By Mark Pierce
Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan gave an interview this afternoon on ESPN 980 with hosts Kevin Sheehan and Thom Loverro. He spoke to the pair for about ten minutes, covering a variety of team related topics.
There were no earth shattering revelations made in the interview, with the ESPN guys mostly lobbing up softballs, but it’s been interesting to hear the coach speak with the media of late, his mood seeming almost jovial, especially in comparison with the Rex- Grossman- and- John Beck- are my- quarterbacks era Shanahan. Today he seemed as relaxed and confident as I’d ever heard him.
Asked whether he planned to stay up late tonight to watch his new quarterback’s appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the coach allowed that he had appeared on the show himself, back in the day, and that he would, in all probability stay up late and watch it.
He went on to say how pleased he was with the team’s new practice facility, and that they had used it for a total of eight practices thus far. At one point Sheehan asked him to comment on Niles Paul moving to tight end, and the coach replied by saying the position carried the potential to be game changing, and that at his height and weight and ability, the second year pro reminded him of Shannon Sharpe.