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These are Mike Shanahan’s Redskins now

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Time will tell whether the 2011 Redskins are better, but we know they will be different.

Coach Mike Shanahan continued his dramatic overhaul of the organization during roster cuts on Saturday. Heck, he’s changed the team dramatically even since the start of last year, his first with the team.

Rick Maese of the Washington Post points out only 27 Redskins remain from the 2010 Week One roster.  Our friends at CSNWashington.com note that only 15 players were on the team when Shanahan arrived last year.

It’s an interesting-looking roster.  Nine rookies are on the team. (They had 12 draft picks.) Washington has eight wide receivers, but only three backup offensive linemen with a particular shortage at guard.  Only three safeties are healthy.

It’ll be interesting to see how the Redskins perform in Week One, against the Giants.  In Washington, a strong preseason has built a lot of buzz.  At least one national analyst is taking the Redskins to win the division, although plenty more are predicting they will tank.

Whatever happens, Shanahan is doing it his way.

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48 Responses to “These are Mike Shanahan’s Redskins now”
  1. kspl1 says: Sep 4, 2011 10:56 AM

    3rd place at best since giants might stink this year. Shanahan sucks balls though

  2. nooneyouknow says: Sep 4, 2011 10:59 AM

    Cue the haters in 3….2…..1……

    Fact is, this team is now younger and more athletic that it has been in the last decade. Sure there are concerns about the QB this season, but true fans are realistic in thinking that 8-8 would be a huge step in the right direction this season.

    Another off-season addressing the O-line and D-Line as well as getting a future QB, and this team will be a force within 3 years.

    Go ahead, hate on. Let me save you some time:

    1. Yes the owner is _____________ (fill in the blank)
    2. Yes the QB’s are journeymen who will have their ups and downs this year.
    3. No they probably won’t win the division
    4. Yes the stadium concessions are over-priced
    5. Yes the traffic and parking is horrendous

    Fact is, this team will beat some teams this year that they shouldn’t and lose to some teams by making bone-headed mistakes, but you know what, at the end of the season when its all said and done, progress will be made.

    HTTR!

  3. 4t9er says: Sep 4, 2011 10:59 AM

    I’m always rooting for the underdogs,so I hope they make the race more interesting and shock their rivals.

  4. sdw2001 says: Sep 4, 2011 11:03 AM

    Lombardi picks the Redskins to win the NFC East.

    LOL. I’ll put up $500 against that. Really.

  5. lunarpie says: Sep 4, 2011 11:04 AM

    Who cares, they will still suck!

  6. goawayeverybody says: Sep 4, 2011 11:05 AM

    Nice butt shot. lol.

  7. trickbunny says: Sep 4, 2011 11:08 AM

    5-11.

  8. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Sep 4, 2011 11:11 AM

    I won’t say they’ll win the division but I will go as far as to say that they’ll compete. I mean, have you seen the lb core? Mccintosh,fletcher,orkapo,and that rookie they got aldon smith I believe.( yea I killed their names) These guys are going to be solid and their front 3 is good too. Plus their secondary is pretty monsterish especially if landry comes back. The offense is the darkhorse here, i’ve said it a million times before alex shanny is a mastermind at the passing game. Yea its his way or the highway but these qbs would be wise to go his way and take in everything he can give them. Beck could be pretty good if he puts the time in with these coaches. Plus Alex loved beck coming out of college, wanted the texans to draft him before they traded for schuab. I could see them going 8-8 at best. Division is stacked, only thing holding them back is their qb play.

  9. kmurph1226 says: Sep 4, 2011 11:15 AM

    Why does a team need to have 8 WRs? The max they’ll have on the field at once is 3 or 4 and the rest are just special team players.

  10. 3octaveFart says: Sep 4, 2011 11:19 AM

    nooneyouknow says: Sep 4, 2011 10:59 AM

    “Cue the haters in 3….2…..1……”

    This sentence needs to be retired or banned once and for all.

  11. jmanorgc says: Sep 4, 2011 11:21 AM

    Of course everyone who hates the redskins will post something negative in here. If they are that bad then why do all the haters waste time and effort on posting something. The redskins post get the most comments by far so I gotta ask is it a part of you that wants to see them succeed. Nobody comments on Cheifs, Browns or and other under performing franchise. For the first time under Snyder we are going about building a franchise the right way. As a die hard I can take a losing season with a young team 15 million under the cap vs past failures. Who will have a worse season skins 6-10 or the Eagles going 12-4 and 1 and done in the playoffs? Expectations are always in place however reality that only 1 team wins a year is a fact!

  12. sdw2001 says: Sep 4, 2011 11:28 AM

    nooneyouknow says:
    Sep 4, 2011 10:59 AM

    Fact is, this team is now younger and more athletic that it has been in the last decade. Sure there are concerns about the QB this season, but true fans are realistic in thinking that 8-8 would be a huge step in the right direction this season.
    ————————

    If that’s your position, I commend you and agree. They should be better than last year. But to even think they will win the division that has the Eagles, Cowboys and Giants in it is a joke. They are clear the last place team there. Right now, it should be:

    Eagles
    Cowboys/Giants (can’t decide who to put here)
    Redskins

    I look for either the Eagles to run away with it, or it to be a ridiculously tight race coming down to the last week or two.

  13. cleverbob says: Sep 4, 2011 11:29 AM

    “Washington has eight wide receivers, but only three backup offensive linemen with a particular shortage at guard. Only three safeties are healthy.”

    Well there’s your problem.

  14. lexnekst says: Sep 4, 2011 11:37 AM

    Shanahan was never a great coach. He lucked up, and got Elway, and Terrell Davis.

    Shanahan is a genius the same way Jim Mora Jr. was when Vick led the Falcons to the NFC Champonship game in 2004- He was there.

    Here’s looking at you Phil Jackson- easy to be a great coach when you have Kobe, and Jordan- go coach the Atlanta Hawks & win a title.

  15. buddybowl69 says: Sep 4, 2011 11:39 AM

    Photo is of the new position Shanny has the players learning: bending over so every team can do them royally. FAIL!!!

  16. wideright91 says: Sep 4, 2011 11:47 AM

    Like death and taxes, the Skins getting hype and buzz is a regular occurrence. HA!

  17. mossedout says: Sep 4, 2011 11:48 AM

    4th place in the East. Even with the giants prospecting a rough year, the grossman/beck situation is absolutely laughable. at best 6-10

  18. acdavis says: Sep 4, 2011 11:48 AM

    Most teams keep 5-6 WRs

    The Redskins kept 7 WRs plus Brandon Banks who is a PR/KR specialist and didn’t even line up at WR during the preseason games.

    As to why they kept 7 true WRs:
    They are letting a bunch of young WRs (Hankerson is 22, Austin is 23, Paul is 22) learn the ropes this year so they can cut some of the older WRs in the future (Santana Moss is 32, Donte’ Stallworth is 30, Jabar Gaffney is 30, Anthony Armstrong is 28)

    Their backup FS is on PUP, I would not be surprised if one of the older WRs is cut to make space for him when he comes back sometime after week 6.

    As for how competitive they will be this season, I think they will finish in the 6-10 to 8-8 range. A big range I admit, but think about how many games are settled by a FG at the end of games. I have no way of predicting that.

  19. mickmars says: Sep 4, 2011 12:11 PM

    >Why does a team need to have 8 WRs?<

    2 are dedicated solely to carrying around Shanahan's ego….

  20. tom35mt says: Sep 4, 2011 12:23 PM

    Eagles
    Cowboys
    Skins
    Giants

  21. blackqbwhiterb says: Sep 4, 2011 12:24 PM

    This year the expectations are mostly low, but hey, they do seem to have changed the image in the right direction. We will take 6-8 wins if we feel they’re building for the future in the right way…

  22. 1nationraidernation says: Sep 4, 2011 12:31 PM

    shanghan is a great coach when he has players named elway and Davis, same way Bellidick is a great coach when he has a player named Brady• without them they are good coaches. Anybody want to bet that bellidick retires when Brady does?

  23. pjhurley5 says: Sep 4, 2011 12:32 PM

    @ andrejohnsonforpresident – I think you mean they drafted Ryan Kerrigan from Purdue…not Aldon Smith. Also, by “Alex” I think you mean Kyle Shanahan?

    I’m a huge Eagles fan and think the Redskins have improved in a few ways, but having 8 WR and only having 8 Offensive Linemen is just plain stupid.

  24. lexnekst says: Sep 4, 2011 12:52 PM

    8 RECIEVERS = 1 GROSSMAN

  25. thekingdp says: Sep 4, 2011 12:59 PM

    What does 6-10 or 8-8 do for them this year? Redskins fans should pray for 2-14 & Andrew Luck next season. Rex Grossman & John Beck are your best QBs. Enough said.

  26. jus10jonez says: Sep 4, 2011 1:01 PM

    The Redskins come in 1st place for trafficking hope.

  27. dirtydrynn27 says: Sep 4, 2011 1:19 PM

    I agree with an 8 and 8 record at best,but what I`m not understanding is how everyone thinks that the Cowboys(Who also finished 6 and 10) Will be in 2nd place behind the so called unstoppable Eagles.Dallas secondary has to be the worst in the league,Is this not a weakness? Also their O-Line is another weakness,but according to everyone else Dallas is going to be great….Ha Ha….I dont think so!!!!

  28. pixelito says: Sep 4, 2011 1:19 PM

    I think Ray Handley was the coach the last time the Giants lost to the Redskins.

  29. lbijake says: Sep 4, 2011 1:34 PM

    I am no fan of Shanny’s but figure you have to give him this season and next to see if his method works. Agree with final standings of Eagles, Boys, Skins, Gints.

  30. dansnyder says: Sep 4, 2011 1:36 PM

    @lexnekst

    “Shanahan was never a great coach. He lucked up, and got Elway, and Terrell Davis.

    Shanahan is a genius the same way Jim Mora Jr. was when Vick led the Falcons to the NFC Champonship game in 2004- He was there.

    Here’s looking at you Phil Jackson- easy to be a great coach when you have Kobe, and Jordan- go coach the Atlanta Hawks & win a title.”

    Two quick things:

    1) Name me a great coach that won without good players. Take your time to ponder that one and when you are done feel free to drop your head in shame.

    2) Shannahan won a superbowl with the 49ers as the offensive coordinator before he got his job in Denver. In fact his offense the year they won the superbowl was at the time considered to be one of the greatest in NFL history. That achievement earned him the job in never.

    There is only one coach off the top of my head that won consistently and big with sub par qbing and that was Joe Gibbs. Three SB wins, three different QBs. But guess what? He still had immense talent at all the other positions. Gibbs, Walsh, belicheck, Johnson, etc etc, all won not because they had great players but won because they got the most out of them.

    Lex I just wanted to say one last thing. You a damn fool.

  31. jacksrants says: Sep 4, 2011 1:36 PM

    If I was a Skins fan I’d be very cautious about the upcoming season. Shanahan has never built a good defense and his ego and QBs has been a big issue in the past . While I’m certain he will have the Skins running the ball well the decision to go with John Beck and Rex Grossman as their only options is dangerous to say the least . If Haslett has found enough pieces to run a decent 3-4 this QB situation could kill any chances the Skins may have had . Good new for the Skins is they will find out quickly if they have improved . Bad news is the Giants may steamroll them . Should be fun to watch regardless.

  32. deadmanwalking47 says: Sep 4, 2011 1:39 PM

    kspl1 says: Sep 4, 2011 10:56 AM

    3rd place at best since giants might stink this year. Shanahan sucks balls though
    _______________________________________
    if that’s true,your mama was a great teacher!

  33. lilrob10201 says: Sep 4, 2011 1:46 PM

    They still suck.

  34. weneedlinemen42 says: Sep 4, 2011 1:56 PM

    I feel sorry for Keiland Williams. OK, he lacked real speed and explosiveness but he did a pretty good job last year as a receiver and blocker on 3rd downs.

    I didn’t think he would make the roster this year, but I don’t think it is fair that the game time he got last year makes him ineligible for practice squads. He got on to our roster last year because we were really struggling for depth. He wasn’t really ready, but now he wont get the chance to develop over the next couple of years. He has to make a 53-man roster or he is out of the NFL.

    I really think the rule for the practice squad needs to change. They should at the very least get rid of restrictions relating to game time, as they effectively punish anyone who ends up being promoted the active roster before they’ve had a chance to develop fully as professional player.

  35. rdrs68 says: Sep 4, 2011 2:01 PM

    if the players picked by Mr Over Rated (aka “the mastermind”) don’t pan out he will fire the assistant coaches and shift blame-just like he did in Denver.

  36. Mr. Super-Cool Awesome says: Sep 4, 2011 2:11 PM

    These are Mike Shanahan’s Redskins now

    If you thought they were shiddy before, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

    FAIL!

  37. Rogue Eagle says: Sep 4, 2011 2:15 PM

    Competition is always good for the league. The NFC East has gotten their Phoenix Cardinals for some time now but I hope the Skins become more competitive overall. Not because I want them to win, I don’t – I’m Eagles all the way, but it’s time for them to get out of the basement.

    I’m glad they’re overhauling their team. If they get better, NFC East will get better. Simple as that.

  38. prior0knowledge says: Sep 4, 2011 2:31 PM

    “Shanahan only won when he had Elway and Davis”

    This is one of the most moronic comments I have ever seen. I have seen it aimed at every coach who won a SB.

    Of course you can’t win without good players! Even Vince Lombardi would not win without good players. Only idioys would suggest otherwise.

  39. jacunn2000 says: Sep 4, 2011 2:44 PM

    Failure is their only option.

  40. musicman495 says: Sep 4, 2011 2:53 PM

    What I cannot figure out is why so many “experts” like the geniuses on this web site are positive that John Beck cannot play? Because he lost four games as a starter on a 1-15 team? Yet Kevin Kolb, who was taken in the same draft, and has started only a few more games, and has only a slightly better winning percentage, is the next Joe Montana, and worth of a $65 million contract. My prediction is that if Beck starts the season as the #1 QB in Washington, he will end up with a better record and throw for more yards Kolb – oh, and he will also lose to Beck in Week 2.

  41. jsbrasha says: Sep 4, 2011 3:12 PM

    Lifelong fan here and I couldn’t agree more with nooneyouknow. We want to see solid, disciplined and consistent performance on the field without victory dances after every tackle. We don’t want to hear anything from the owner – ever. If we get those things, we’re ok with a losing record.

    Finally, many folks, including PFT, are having fun with the 8 WRs fact, but nobody familiar with the situation, including the WAPO reporter PFT references above, thinks they’ll still have 8 WRs by game day. Watch how this shakes out before letting your knickers get into a full twist.

  42. wethog66 says: Sep 4, 2011 3:27 PM

    Elway was 0-3 in Super Bowls and well past his prime before Shanahan, and Terrell Davis was a 6th round pick no one ever heard of, and Shanahan drafted him. There are 6 coaches that have one back to back SB’s in the history of the NFL (Chuck Noll did it twice) and Shanahan was one of them. For some to say the Broncos won back to back SB’s despite Mike Shanahan is pretty f***ing stupid.

    Having said all that, as a Skins fan, I am pleased with the progress made with Shanahan since he became coach. Over the hill, over priced, players are gone, draft picks are coveted not wasted, and players a made to compete for playing time. Its only taken LiL Danny since Shottenheimer to figure out what he needs to do to be competitive. Its about f***ing time.

  43. skinsman98 says: Sep 4, 2011 3:54 PM

    sounds like we got a winning team

  44. packerfanfordecades says: Sep 4, 2011 4:31 PM

    I’m hoping for the best for Coach Shanahan and the Redskins this year. At a miniumum, I hope their young team gathers seasoning/maturity for future seasons. Three cheers for his disrespect for the status quo …. I wish more leaders had that attribute.

    I’d much rather have the Packers compete against the Redskins in the play-offs 2-3-4-5 years from now than continue seeing more Giants/Eagles/Dallas. The Packers hit their full quota of Dallas playoff games in the early 90s, for example.

    One of the teams Shanahan beat in a Super Bowl was the Packers; that SB32 result persuaded me that I ought to respect him. I never entirely stopped worrying about Denver’s potential until Coach Shanahan left.

  45. weneedlinemen42 says: Sep 4, 2011 4:56 PM

    jsbrasha says:
    Sep 4, 2011 3:12 PM
    Lifelong fan here and I couldn’t agree more with nooneyouknow. We want to see solid, disciplined and consistent performance on the field without victory dances after every tackle. We don’t want to hear anything from the owner – ever.

    I’d agree on every point except one. We do want to hear something from Dan Snyder, him congratulating his coach on winning the Super Bowl. Until he is needed for that single purpose he needs to maintain his new policy of staying away from the football side of the business.

  46. mitziman says: Sep 4, 2011 4:57 PM

    If the “Shanahan Skins” can just get average quarterback and special teams play (specifically the kicking game) they will win at least 8-9, maybe 10 games this year…brutal schedule, but I like the direction this team is headed.

  47. mitziman says: Sep 4, 2011 5:22 PM

    “Shanahan only won when he had Elway and Davis”…Please keep your stupidity to yourself!

    Unless you are going to mention Jimmy Johnson only won with Aikman, Smith and Irvin…

    …Or how about future Hall of Famer Bill Belichick only won with Tom Brady?

    FYI, Belichick was as “The Donald” likes to say “Fired” as the coach of NYJets and Cleveland Browns before he got lucky with Brady.

  48. wethog66 says: Sep 4, 2011 6:45 PM

    @mitziman

    Belichick was never fired by the Jets slick. They tried to give him the gig when Parcells left, but BB bailed. That means he kind of fired the Jets, not the other way around. lol

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