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Darrell Green takes aim at Shanahans, wants a job

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Earlier this year, Redskins legend and Hall of Famer Darrell Green wondered aloud if Robert Griffin III was the right man to lead the team on the field.

Now, he’s turned his sights toward coach Mike Shanahan, while effectively applying for a job.

The former Redskins cornerback told SiriusXM NFL Radio’s Dan Koppen and Zig Fracassi that he placed the blame for the current mess at the feet of Shanahan.

These guys are coming in here with their kids, hiring them, everybody’s making millions and having fun, but nobody’s really winning,” Green said, via the Washington Post. “And so, it is frustrating for us. We’ve been losing 20 years here, and we were a team used to winning. And it’s not the owner, because the owner’s not playing and the owner’s not coaching. It’s very frustrating. And I put the onus right where it belongs. [Shanahan] said last week, ‘I take the blame, I didn’t have them ready to play.’ Well you know what, you’re supposed to have them ready to play, and that goes for anybody.”

Green said he didn’t think Shanahan would be back, mentioning that he wasn’t in a position to know. But in case anyone was listening, he said he’d like to be in a position to know in the future.

“I’m very optimistic about the potential for this team to be changed,” he said. “People can only go down so far, particularly when you have a guy who was a self-made millionaire, billionaire in Dan Snyder. This guy is not about losing. He’s about winning, and it’s a matter of time. He’s going to get the formula in place with the right people, and this thing is going to come around.”

That’s when Green began applying for a job, saying after attending several recent games, “it’s kind of gotten back in my blood.”

Of course, lauding Snyder’s managerial acumen is probably a good start toward finding a role, even if none of Snyder’s many approaches have worked yet. And having already pointed the finger at the quarterback which was so expensively acquired, Green might find it hard to make improvements to his beloved team very quickly.

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31 Responses to “Darrell Green takes aim at Shanahans, wants a job”
  1. charge1 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:25 PM

    Better than current coach lets do it!

  2. logicalvoicesays says: Dec 16, 2013 12:29 PM

    Darrell is the greatest Corner to ever set foot on a football field and he does deserve a place in the Redskins franchise. However, there is a proper way to go about that and this route he’s going is classless. #RelaxandRegroupMrGreen

  3. thepftpoet says: Dec 16, 2013 12:29 PM

    Are Jerry Jones & Mike Shanahan related?

  4. sc711 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:33 PM

    So, he complains about QB, wants a job.

    File 13 on that resume.

  5. thepftpoet says: Dec 16, 2013 12:34 PM

    Top 5 Cornerbacks of all time:

    1. Primetime
    2. Dick “night train” Lane
    3. Antoine Winfield
    4. Darell Green
    5. Xavier Rhodes

  6. randomguy9999 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:35 PM

    one thing Green’s right about…. RG3 isn’t showing franchise QB potential…

    at 3-10 he deserved a benching… he took things to the press instead of keeping it internal… you never see a Peyton, Brady, Rodgers etc doing that stuff… he doesn’t seem to recognize the NFL reality and the job that a franchise NFL QB has to do…. he never got his head around avoiding contact and even in garbage time this season he wants to throw off the leg brace and risk the teams #1 asset.

    Shanahan has to go, and they need to re evaluate whether RG3 is just another prima donna scrambler who couldn’t transition to the NFL.

  7. dirtdawg54 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:37 PM

    There is one common denominator to the losing seasons the Deadskins have endured. And his name isn’t Shanahan.

    But pointing that out won’t get you the job you covet, will it? And that’s why the Deadskins will keep on losing.

  8. taosravenfan says: Dec 16, 2013 12:41 PM

    How far is greens head up the Danny’s behind? Hey logical – howya doin dis year?

  9. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 16, 2013 12:50 PM

    If you took out all the NFL coaches who got their job through family connections, more than half the positions in the league would become vacant. It’s glaring and disgusting.

  10. clebrowntown says: Dec 16, 2013 12:54 PM

    While I am a longtime DG fan, having lived in the DC area for many years, Darryl’s argument is without merit. I’m not a fan of the Shanahan regime either but previous regimes including some excellent coaches failed just like the Shannies. The only constant has been the owner since he got the team from the J.K.Cooke family. Crap rolls downhill and so does arrogance. His sense of entitlement and insane acquisition and stoopid(SIC) overpayment of vets are the root and cause of the Skins dismal record.
    Sell 51% to JKCooke’s son and let him be the owner of record.
    It’s time!

  11. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 16, 2013 1:00 PM

    KARMIC IMPLOSION due to racial slur franchise name.

  12. Patskrieg dot com says: Dec 16, 2013 1:02 PM

    Dan Snyder isn’t coaching? Might want to ask Mike Nolan about that.

  13. chucknorrissinspiration says: Dec 16, 2013 1:03 PM

    If there ever was a former redskin that needed to have a job with the team, it’s definitely 28. Get him in there.

  14. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 16, 2013 1:08 PM

    I highly disagree with Green and think the losing is the Owner’s fault more than it is Shanahan or any other single person. If you don’t have an Owner that wants to win bad enough or knows how to win, then you just aren’t going to win. Everything about a football team STARTS with the Owner and the type of philosophy and foundation that he/she rolls out.

    THIS IS ALL on Dan Snyder, and nobody else’s fault. Everybody else just works there, but he’s the boss and it’s HIS team. Not anybody else’s team.

  15. tevya76 says: Dec 16, 2013 1:13 PM

    The only problem with the Skins is the owner.
    He may be a very successful businessman, but it hasn’t translated
    To success in the NFL.

  16. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 16, 2013 1:14 PM

    NFL head coaches have a chit system. “You hire my stupid, lazy son/brother/nephew/cousin/in law hanging around the house, and I’ll hire your stupid, lazy son/brother/nephew/cousin/in law to get him out of your house.”.

  17. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 16, 2013 1:29 PM

    This boot licking Green sucking up to Snyder for a job.

  18. weepingjebus says: Dec 16, 2013 1:33 PM

    If he wants a job, he could unretire. Given their current roster, he’d probably be able to start for the Redskins right now.

  19. commonsensedude says: Dec 16, 2013 1:42 PM

    I am no fan of Dan Snyder, who I think made many mistakes and has, in general, shown very little class as an NFL owner. But this mess is all on Shanahan. The Coach wanted total authority over all football decisions and he got it. He’s had it, contractually, for four years now. And he also has three losing seasons during that time period, despite inheriting a team that made the playoffs only two years before he got here.

    What power does he want Snyder to give him that he doesn’t already have? There’s nothing left to be granted. This mess is Shanahan’s fault and if he didn’t exert his contractual authority to keep things from happening that he didn’t agree with, that’s also his fault.

    And the Redskins didn’t just start being bad when Snyder bought the team. They missed the playoffs for the six seasons before Snyder came. They started the 1998 season, the one before Snyder became owner with seven straight losses. Snyder has made too many mistakes and stupid moves to count here but that by no means lets Shanny off the hook. He demanded full command of the ship and then crashed it.

  20. aoc57 says: Dec 16, 2013 1:44 PM

    I actually agree with Fred Smoot (can’t believe I did that)

    Hire Lovie. No ego, winning record, players coach, 4-3 defense that Orakpo and Kerrigan play their natural positions in.

    Hire Bill Polian as well. He was able to help win a Super Bowl with Jim Irsay as his boss. He can deal with Snyder.

  21. commonsensedude says: Dec 16, 2013 1:44 PM

    I am no fan of Dan Snyder, who I think made many mistakes and has, in general, shown very little class as an NFL owner. But this mess is all on Shanahan. The Coach wanted total authority over all football decisions and he got it. He’s had it, contractually, for four years now. And he also has three losing seasons during that time period, despite inheriting a team that made the playoffs only two years before he got here.

    What power does he want Snyder to give him that he doesn’t already have? There’s nothing left to be granted. This mess is Shanahan’s fault and if he didn’t exert his contractual authority to keep things from happening that he didn’t agree with, that’s also his fault.

    And the Redskins didn’t just start being bad when Snyder bought the team. They missed the playoffs for the six seasons before Snyder came. They started the 1998 season, the one before Snyder became owner, with seven straight losses. Snyder has made too many mistakes and outright stupid moves to count here but that by no means lets Shanny off the hook. He demanded full command of the ship and then crashed it.

  22. dapollock69 says: Dec 16, 2013 1:48 PM

    I haven’t seen a tribe this dysfunctional since the Hakowis.

  23. granadafan says: Dec 16, 2013 2:09 PM

    Dan Snyder absolutely deserves much of the blame. He’s such a meddlesome owner like Jerrah Jones and Al Davis that the coaches have no authority or autonomy. They’re looking over their shoulder to see if Snyder is sneaking about.

    Players have no respect for coaches because they can just run to the owner if they don’t like what they’re being told like not rushing back from a devastating knee injury.

  24. armoderate says: Dec 16, 2013 2:12 PM

    Green lost all credibility when he said that the current state of the franchise has nothing to do with the owner. Let’s see, how many first round players you taking in the next two years? Snyder is Jerry Jones on steroids. Not to say Shanahan has done a marvelous job of assembling a great coaching staff. Green is a KAs.. A new coach won’t fix this franchise. Look how its gone in the last 12 years.

  25. vtsquirm says: Dec 16, 2013 2:16 PM

    There is really no way Snyder can win with some of you. He gets too involved early on and fires Norv during the season. The fans and media attack him. He hires proven NFL coaches, proven college coaches, hall of fame coaches, young coaches with new ideas, coaches with Super Bowls under their belts and he’s attacked every time. He’s attacked for firing coaches too early and for giving coaches too much time.

    EVERYONE LAY OFF SNYDER! The man doesn’t play on Sundays. He doesn’t coach on Sundays. Hell, he or his patsy Cerratto haven’t played GM for 4 years. He just writes checks! He’s not doing anything that other owners around the league aren’t doing! I just saw a picture of Jerry Jones talking with Dez Bryant during the game yesterday. Nobody bashes Jerry for that!

    The man wants to win more than anyone else in the league… How do i know this? The guy will spend any amount of money necessary to get the right guys in here. True, he hasn’t found the right guy yet… but unless there is someone sitting out there with a business card that says he will guaranty a Super Bowl victory (and can back it up) if he’s hired as the next head coach, there are no guarantys! Mike Tomlin, Jim Harbaugh, John Harbaugh, nobody is a surefire guaranty. So layoff Snyder!

  26. kinggw says: Dec 16, 2013 2:22 PM

    @randomguy,

    When did Griffin take things to the press? Shanahan has been the one leaking stories the past few weeks.

    And spare me the franchise qb bs. You don’t know what Brady or Rodgers would do if they were in Griffin’s shoes. Neither one of them was drafted to be a franchise savior. Neither one of them had an amazing rookie year only to be benched their second year.

    It’s ridiculous and somewhat asinine to act like Griffin’s job is on the line after two years. The Redskins problems run much deeper than Griffin. He is not even in the top. The problem is people want so badly for Griffin to fail that every misstep (or perceived misstep) is exaggerated. He’s a second year qb whose coach is deflecting the blame for his subpar effort.

  27. blackqbwhiterb says: Dec 16, 2013 2:30 PM

    Darrell was one of the best PLAYERS ever… That doesn’t mean he belongs MANAGING part of an NFL team, however… I’d love to see him coach the DB’s for a while though, and see how it goes from there

  28. mancave001 says: Dec 16, 2013 2:37 PM

    Snyder is the worst owner in the NFL. I really believe that. Jerrah is a rodeo clown, but a kind of likable rodeo clown. Al Davis is gone, otherwise he’d still be the reigning champion of awfulness.

    But Snyder? His decision making is horrendous. He seems to overrule his coaches and front office, and tried to play fantasy football to build his team. How did that work out? Don’t get me wrong…I’ve got no love for Shanahan, either.

  29. kwickett85 says: Dec 16, 2013 3:24 PM

    I would love to have him as our secondary coach. Even though I’m sure he could still outplay every CB on the roster.

  30. skinsfanwill says: Dec 17, 2013 2:30 PM

    Of all the comments posted I have yet to come across the anything mentioning Jim Haslett. He took over a defense that was top 10 in the league and immediately went to 31. Only .2 yards away from dead last. That offense was ranked 6th at one point this year. There is no way you give up 35 points a game and think you can win each week. Haslett is the real problem. Keep everyone except him and see how the Skins can turn things around. Winning starts with being able to stop somebody from scoring. Bring in Lovey so he can show these good players how a good scheme works. Haslett is the worst and that buddy system has failed on epic levels in DC.

  31. gregoryw1965 says: Dec 24, 2013 2:36 PM

    Owner – Dan Snyder

    Team President – Bruce Allen

    GM – Bill Polian’

    Coach – Lovie Smith – Player Coach

    OC – Bobby Turner

    DC – Raheem Morris

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