Bruce Boudreau visited Redskins training camp this summer, chatted up Mike Shanahan, and said the Redskins coach would be invited “any time” to a session at Kettler.
So when Boudreau was fired this week, Comcast SportsNet’s Chick Hernandez used the news as occasion to ask Shanahan about the fleeting nature of coaching jobs.
“What’s the psyche of a head coach, knowing that could take place at any time?” Hernandez asked.
“Bruce is a heck of a coach,” he said. “I had a chance to be around him, he came out to practice. And you could see he’s a down-to-earth guy, he’s a genuine guy, you can tell he loves what he does. And he won’t be out of work for now. He’s a heck of a hockey coach and he’ll bounce back very quickly.”
Fine stuff, but not particularly introspective.
If you’re curious, the last time a D.C. area coach got canned during Redskins season, the Skins coach was Jim Zorn, and he had more than a few thoughts on Eddie Jordan.
“I don’t even want to say that’s the nature of the game, because I think that’s a harsh reality of the game that makes it a very volatile profession,” Zorn began. “So you’re right, what it does is it sort of disjoints. It won’t just disjoint Eddie; many families will be impacted by that particular decision.
“And when an owner decides that that’s what the problem is, I can understand. He’s gotta make the choice. Because even on a daily basis, you just feel like you’re spinning your wheels, or you’re even going backwards. I’m hoping it doesn’t happen here, but that’s what every coach hopes, is that what he’s putting out on the field just continues to gain the confidence or maintain the confidence of the head coach....
“So maybe he could have turned some things up or turned the heat up or know where his weaknesses were more than they were allowing him to have time to do. I don’t know, we’re just sitting around a table being a Monday Morning Quarterback like everybody else in this situation, because the intricacies, the details, the real reasons probably need to be talked [about] by those guys. I’m just disappointed that families are disrupted all over the place because of that.”
That’s not an answer Mike Shanahan would have given.
(Via the Skins Blog.)