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Fred Smoot on Mike Shanahan: ‘Sometimes grandma gets too old’

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Mike Shanahan’s team is once again trying to climb out of a 3-6 hole, and according to Fred Smoot, the Redskins coach is getting his very last chance this Sunday in Philadelphia.

“If he loses this game, this is the end of the Red Lobster,” Smoot told Holden and Danny on 106.7 The Fan. “I think you can put him in the broiler if he loses this game right here.”

Smoot then said all the things he’s previously said about Shanahan and Robert Griffin III: Their relationship is “terrible,” the Redskins need a coach who “understands RGIII talent,” and so on.

He also acknowledged that while Shanahan has brought some good players to the Redskins through the draft and has an eye for talent, he seems to be unable to do much with it.

“I didn’t say he shopped for bad groceries. He shopped for good players,” Smoot said, before launching into the most Smoot-like analogy of all Smoots.

“Like we said, he just cannot cook. You know, sometimes grandma gets too old. She know what to go in the grocery store and get, but she just cannot whip it up like she used to.

“Great coaches get the most out of players, even the players that are not that good, they get the most out of these players,” he added. “With Shanahan right now, I think right now the game has just passed him. Like he’s not a bad coach, he’s a Super Bowl winning coach, but I just think right now, today’s athletes, and everything that goes on with today’s football, has just simply passed him.”

(Partial transcription via Chris Lingebach, and you can listen to the audio here.)

The Redskins head into Sunday's game against the Eagles with a 3-6 record. Last season at 3-6, they went on a run and made the playoffs. Can the team do it again? (Post Sports Live/The Washington Post)



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