Morning Pixels: Mike Shanahan through 40 games

October 30, 2012

Mike Shanahan has now reached the mid-point of his five-year contract with the Redskins. And while many fans and media members expected that there would be some short-term pain in erasing the lasting scars of the Jim Zorn and Vinny Cerrato Era, I feel pretty secure saying the bruise has lasted longer and turned uglier than anticipated.

Thus, I went back and looked at the records of every coach in Redskins history who has led the team for at least 40 games. Shanahan ranks next-to-last on the list. He’s just behind Norv Turner, who got off to a 7-1 start in his third season in Washington. He’s ahead of only Bill McPeak.

The rookie quarterback and rookie running back still look outstanding. But this is a fairly ugly list for the current regime.

1. George Allen 29-10-1

2. Joe Gibbs I 29-11

3. Ray Flaherty 25-12-3

4. Jack Pardee 21-19

5. Joe Gibbs II 19-21

6. Joe Kuharich 18-22

7. Otto Graham 16-21-3

8. Norv Turner 16-24

9. Mike Shanahan 14-26

10. Bill McPeak 9-28-3

 

BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER

* Wise previews the Wizards season: “Pop quiz: A.J. Price, starting point guard or bakery manager at Whole Foods? Martell Webster, Wizards’ small forward or Hewlett-Packard data processer?”

* Michael Lee offers an in-depth look at Bradley Beal.

* Tracee Hamilton on the Skins loss: “They were Matrix sequels-unwatchable, Katherine Heigl rom-com-unwatchable, Honey Boo Boo-unwatchable. They were epically unwatchable.”

* Unlike Tracee, Shanahan is focusing on the positives.

 

TWEET OF THE NIGHT

Niles Paul knows how to prepare for a hurricane.

 

 

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT

Randy Wittman to Wise, on the Wizards being cursed:

“I don’t believe in that. But if you got an exorcist, can you bring him over to the Verizon Center?”

 

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

Even in the middle of a natural disaster, the mayor of D.C. has Natitude. Via @primetimereds.

 

WHAT TO WATCH TODAY

The Wizards start their season in Cleveland at 7 on Comcast SportsNet. After so many days without a weeknight primetime D.C. sports viewing option, I’m unnaturally excited about this. All TV/Radio listings are here.

 

DRESSING LIKE WERTH

Nats Enquirer has a compelling round-up of Jayson Werth Halloween costumes. After RGIII, this is now the most recognizable D.C. sports costume out there.

 

LIVINGSTON TIME?

Hey, Shaun Livingston is available. The guy who resurrected his career for a Wizards team that now is kind of short on NBA point guards. Would he be perfect for the Wiz?

 

HORSE MAN

Via DeBonis: Shirtless, horse-masked man jogs through Bloomingdale streets, into our hearts. The masked man talked to City Paper.

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