Really, once the training wheels come off, Griffin should play the single largest role in finally completing what has seemed like Washington’s perpetual rebuilding project. That’s when Shanahan could claim success in the only part of his job that matters to Snyder.
Then there’s the younger Shanahan, who has experienced a significant career downturn since he partnered with his father.
Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III beat out preseason favorite Andrew Luck for the Heisman Trophy, which is awarded to college football's best player of the season. (Dec. 10)
Only a few seasons ago, Kyle was considered one of the league’s rising offensive coordinators. He appeared to be on the fast track toward running his own shop. But his stock has taken a hit after his behind-the-scenes feud with Donovan McNabb and Washington’s lack of production on offense the past two seasons.
With the help of his father and Griffin, Kyle’s status could improve quickly if he proves the problem was Washington’s quarterbacks, not the person calling the plays.
In Griffin, Kyle presumably will have a willing, capable student. No more butting heads with a rapidly declining veteran set in his ways (McNabb) or relying on journeymen incapable of leading the Redskins where they’re hoping to return (Rex Grossman and John Beck) .
If Kyle could help Griffin reach his superstar potential, the same fans who have bashed him on sports-talk radio will quickly forget why they did. By succeeding with Griffin, Kyle could rehabilitate his professional image while displaying an understanding of young quarterbacks.
Remember, Kyle played a key role in the development of Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub. If he could help two guys get to the top, well, that sort of thing definitely looks good on his résumé.
Griffin just fits well for so many reasons. Occasionally, the right moves are the most obvious, too.
For Jason Reid’s previous columns go to washingtonpost.com/reid.
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