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.
Hopefully everyone has found themselves a storm boo by now, be safe folks! lol
— Niles Paul (@Niles_Paul84) October 29, 2012
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.
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?