Cautious optimism blooms in Ashburn

By Mark Pierce

Well, he’s kind of smiling, here.

The thing that Donovan McNabb was complaining about so vehemently, that Shanahan was too rigid, that he couldn’t adapt a game plan to his ( or presumably anyone’s ) skill set, well, that kinda is not so much how it’s working out with respect to Robert Griffin III.

This little nugget from Coach Shanahan at the presser flew under the radar a bit, with all the champagne corks already beginning to pop in Griffin’s honor, but in talking about the ‘Skins QB he said ” “You have to do what you know, and you know well. That’s our job as coaches not to throw the whole playbook at him, but do what he does best and what he feels comfortable with. That’s what we’ll find out here over the next couple months.”

The coach alluded to that philosophy in earlier remarks, but was more specific in his comments today.

Truthfully, McNabb is not the only player, and certainly not the only person to have voiced concerns over Shanahan’s alleged inflexibility. Whispers abounded about the game’s having passed him by.  Some charged nepotism, quite vocally.  Was the father and son show basically a boot leg one trick pony? Would pere and fils ultimately end up leaving town on a rail?

But I see the stars in alignment here. God help me, the old ball coach has made a damn believer out of me. Besides, you can see it all so plainly. Coach loves the kid. It will be interesting watching them grow.

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About ImproperRedskin

I grew up watching the Redskins with my dad. I feel I've always been a part of Redskins Nation. I'm so excited about the direction the team is taking now. I feel somewhat exiled in terms of the skins living in Boston, even though I know there are other fans here. That's pretty much why I started doing this, to touch base with other Redskins fans across the country. There's always something to talk about with the Redskins, isn't there? I want to hear your voice.
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