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Griffin doesn’t buy what “some quarterbacks” say about Shanahan

Washington Redskins owner Snyder and coach Shanahan watch quarterback Griffin III during a rookie minicamp in Ashburn Reuters

Not every quarterback who has played for Redskins coach Mike Shanahan has favorable things to say about him. But Shanahan’s newest quarterback, Robert Griffin III, says he doesn’t believe the negative things that other quarterbacks have said.

What some former quarterbacks have said about him, to me, isn’t true,” Griffin said. “He seems like a great guy, really looking forward to working with me, putting me in the best position to succeed and help this team win.”

Griffin didn’t name any of those former quarterbacks he was referencing, although he was surely thinking of Donovan McNabb, and maybe — since he grew up a Broncos fan — Jake Plummer and Bubby Brister, too. But Griffin says that when he thinks about watching Shanahan’s teams as a kid, he thinks about the quarterback who won two Super Bowls with Shanahan.

“I was a fan,” Griffin said. “Growing up I was a Bronco fan so you see coach Shanahan and that’s the coach of your favorite team. So when I met him at the Combine and they traded up for me it was kind of like a dream come true to be here and play for him in this offense — an offense I watched John Elway tear defenses up in.”

Redskins fans can only hope Griffin turns out to be more like Elway than McNabb.

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59 Responses to “Griffin doesn’t buy what “some quarterbacks” say about Shanahan”
  1. savocabol1 says: May 31, 2012 2:53 PM

    Right because a couple of months with a coach who is actively recruiting you means you really know the guy…..

  2. doresb21 says: May 31, 2012 2:54 PM

    RG Leaf

  3. vonmiller58 says: May 31, 2012 2:54 PM

    You’ve known the guy for a month, Robert.

  4. hmpennypacker says: May 31, 2012 2:55 PM

    Rookies know more about NFL coaches that seasoned vets. Who new?

  5. footballfanman says: May 31, 2012 2:56 PM

    Too bad Skins got docked 36 million. We would’ve got Vincent Jackson and Mario Williams. Maybe even Cortland Finnegan.

  6. broncfanor says: May 31, 2012 2:58 PM

    As a Broncos fan I think he should listen to those other QB’s.

    Shanahan was HANDED a Hall of Fame QB in Elway, after that he couldn’t settle on a QB and had very limited success.

    Shanahan DEMANDS things are done exactly his way and he has not shown the ability to date to use a QB to their natural strengths. He forced Plummer to play from the pocket even though he was better on the outside.

    He benched Brister in favor of Greise who wasn’t ready.

    I would be SHOCKED if Shanahan play RGIII to his strengths.

    Shanahan has earned his rep as a QB killer in my opinion.

  7. buffaloturner says: May 31, 2012 3:01 PM

    I dont see why they just ripped on McNabb, Great quarterback.

  8. ebbycalvinlaloosh says: May 31, 2012 3:03 PM

    Good QBs thrive under Mike Shanahan, whether they “like” him or not.

  9. joeytorontosucks says: May 31, 2012 3:06 PM

    For the amount of press he gets, guy says all the right things. Good head on his shoulder; wish him the best.

  10. footballfanatic1906 says: May 31, 2012 3:07 PM

    hmpennypacker says:
    May 31, 2012 2:55 PM
    Rookies know more about NFL coaches that seasoned vets. Who new?

     Apparently they know more about spelling it’s knew genius. Lol

  11. sj39 says: May 31, 2012 3:08 PM

    Will he say that from the bench?

  12. ahostiletakeover says: May 31, 2012 3:12 PM

    I wish Robert the best of luck, and if Shanahan lents him play to his strengths, this young man is going to be sensational for the Redskins. Shanahan has always been overrated though, where would he be without Elway and Steve Young’s 6 TD passes at the end of the ’94 season? Exactly…

  13. drop703 says: May 31, 2012 3:14 PM

    Let that man (RG3) stick up for his coach. Of course he doesn’t know Mike Shanahan like that yet…but coach has made, Cutler, Plummer and Griese pro bowl QBs, not to mention his work with Steve Young and winning two super bowls John Elway. Who really cares what Bubby Brister (backup) and Donovan McNabb (washed up) have to say.

  14. qdog112 says: May 31, 2012 3:22 PM

    Robert it’s OK to praise Shanahan, but it’s probably best to not mention what you think others have said. Relay on what you know and see only, since you weren’t there with the other guys.

  15. cwwgk says: May 31, 2012 3:32 PM

    The guy is just responding to a question posed to him. He’s got to give an answer or else be branded as not media friendly. He may be right, he may be wrong; only time will tell. But he shouldn’t be chastised for simply answering a question.

  16. sd4838 says: May 31, 2012 3:44 PM

    Everyone gets on Shanny for only winning with Elway and Young…true, they were great QBs. But people forget that Young and Elway didn’t win their Super Bowls until Shanny arrived. It goes both ways.

  17. baddegg says: May 31, 2012 3:44 PM

    To all the critics out there:

    What do you want the guy to say…you want him to come in and rip his new boss? How many employees would do that? Only those who don’t want to advance.

    It’s actually very smart of him. By praising Shanahan in this way, he increases the likelihood of Skeletor allowing him to play to his strengths. McNabb refused to bend and Shanahan only gripped tighter. That approach didn’t work…do you really want RG III to try the same thing?

    I think these critical remarks are basically just haters wanting this young man to fail. That’s sad if you get your jollies hoping for someone to fail…particularly someone who shows so much class.

  18. sfm073 says: May 31, 2012 3:44 PM

    What else is he going to say? ” oh everything Donavan is true and coach shananhan isn’t a good coach”.

  19. suhnum1fan says: May 31, 2012 3:46 PM

    its only a matter of time before he and Shanny are out in washington

  20. randall351 says: May 31, 2012 3:46 PM

    I’ll admit I’m not an expert on Shanahan or his career, but it sure looks to me like Shanahan had his most success with HOF QBs, and when he doesn’t have one than he doesn’t have success.
    I would say that the HOF QBs made Shanahan a success more than Shanahan made them a success. Just my opinion.

  21. dmvskins says: May 31, 2012 3:46 PM

    Right, because what Griffin is SUPPOSED to say is that his head coach is a “quarterback killer” or that Shanahan “hasn’t won anything without Elway or Steve Young”.

    And I maybe wrong, but I’m almost positive that Griffin doesn’t give a damn about what you think he thinks of Shanahan.

  22. hendawg21 says: May 31, 2012 3:49 PM

    Well everyone seems to zero in on Elway every time but Shanny also coached and wasn’t the head coach but QB coach and O-coord for Montana and Steve Young…of course shanny was the O-coordinator when the Broncos and Elway lost to the Skins in the super bowl in 87….

  23. deangelo23hall says: May 31, 2012 3:50 PM

    So John Elway went to 3 Super Bowls and lost. Then Mike Shanahan became head coach and he went 2-0.

    So did Shanahan need Elway, or did Elway need Shanahan? Think about it.

    He made pro bowlers out of Jake Plummer, Brian Griese, and Jay Cutler – whom he drafted, and has yet still to produce the numbers he had while being under Shanahan in 2008.

    Hate all you want, Shanahan is a proven coach. And unless his name is Bill Bilichick or Tom Coughlin, I’m really not impressed with your coach, either.

    HTTR

  24. f1shlz says: May 31, 2012 3:53 PM

    I like the picture because it makes Snyder and Shanny look like Hobbits…

  25. The Overtime Sports Talk Show says: May 31, 2012 3:57 PM

    Now….I wanna know, especially from the haters. Whould you say ANYTHING else about your employer or boss?? Hmmm. McNabb said the same things until he was unemployed. You are not going to say anything negative about a man who made you a millionaire and selected you to play football.

    I am sooo tired of the RG Leaf references..please people get a grip. The kid has talent. He will have his opportunity to showcase it. Let’s wait and see.

    HTTR!

  26. moochzilla says: May 31, 2012 4:20 PM

    Get ready for McNabb to use his final few hours on ESPN (because that career is also coming to an end due to poor performance) to smear RGIII.

    Why? Because he’s always done so when challenged by anyone.

    Because he’s “classy”. Suuuuuuuuuuure he is.

  27. bobhk says: May 31, 2012 4:21 PM

    Shanahan has some deficiencies such as defensive talent evaluation but one thing he’s good at is coaching QBs and designing offenses.

    Both Young and Elway (both HOFamers) credit Shanahan for their development.

    Not only that he’s coached up the likes of Plummer and Cutler. Both went to pro-bowl.

    Covers a broad range of QB talent. What do you want? For him to make a low talent guy a HOFamer?

    Why not give names of a few guys who have developed more than a couple pro-bowl or HOF QBs. Doubt you’ll find many.

  28. dequan81 says: May 31, 2012 4:25 PM

    footballfanatic1906 says:
    May 31, 2012 3:07 PM
    hmpennypacker says:
    May 31, 2012 2:55 PM
    Rookies know more about NFL coaches that seasoned vets. Who new?

    Apparently they know more about spelling it’s knew genius. Lol

    The grammar police. With a poorly written sentence. I love it.

  29. kokomike says: May 31, 2012 4:29 PM

    He was smart enough to trade Jason Campbell, and transition to the RGIII era.

    If it works, Shanahan will get great praise, and he will deserve it.

  30. Waxxx4321 says: May 31, 2012 4:29 PM

    Buffalo turner said ” i dont see why they they ripped on McNabb, great Quarterback”

    But its ok for Mcnabb to Rip on the Skins and predict the skins for the future when he couldnt even complete a season or throw with any more accuracy than a 11 year old boy..So he deserves the right to say whatever behind us..Mcnabb is a moron big mouth loser..and ill prove you hes no great quarterback..great quarterbacks have super bowl rings or at least superb accuracy…

  31. walter0247 says: May 31, 2012 4:37 PM

    what i find humorous is the assumption everyone has that if you can’t win a SB with any QB than you’re not a “decent”/”good”/”great” coach. Without even looking back at the past superbowl winners and making comparisons i can tell you all that there’s only about 2-3 coaches that can win it all with bad Qbs, and even then the team probably relied EXTREMELY heavily on the defense (which kind of switches attention from the head coach and makes you beg to question that it was only the D. Coordinators doing.

    -Sincerely,
    Common Sense

  32. briggsweatbird says: May 31, 2012 4:46 PM

    All I know is that If I don’t make the Hall of Fame, it is Shanahan’s fault. NOT because I am lazy, out of shape, a baby, and entitled.

    Sincerely,

    Donovan M.

  33. deathtoromo says: May 31, 2012 4:55 PM

      
    suhnum1fan says:
    May 31, 2012 3:46 PM
    its only a matter of time before he and Shanny are out in washington
    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    Seriously?? A Lions fan ripping any other team about anything? Back to the kids table fool.

  34. peytonsneck18 says: May 31, 2012 5:06 PM

    IRG3 is a OVERATED bum, too bad he will have a new coach next year and he will be on IR by week 6, ALL FAIL TO THE REDSKINS !!!

  35. nineroutsider says: May 31, 2012 5:07 PM

    I am interested in seeing if Shanahan can mold RG3 into a great QB because while he did great with well established future HOF’ers he hasn’t done well in the development department. I think he might have his horse this time around…

    However, I don’t like his son. I don’t think he calls a good game. Like I said, we will see what happens. If they are parking the kid in the pocket then the Skins need to let Shanny go after this year. I highly doubt he would do that, but we get to find out…

  36. cash804 says: May 31, 2012 5:11 PM

    Women don’t even hate as hard as the grown men on this website…what are all of you B*s scared of?!?!

    HTTR!!!

  37. peytonsneck18 says: May 31, 2012 5:23 PM

    Skins fans are swinging more on IRG3 sack than their moms on mines!!!!

  38. wethog66 says: May 31, 2012 5:27 PM

    @broncfanor

    Saying Shanahan was “handed” Elway is a pretty silly statement, IMO. Bordering on just plain ignorant. Whether as Offensive Coordinator or Head Coach, I believe I read somewhere that Shanahan coached Elway in 4 of the 5 SB’s Elway appeared in. To me that says Shanahan played a major role in a lot of the success Elway enjoyed as an NFL QB.

    Add to it that Steve Young credits Shanahan with a lot of success he enjoyed as an NFL QB. And gives Shanahan a lot of credit for Young becoming a HOFer. But what does he know. QB’s like McNabb, Plummer, and Brister opinion’s are way more credible when compared to an NFL HOFer.

    Having said all that, Griffin and Shanahan are truely in the spotlight this season, and into the future. As a Skins fan I hope it works out, but I have been burned enough in the past to assume Griffin is a lock to be a franchise QB. Time will tell.

  39. jwreck says: May 31, 2012 5:30 PM

    broncfanor says: May 31, 2012 2:58 PM

    As a Broncos fan I think he should listen to those other QB’s.

    Shanahan was HANDED a Hall of Fame QB in Elway, after that he couldn’t settle on a QB and had very limited success.

    Shanahan DEMANDS things are done exactly his way and he has not shown the ability to date to use a QB to their natural strengths. He forced Plummer to play from the pocket even though he was better on the outside.

    He benched Brister in favor of Greise who wasn’t ready.

    I would be SHOCKED if Shanahan play RGIII to his strengths.

    Shanahan has earned his rep as a QB killer in my opinion.
    ________________
    For a Broncos fan, you sure don’t know a lot about the Broncos. He was “handed (HANDED) a Hall of Fame QB in Elway”? You know who else was handed a “Hall of Fame QB in Elway”? Dan Reeves, for ten years, but somehow, he didn’t win a championship with the guy… must be because Reeves never “earned his rep as a QB killer”.

    Though Elway certainly matured under Reeves, it isn’t like Elway started out as George-Michael Bluth/Urkel/Rex Grossman Sr. (pick the analogy that works for you) and Reeves magically crafted him into theJohn Elway we remember today. Shanahan was simply given a great quarterback to work with: if that’s being “HANDED” a Hall of Famer, a coach could just as easily be “HANDED” a Hall of Famer though the draft or free agency. Let’s consider other coaches who were “HANDED” Hall of Fame, or at least very successful quarterbacks:
    Belichick was handed Brady
    Dungy was handed Manning
    Tomlin was handed Roethlisberger
    Walsh was handed Montana and Young
    Landry was handed Staubach
    Noll was handed Bradshaw
    Lombardi was handed Starr

    By your own logic, the only good coach in the history of the NFL was Joe Gibbs.

    To continue: “Shanahan DEMANDS blah ze blah…” Yeah, he “DEMANDED” that he should spend his own free time adapting the Broncos playbook to better suit Elway’s aging skillset. He “DEMANDED” that Elway win two consecutive championships when most people thought he was done. And then he “DEMANDED” Jake Plummer all the way to an AFC Championship, after he had been labeled a bust and no one else in the league would give him a shot.

    Additionally, let’s address the allegations that Plummer is one of the quarterbacks who complained about Shanny. To the extent he did, it was driven by Mike’s personnel decisions (ie. drafting Jay Cutler and later benching and trading Plummer), rather than his coaching style. In justification of those decisions, Cutler was later traded for two first round picks and Kyle Orton (precipitating the catastrophe that was the McDaniels era in Denver) and, questions about his toughness notwithstanding, is considered one of the better young QB’s in the game today. Plummer traded himself to his couch for a bag of Doritos and a lifetime supply of hard feelings.

    So to summarize, let’s go over the QB’s Shanahan has killed:
    Steve Young: killed him right into the HoF
    John Elway: A very talented player, but QB-killer Shanahan ignored the recommended conditioning program and after three years, Elway was two Championship rings overweight.
    Griese, Brister: that which has no talent cannot be killed.
    Plummer, Cutler: Too much writing, just look up about two inches
    McNabb, Grossman, Beck: see above; that which has no talent (no talent left, in Donovan’s case) cannot be killed.

  40. jmota222 says: May 31, 2012 5:42 PM

    As a life long giant fan I must admit this kid seems to have all the intangibles along with superior athletic ability and arm strength!! He’s gonna be great!!!!

  41. Grulks says: May 31, 2012 5:47 PM

    sd4838 wrote:

    Everyone gets on Shanny for only winning with Elway and Young…true, they were great QBs. But people forget that Young and Elway didn’t win their Super Bowls until Shanny arrived. It goes both ways.

    ======
    It is true Elway didn’t win a SB before Shanny, but it’s misleading/not true to include Young in this.

    Young won one ring as Montana’s backup, prior to Shanny’s arrival. While Young did not start/play in that game, he was on a team that went to, and won a super bowl prior to Shanny’s arrival.

    It is true that Young won his first ring *starting* in the super bowl with Shanny, but that is not something he had any control over.

  42. rpiotr01 says: May 31, 2012 5:55 PM

    @deangelo23hall

    “So did Shanahan need Elway, or did Elway need Shanahan? Think about it.”

    None of the above. They both needed Terrell Davis.

  43. capitaloffense says: May 31, 2012 6:16 PM

    peytonsneck18 says:
    May 31, 2012 5:23 PM
    Skins fans are swinging more on IRG3 sack than their moms on mines!!!!
    __________________________________

    Umm…not only was that not funny, but your avatar name is inspired by a QB. So, I guess it takes a d-rider to know one. Oh and fyi, in DC, we refer to neck as a BJ…

  44. bobhk says: May 31, 2012 6:32 PM

    Grulks says:
    May 31, 2012 5:47 PM
    sd4838 wrote:

    Everyone gets on Shanny for only winning with Elway and Young…true, they were great QBs. But people forget that Young and Elway didn’t win their Super Bowls until Shanny arrived. It goes both ways.

    ======
    It is true Elway didn’t win a SB before Shanny, but it’s misleading/not true to include Young in this.

    Young won one ring as Montana’s backup, prior to Shanny’s arrival. While Young did not start/play in that game, he was on a team that went to, and won a super bowl prior to Shanny’s arrival.

    It is true that Young won his first ring *starting* in the super bowl with Shanny, but that is not something he had any control over.
    ——–
    Have to disagree with you on this one @Grulks. Young did win a couple of rings riding the pine behind Montana. As anyone following the niners at that time would know, Montana did absolutely nothing to mentor Young. Whatever Young may have learnt via observation is all there was. Young became a full time starter in 91 and had a good season.
    However, Young’s best seasons came from 92-94 (during which time he won NFL MVP twice and won the Super Bowl). That was the time Shanahan was the OC and his mentor.

    It’s completely untrue to say that Shanahan had no control over how Young played. It’s baseless. If you dig up any interview from Young you’d find him crediting Shanahan. Shanahan took a guy who was a talented QB but an undisciplined guy who’s first impulse was take off and run into a guy who’s one of the most accurate devastating passers in NFL history. Anyone who followed/follows the niners would tell you that. Let’s not hurry to put down Shanahan on this one.

  45. r3alta1k says: May 31, 2012 6:36 PM

    OK PLEASE LET ME KNOW THIS…

    Please name the GREAT coaches who have won something without a GREAT QB!!

    So tired of Shanny hasn’t won anything without Elway or Young. It does take a team to win, not just a QB..Those QB’s who he didn’t win anything with, did make the pro bowl…

    Who has won anything without a Great Player, specifically a GREAT QB? I challenge you to compose the list and you will find that in most cases..there are great QB’s…

  46. peytonsneck18 says: May 31, 2012 7:13 PM

    All skins fans are losers and live in their moms basement, and are unemployed, straight losers!! Praising a college qb that has yet to even throw a NFL pass yet, pathetic and annoying trolls u are, I understand u guys sucked the past 20 plus years

  47. buzzjunior42 says: May 31, 2012 7:17 PM

    I laugh whenever someone says Shanahan only won the Super bowls because he had Elway, so he is a bad coach. Really you can say that about 95% of the coaches who have ever won a super bowl. Belicheck has Brady, Bill Walsh had Montana/Young…McCarthy had Rodgers, Holmgrem had Favre. Dungy had Manning. I could go on and on. Seriously, come on. Having great QB’s and winning super bowls usually go hand in hand. Should we put an asterisk next to every good coach who won a super bowl or three with a great QB???

  48. mattyk72 says: May 31, 2012 7:25 PM

    Haters gonna hate.

    I think RG3 is going to be downright scary with Shanahan grooming him.

  49. mrfrostyj says: May 31, 2012 7:25 PM

    poor naive RGIII. The team traded up for you and picked you second overall in the draft. Shanahan at this point is probably washing your car and picking up your newspaper in the morning (remember Chilly when Brett Favre was playing well?).

    Let’s see how you feel about him if you struggle to grasp HIS vision of how you should play. That’s what those vets are talking about. I’m pretty sure they felt the same way you did when they were winning too.

    Remember, this was the coach who told McNabb (who’s had more playoff victories as a player than Shanahan has as a coach) that his throwing motion was wrong and needed to change it.

  50. dcbronco says: May 31, 2012 7:25 PM

    People that say Shanahan only won with Elway forget Elway only won with Shanahan too. As for things being done exactly the way he wanted them done, McNabb likes to throw at peoples feet. I’m sure no coach is looking for that.

    Plummer, who I always liked, did have an issue throwing interceptions. And not taking what the defense gave him. Brister was a career backup for a reason. He was average. If RG3 comes in and takes care of the ball he will win a lot of games and some Super Bowls with Shanahan.

    As every player in Washington has said over and over the last two years. There are almost always receivers open. But someone on the offense misses an assignment and the play falls apart. Whether it’s a bad route or a missed blocking assignment. The coaches have had the team prepared for the games. But the coaches can’t execute the plays for them. No matter what Brian Mitchell says.

  51. rabidskinsfan says: May 31, 2012 8:27 PM

    @peytonsneck18 – seriously dude, you’re a loser! I bet u all the money in the world, that you’re one of those type of dudes who talks smack yet when it comes time to back it up, you hide behind your mommy!

  52. bobhk says: May 31, 2012 8:50 PM

    mrfrostyj says:
    May 31, 2012 7:25 PM
    poor naive RGIII. The team traded up for you and picked you second overall in the draft. Shanahan at this point is probably washing your car and picking up your newspaper in the morning (remember Chilly when Brett Favre was playing well?).

    Let’s see how you feel about him if you struggle to grasp HIS vision of how you should play. That’s what those vets are talking about. I’m pretty sure they felt the same way you did when they were winning too.

    Remember, this was the coach who told McNabb (who’s had more playoff victories as a player than Shanahan has as a coach) that his throwing motion was wrong and needed to change it.
    ——
    @mrfrostyj, seriously? You are going to compare pathetic McNabb to Shanahan?

    For those of you who think that Shanahan is not adaptable you are wrong. I’ll give you one (of many) examples.

    Steve Young never worked out of shot gun. He preferred three to five step drop with timing based slant routes.

    Elway operated out of shotgun and preferred saven step drops.

    Shanahan adapted and won with both.

    I think it’s time to stop bashing the guy. He has his flaws but coaching offensive talent (especially QB) is not one of them.

  53. bobhk says: May 31, 2012 8:53 PM

    Here’s a cut from an article from Matt Mosley who was a columnist on espy:

    When I asked Jason Campbell about Shanahan on Wednesday, he said that friends from around the league had called and texted him about Shanahan’s reputation for taking quarterbacks to the next level. He knows that Shanahan has worked with Hall of Famers Steve Young and John Elway — and both of those players give Shanahan a lot of credit for their success.

    I think I’ll take this over all the geniuses on this board who know more than Young and Elway.

  54. blacknyellablacknyella says: May 31, 2012 8:59 PM

    Haha! I went to ASU with Jake and have personal ties to Bubby and they both HATE Shanahan with a passion. Shanny is SO overrated. He rode Elway’s arm to success. Period. Exclamation point.

  55. bobhk says: May 31, 2012 9:14 PM

    Haha! I went to ASU with Jake and have personal ties to Bubby and they both HATE Shanahan with a passion. Shanny is SO overrated. He rode Elway’s arm to success. Period. Exclamation point.
    ————-
    No kidding. Both are were bum QBs. Ask Elway and Young and both credit him for their success.
    So lemme see, should I listed to bummy brister or two HOF QBs.

  56. skins1970 says: May 31, 2012 11:02 PM

    Who cares what Jake Plummer,Bubby Brister say about Mike Shanahan neither of them were very good QBs. Donovan McNabb is just a bitter guy no one should pay attention to.

  57. joetoronto says: Jun 1, 2012 5:08 AM

    Never trust a rat.

  58. orakpownd says: Jun 1, 2012 9:43 AM

    @peytonsneck18

    All DC residents live in our parents basement? You must be new. The most educated area per capita in the country with the highest employment rating…Right……Have a nice time in Indiana.

  59. jwreck says: Jun 1, 2012 2:52 PM

    blacknyellablacknyella says: May 31, 2012 8:59 PM
    Haha! I went to ASU with Jake and have personal ties to Bubby and they both HATE Shanahan with a passion. Shanny is SO overrated. He rode Elway’s arm to success. Period. Exclamation point.
    __________
    So even if we believe your claim to personally know these guys, Plummer and Brister’s alledged dislike of Shanahan would be totally unrelated to his skill as a coach or quarterback developer. If they do actually hate him, it has to do with the personnel decisions he made in their regards. And, if they do hate him for the management decisions that led them out of Denver, it’s really pretty ungrateful on their part.

    Brister was never starting NFL material: he had the talent to be a solid #2 QB at best. My perception was strongly confirmed by a quick Wikpedia fact check that supplied me with this list of Brister’s career accomplishments, presumably drawn up by his biggest fans:

    “Career highlights[…] include ranking 4th in the NFL in average yards per pass completion in 1988 and ranking 10th in the league in passer rating in 1990.” Wow. Can someone explain to me how this guy doesn’t have a bust in Canton?

    Following Elway’s retirement, Shanahan had an open competition for the starting job: a practice we can all agree is very commonplace in the NFL. Brister lost the competition to Brian Griese. His limited skills starting to fade, Brister was cut the next offseason and called it quits the year after.

    Jake Plummer, on the other hand, looked like he was going on the Brister path to career backup after a roller coaster start to his career in Arizona. Shanahan, however, gave the kid a shot, and utilized Plummer’s unique skillset to lead the Broncos to the AFC Championship. Seeing the opportunity to draft a younger, more talented Plummer in Jay Cutler, Shanahan did what he thought was best for the team.

    While his personnel decisions may not have pleased Plummer or Brister, football is a business and football players need to understand that. On top of that, Mike did a lot for both of these guys before he allegedly managed to make them “both HATE Shanahan with a passion”. Brister has two super bowl rings because of Shanahan’s coaching, and Shanny single-handedly revitalized Plummer’s career. Seriously, the only reason we are even talking about these guys today is because Shanahan gave them a shot.

    I’m not saying they have no right to be a little resentful, but any personal dislike for Shanny they may have doesn’t make him a bad coach, a QB killer, or “SO overrated”. Let’s say a businessman buys your company, downsizes it, and you end up being let go. You may dislike the guy: but it doesn’t mean he’s a bad businessman, a bad person, or that his decision was wrong.

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