker
    Plummer is far from the first Shanahan coached player to complain about being overworked. Back in the day when his running backs went down year after year…there was plenty of talk about his preseason overuse of key players and hard practices.
    Shannon Sharpe, Bubby Brister and practically the whole Broncos team could be said to have “thrown Shanahan under the bus” when he inserted Brian Griese as the starter at quarterback during the last preseason game. This after Shanahan promised the team that Brister was their starting quarterback, no matter what happened in the preseason. Due mainly to Brister going 8-0 the year prior when John Elway was injured.

  115. Asswipe Johnson (Pronounced Az-Wee-Pay) says: Jan 6, 2010 4:45 PM

    @ spliffbunker
    I should have added that I agree on your assessments of both Shanahan and Campbell.
    I guess on the latter…This is why I could see Shanahan bringing in one of his own, so to speak, with respects to his system. And let’s face it, one who can compete at the position. As even with Plummer a couple years out now. He is still likely a much better option than Brian Griese and many other #2 quarterbacks currently in the league…along with probably (better than) less than a handfull of #1 quarterbacks.
    There isn’t much out there these days at that position and several teams are in need.

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