Feinstein still skeptical of the Shanahans


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Here is John Feinstein saying mean things about Mike and Kyle Shanahan that many of you will disagree with strongly — and with unexpected grammatical flourishes — in the comments section below, keeping this economy humming by helping The Washington Post generate some sort of revenue via online advertising on a blog item about a Post columnist and CBS Radio host saying inflammatory things about two football coaches on CBS Radio station 106.7 The Fan.

For those of you who dismissively proclaim your time would be better spent reading about, say, the first time Dr. James Andrews was mentioned in connection with the Redskins, well, here you go.

Feb. 28, 1988: “[Doug] Williams has an appointment with an old friend — Dr. James Andrews — who worked on his knees when Williams was a Tampa Bay Buccaneer.”

March 2, 1988: “Andrews, reached in Birmingham yesterday, deferred all comments to [Bubba] Tyer, who said if Williams does have the surgery, it shouldn’t ‘be anything serious.'”

March 3, 1988: “Andrews has apparently left on a trip to the Gulf of Mexico, and Tyer couldn’t locate Andrews’ fishing boat yesterday.”

March 10, 1988: “Williams, most valuable player in the 42-10 Super Bowl victory over the Denver Broncos on Jan. 31, is due to be operated on in Birmingham by Dr. James Andrews, who has performed successful surgery on Williams’ knee twice.”

March 11, 1988: “According to team and hospital representatives, the surgery — peformed by Williams’ old friend Dr. James Andrews — lasted approximately one hour 15 minutes and was termed ‘extremely successful.’…Before surgery, Andrews said Williams had only 88 percent flexion in the knee, which means he couldn’t bend it very far. After surgery, though, Andrews said there was 129 percent flexion.”

Here’s to all the flexion for RGIII. Like, a million percent. And now, for those of you who just want to be angry:

“Oh my God,” Feinstein said last week, when the Junkies asked about reports of a possible extension for Mike Shanahan. “How is it that the Shanahans in seven weeks have gone from being people that everybody was just about ready to run out of Washington to being Joe Gibbs and Richie Petitbon? I don’t get it. I mean, look, it’s a great run by the Redskins…How much of this turnaround is Shanahan’s genius, and how much of it is Robert Griffin III? I’m going about 80-20 Robert Griffin III.

“Now, they drafted Alfred Morris, which was a great pick, obviously,” Feinstein said. “He’s turned out to be a terrific player. And the team, once Shanahan declared the season over, has played very well. But they want to sign Shanahan to an extension? Why, number one? Where’s he going? Is there somebody standing over there in the corner jumping up and down to hire Shanahan? If there is, I’d say go ahead and take him. You know, hire Chip Kelly and let him run the offense with Robert Griffin III. I’d love to see that…

“And Kyle Shanahan?” Feinstein went on. “Temperamental punk all of the sudden is a head-coaching candidate? What am I missing?”

“You’ve got to give him credit,” Jason Bishop interrupted. “He’s done a great job.”

“No, I’m not, I’m sorry,” Feinstein said. “He’s a bad guy, so I’m not giving him credit. He doesn’t talk to the media when something goes wrong, he’s chasing refs into locker rooms, he’s an arrogant kid who’s lived on his father’s coattails his entire life. I don’t like the guy personally, so no, I don’t have to give him credit. I said this yesterday – I was exaggerating to make a point – that virtually anybody could be the offensive coordinator for Griffin and be successful.”

Listen here.

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.

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