Morning Pixels: Kyle Shanahan head coach chatter

December 17, 2012

In the aftermath of Washington’s impressive win in Cleveland — with the offense topping 30 points for the seventh time this season, this time with a fourth-round rookie QB under center — I heard both local television and local radio personalities wondering what this does for Kyle Shanahan’s job prospects.


(John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Well, national analysts are also wondering.

“If Kyle Shanahan delivers a win with a backup quarterback – a backup rookie quarterback – he shows the rest of the NFL he is ready to be a head coach and take the next step,” the NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi said during Sunday’s pregame show. “What he has done with Robert Griffin III is remarkable, but we knew Griffin had talent. If he does it with Cousins, then all of a sudden all those teams who will be looking for a head coach soon are going to take notice.”

If that was the conventional wisdom before Cousins made his starting debut, well, you’d have to assume those teams looking for a head coach took notice.
 

BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER

* Wise on Shanahan: “Yes, he knows what he’s doing. We just had to wait a good, long while to believe.”

* Reid on the same: “It seems the Shanahans can do no wrong. Times have certainly changed.”

* RGIII wasn’t happy about being inactive.

* Bradley Beal is playing better and having fun.

 

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT

Kirk Cousins, putting his start into perspective, or something:

“It’s a game that I’ll remember for a long time. If I die tomorrow, I can say I started a game in the NFL and we won. So it’s a good feeling.”

 

WHAT TO WATCH TODAY

Nothing local. The Jets play the Titans at 8:30 on ESPN. All TV/Radio listings are here.

 

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Fans in a bar singing Hail to the Redskins in mid-December. That sure hasn’t happened much in recent years. Via the Nexus.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

Spotted on 15th Street NW early Monday morning. This has actually been around for at least a few weeks, but it seems to fit the holiday spirit.
 

 

RGIII’s IMPACT

This is profane, but it’s a pretty interesting look at how Drew Magary — famous blogger, GQ writer, Vikings fan, Bethesda resident and occasional ESPN 980 guest — is finding himself rooting for the Redskins. “Even though Snyder is still the owner and Mike Shanahan is still standing there on the sidelines like some kind of emotionless leather android, they’re the RG3 Skins, completely and fully.”

 

‘CONSIDER THE SOURCE’

Ted Leonsis on The Post’s James Harden’s trade scoop: “First, we would not have gone into the luxury tax – that is simple math. Second, economics were not a factor.”
 

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