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Mark Schlereth: Control freak Mike Shanahan should let his coaches coach

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Mark Schlereth played for Mike Shanahan for six years in Denver, getting to a Pro Bowl and earning two Super Bowl rings along the way. Schlereth says Shanahan is a great coach, and he thinks Shanahan has the ability to succeed with the Redskins.

But Schlereth also thinks Shanahan needs to let go and stop trying to do everything.

“I would say the one criticism I have is a lot of times he’s such a control freak that he doesn’t allow his coaches to coach,” Schlereth said on Mike and Mike in the Morning. “I think that’s an issue. You have to have a system of checks and balances where you can argue, you can fight and you can say, ‘We’re not going to do it that way.’ I don’t know that he still has that in the place that he is now, or at the end of his tenure in Denver.”

In other words, it’s Shanahan’s way or the highway, and if one of his assistants has an idea that conflicts with Shanahan’s, he doesn’t want to hear it. Hiring his son as his offensive coordinator and an old friend as his defensive coordinator is consistent with that.

Schlereth said Shanahan’s refusal to let his coaches coach is largely because he thoroughly enjoys the detail-oriented aspects of coaching more than he enjoys the big picture.

“He loves that stuff,” Schlereth said. “I think that’s one of the toughest things for any coach to do is let go of that stuff.”

Still, Schlereth isn’t writing off Shanahan’s chances of turning the Redskins around.

“There’s no question of his ability to coach,” Schlereth said. “I think that goes unquestioned. The guy has won championships before. I really believe putting guys in positions to win, offensively, I think he’s done that exceptionally well.”

At least, he did it exceptionally well in Denver in the 1990s. In 2010 in Washington, not so much.

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32 Responses to “Mark Schlereth: Control freak Mike Shanahan should let his coaches coach”
  1. joecoz17 says: Feb 18, 2011 9:58 AM

    shanahan is overrated he has done nothing since elway

  2. walkinginthewasteland says: Feb 18, 2011 9:59 AM

    Shanahan is like Cowher. Without a franchise quality QB, neither could do much more than get to the playoffs.

  3. theshakeweight says: Feb 18, 2011 10:05 AM

    Do you think he is staring down a huge piece of cheese in that picture?

  4. boneyardbuc says: Feb 18, 2011 10:07 AM

    What doesn’t Schlereth have an opinion about??

    He’s become the Curt Schilling of the NFL…

  5. ballotpull says: Feb 18, 2011 10:10 AM

    yeah he did it well….when he had el-way and turde-ell….

  6. medtxpack says: Feb 18, 2011 10:15 AM

    Shanahan aint the problem, although Schlereth does make some good points. Its his ho-hum McScabb of a QB and his ho-hum we wanna be treated like royalty defense that is screwing it up…

  7. stinkfist5 says: Feb 18, 2011 10:17 AM

    It’s his job to have an opinion…

  8. Mike Tomlin says: Feb 18, 2011 10:21 AM

    Which is the opposite of Jim Zorn who couldnt wait for one of his assistants to take over his responsibilities…

  9. Mike Tomlin says: Feb 18, 2011 10:22 AM

    and walking wasteland Cowher made it to a super bowl with Neil ODonnell and won it with a second year player, so stfu because your ignorance is showing

  10. mataug says: Feb 18, 2011 10:29 AM

    @walkinginthewasteland
    in case you look at the Super Bowl winners of the past decade or so, besides the Bucs & Ravens, one could say that all the other teams(Pats, Steelers, Colts, Saints, Giants, Packers) have had a franchise QB

  11. skeebo80 says: Feb 18, 2011 10:33 AM

    Shanahan us definitely the problem along with his sons play calling. His personnel moves have been some of the worst. Not to mention the clock management in one game. Devin Thomas,Albert Haynesworth, this list goes on. Hes surely worn out his welcome here in the DC metro.

  12. goriidskiiin says: Feb 18, 2011 10:34 AM

    I see the argument that Shanahan was nothing until Elway….Interesting….But how many Superbowls did Elway win without Shanahan? For you young people who do not remember Elway in his prime, he was always seen as just a good quarterback. He got to the superbowl a few times, and made it to a few AFC championship games, but could never win the big one.

  13. davem23 says: Feb 18, 2011 10:37 AM

    “An old friend as his defensive coordinator”, huh? Really?

    That’s breaking news, they had no prior relationship other than Coaching in the same league and the respect that entails. However, that would not support the premise of your story, so why let the facts cloud a ‘good’ piece, (city paper).

    Please where is this assertion supported by facts?

    This team has talent but lacks professionalism and sometimes an authoritarian is needed to break current paradigms.

  14. chapnastier says: Feb 18, 2011 10:37 AM

    Shanahan deserves a break after the first year in Washington. That team lacks talent at every single position and he needed to clear out the trash before he could begin to put things back together.

  15. ninjapleazee says: Feb 18, 2011 10:41 AM

    1. Schlereth is an idiot, his commentaries are down right idiotic 99.9 percent of the time. Unless its about the Broncos then he starts bending over.

    2. Shan the man is overrated and couldn’t coach a pee wee football team to a playoff with Elway

  16. edukator4 says: Feb 18, 2011 10:58 AM

    ninjapleazee says:

    2. Shan the man is overrated and couldn’t coach a pee wee football team to a playoff with Elway

    but he can coach elway-less teams to the playoffs like he did with griese, and plummer. 2000/2004/2005, but hey, lets just disregard things that get in the way of your hilarious commentary.

  17. akos420 says: Feb 18, 2011 11:03 AM

    so many people say Shanahan hasnt done anything since Elway.

    Let me ask you something, what has Belichek ever done without Tom Brady? What has Bill Cowher ever done without Big Ben? What did Tony Dungy ever do without Peyton Manning?

    Having a great QB is part of winning a superbowl, DUH.

    Wanna talk good coaches? Joe Gibbs won 3 superbowls, EACH with a different QB.

    Shanahan will turn the skins around, just need the players. Theyve got the coaching staff.

  18. joetoronto says: Feb 18, 2011 11:18 AM

    Don’t piss him off, he’ll bit you and give you rabies.

  19. joetoronto says: Feb 18, 2011 11:18 AM

    *bite*

  20. JSpicoli says: Feb 18, 2011 12:09 PM

    Shanahan’s only truly successfull run was for a few of the Elway years, and especially when he had Terrell Davis.

    No Davis=no chance.

  21. alewatcher says: Feb 18, 2011 12:18 PM

    walkinginthewasteland says: Feb 18, 2011 9:59 AM

    Shanahan is like Cowher. Without a franchise quality QB, neither could do much more than get to the playoffs.

    ————–

    Not many teams make it to the Superbowl without having a franchise QB. You could probably make this statement about virtually every team that has won a SB.

  22. ham1 says: Feb 18, 2011 12:35 PM

    Great lets watch NFL coaches like Zorn “delagate”responsiblities (head in sand approach).

    Shanny manged to get the Broncos to the playoffs wout Elway. Elway never won a SB with any other coach did he?

    I would rather have Shanny then a number of coaches in the NFL right now. I would also rather have another QB besides McNabb. He blew that all by himself. Maybe. How do I know that Fface Snyder wasnt pulling the strings on that one? I dont. FFace is the control freak. Sahnahan is a diciplinarian. A number of other teams have the same diciplinarian type coaches…Giants and Pats as an example. They have Owners who are NOT control freaks….like Fface is. Fface is the problem in DC. He always has been and unless he dies, we are going to suck it up and deal or go find another team, which I aint doing. I am going down with the ship. I am a die hard fan and I just want to live long enough to see the glory brought back to DC. Hail.

    What I never want to see is the debacle that took place in dallazz take place here. A once in a life time chance to have a SB on home turf, get pissed away the way that team did. Loads of talent. No heart. They blew that oppourtunity, tripped on their tampon strings on that one.

    Stink is just doing what hes paid to do. He always has. A warrior in the trenches, played hurt like nobodys business.I just wish he would point his observations at Fface. Even Kornhole is scared of Fface’s control.

  23. blkmanwtan says: Feb 18, 2011 12:42 PM

    Shanahan is a bum coach.

    Fired from the Los Angeles Raiders.
    Fired from the Denver Broncos.

    He won two Super Bowls with a team that were already established with Dan Reeves players, and a newly installed 4-3 defense that Wade Phillips brought to Denver.

    Once the Reeves-ness and Wade-ness left the Broncos, the Broncos were a average team that put up high offensive numbers and couldn’t win a play-off game.

    Schlereth is 100% right. Let the coaches coach. That’ll give Shanahan more time to play footies with Haynesworth.

  24. freedomispopular says: Feb 18, 2011 12:49 PM

    What did Bill Walsh do without Joe Montana? Don Shula without Marino and Griese? Lombardi without Starr? Give it a rest, people.

  25. wferg1121 says: Feb 18, 2011 12:55 PM

    alewatcher says:
    “Not many teams make it to the Superbowl without having a franchise QB. You could probably make this statement about virtually every team that has won a SB.”
    Every superbowl the Redskins won didn’t have a franchise QB, Hostetler 1990 Giants, Jim Mcmahon of 85 Bears and a huge list of Superbowl losers. In terms of the Redskins Schlereth is correct they were the top 10-13 defense for practically the last 5 years.. They switch to 3-4 defense because of Shanahan and they totally suck, some things should be left alone..

  26. saintsfan1111 says: Feb 18, 2011 1:07 PM

    When was the last time anyone won a superbowl without a great QB? Dilfer?

  27. scotchrocks says: Feb 18, 2011 1:10 PM

    I think asking “what has a coach done without X” is oversimplifying the situation.

  28. bwisnasky says: Feb 18, 2011 1:13 PM

    Shanahan won 1 playoff game without Elway/Davis…. and that took a BS pass interference call against a NE DB in the endzone for that to happen… 1 playoff game… ONE…. helped by a lousy penalty, in the snow.. at home. And most of those other playoff games that he lost were complete blowouts… to the Colts.. and most memorable, the year he got that ONE win against the Steelers at home in the AFC Champ game. As for those that bring up Elway never won anything until Shanahan.. you are partially right.. but you should be saying Elway never won anything without DAVIS. Elway took the Broncos to the Bowl 2 other times, and got manhandled because he didn’t have a running game…. Once he had a running game, he was essentially unstoppable.. and I’m a Raider fan. I hate the Broncos, I hate Elway and everything about his legacy, but in truth, it was Elway and Davis that won Shanarat his SB’s… he’s done NOTHING without them… And at that point in Elways career, after he had a running game, my wife could have coached him to the Superbowl wins.

  29. edukator4 says: Feb 18, 2011 1:47 PM

    freedomispopular says:

    What did Bill Walsh do without Joe Montana? Don Shula without Marino and Griese? Lombardi without Starr?

    you have a point but you should have left shula out of it…compared to the rest of his career, he actually didnt do anything WITH marino.

  30. bwisnasky says: Feb 18, 2011 3:20 PM

    When was the last time anyone won a superbowl without a great QB? Dilfer?

    —————————-

    I would say Brad Johnson with Tampa Bay myself….

  31. skinsdiehard says: Feb 18, 2011 6:47 PM

    It is absolutely nauseating that this guy Michael David Smith is obsessed with the Redskins. He only publishes negative articles. People – if the Skins are so irrelevant and hapless, why does the media continue to write about them? Let it go Mr. Smith. You say we are not relevant, then please let us be. The team made improvement from 2009 to 2010. That’s all that matters. They will improve in 2011. That’s all that matters.

  32. skinsdiehard says: Feb 18, 2011 6:53 PM

    chapnastier says:
    Feb 18, 2011 10:37 AM
    Shanahan deserves a break after the first year in Washington. That team lacks talent at every single position and he needed to clear out the trash before he could begin to put things back together.
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    Geez, another PFT idiot. The team had 3 pro-bowlers and the game’s MVP. Orakpo, Fletcher and Hall were in the pro bowl. I know now you will want to diminish that accomplishment since Skins players made it. Laron Landry was the leading vote getter at NFC safety until his injury. Chris Cooley is talented, Trent Williams and Donovan McNabb. The team is not completely devoid of talent, prick.

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