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Posts Tagged ‘Mike Shanahan.’

Shanahan says that Robert Griffin III is the starter at QB

 

Robert Griffinn III (2009 photo by Caesarscott via wikipedia commons)

Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan has wasted no time at all in affirming that 2012 NFL Draft pick Robert Griffin III, is the team’s starting quarterback, “period.”

The Redskins wrapped up their rookie minicamp over the weekend by putting the Heisman Trophy winner and number-2 overall pick as the top QB on the depth chart.

Griffin is ahead of fourth-round pick Kirk Cousins and last year’s starter, Rex Grossman. The latter two will battle for second and third string spots.

RG3 picked up several other awards his final season at Baylor in 2011, was a concensus All-American, 1st team All-Big 12, Davey O’Brien Award and the Manning Award.

 

 

Info compiled from Washington Redskins, Radio & TV news

Titans ownership changes mind, Fisher won’t return

Jeff Fisher (photo by Major Annmarie Daneker via wikipedia commons)

After the recently completed NFL regular-season, the Tennessee Titans announced that head coach Jeff Fisher would be returning for 2011.

But in a mind-boggling, shocking move, the team parted ways with the popular Fisher, the franchise’s coach since 1994, when it was the Houston Oilers.

Fisher, who put in 16 years with the franchise, was on track to coach the final year of his contract and be paid $6.5 million.

There had been a power struggle between controversial quarterback Vince Young and Jeff Fisher when the coach benched him early in the season.

After the season, Titans owner Bud Adams said he was on Fisher’s side, but changed his mind this week.

Fisher, a USC alumnus and former NFL player, was promoted from defensive coordinator to interim coach with six games left in the 1994 season.

The 52-year-old Fisher, compiled a 147-126 record with the Titans and Oilers including postseason. He won four division titles and made the playoffs six times. His 1999 team, led by the late Steve McNair at quarterback, lost to the St. Louis Rams in the Super Bowl.

Fisher has coached more NFL games for one franchise than all but six Hall of Fame coaches: George Halas, Tom Landry, Don Shula, Chuck Noll, Curly Lambeau and Bud Grant. He ranks third among active coaches in career wins, behind only Bill Belichick (176) and Mike Shanahan (160) and he is 20th all-time in coaching wins.

compiled from NFL reports & Tennessee Titans news

Surprisingly, Eagles trade McNabb to division rival Washington

compiled from staff, wire and internet reports

As expected, Donovan McNabb was traded but who he was traded to was a surprise as well as shocking.

The Philadelphia Eagles traded McNabb to the Washington Redskins for a pair of drafts picks Sunday night. The Eagles will receive a second-round pick (37th overall) in the 2010 NFL draft and either a third-or-fourth round pick next year.

Donovan McNabb (Redskins)

The trade is a daring move for new Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and might be signaling the end in Washington for incumbent QB Jason Campbell, the starter for the past 3 1/2 years. Shanahan recently signed free-agent Rex Grossman to be the backup and has also been scouting the college quarterbacks who will be in the draft. The Redskins have the number 4 overall pick in the draft.

Shanahan is hoping that the 33-year-old McNabb works out as well as the last trade between the two teams involving a big-name quarterback.  In 1964, the Eagles sent Sonny Jurgensen to the Redskins, where he played 11 years until he was 40 and became a Hall of Famer.  When asked about the trade, Jurgensen said “These people never learn.”

Trading McNabb to a division opponent could haunt Philadelphia for years, and the Eagles fans, who can be brutal, are definitely questioning the trade of the popular McNabb.

McNabb is in the last year of his contract and it has not been known if the two sides will talk extension or not.

McNabb threw for 3,553 yards and 22 touchdowns with 10 interceptions in 14 games last season, leading the Eagles to the playoffs. His passer rating of 92.9 was the third-highest of his career.

Donovan, a six-time Pro Bowl quarterback, led the Eagles to five NFC championship games and one Super Bowl in 11 seasons in Philadelphia. His failure to lead the team to its first NFL championship since 1960 made him expendable.

The Syracuse alumnus, the number 2 overall pick in the 1999 draft, leaves the franchise as its leader in yards passing (32,873), completions (2,801), attempts (4,746), completion percentage (59.0) and touchdown passes (216). He also rushed for 3,249 yards and 28 TD’s.

With McNabb gone, Kevin Kolb will be the starter and Michael Vick will be the backup.

Willie Parker leaves Steelers to play for the Washington Redskins

compiled from staff and wire reports

The Washington Redskins continued to improve their team this offseason under new head coach Mike Shanahan.

They’ve added another veteran running back to the team, signing Willie Parker to a one-year deal. Parker left the Steelers on Friday to sign a contract that could be worth as much as $3.1 million with incentives.

Willie Parker (steelers photo)

The Redskins still have 28-year-old incumbent running back Clinton Portis returning and they recently inked 30-year-old Larry Johnson to a three-year incentive-laced contract.

The 29-year-old Parker played six years with the Steelers, winning two Super Bowl rings. He has three 1,200-yard seasons, but ran for only 389 yards as a backup.