Brotherz Posted August 31, 2010 Share Posted August 31, 2010 December 30, 2008 - Mike Shanahan is fired by the Denver Broncos. Jan 3, 2009 Mike Shanahan to Peter King : "What I'm going to do is take a couple of weeks to sit back and relax a little, then consider what it is I'm going to do, Unless there's a perfect situation out there, I'd rather sit out the year and return next year.'' - --- October 13, 2009 - Fanhouse.com reports: "Sources have confirmed that the Washington Redskins recently tried to hire Mike Shanahan to replace Jim Zorn and Shanahan declined. The sources would not rule out the possibility that Shanahan would reconsider in the offseason. December 17, 2009 - Bruce Allen hired as GM after Vinny Cerrato "resigns". January 4, 2010 - Jim Zorn Fired January 5, 2010 - Mike Shanahan hired. July 2010 to Larry Weisman of Redskins.com: Q: In coming back to coaching after a year off, are you sensing a difference in yourself in terms of your patience or your desire? A: “When you work for 35 years without any time off, 70-100 hour weeks for 35 years, and then you go through a season when you don’t have any time schedule except yours, that’s quite a difference. I had time to do things I had never been able to do, personally as well as professionally. Professionally, I went to some summer camps and got to see how other people run a camp at the professional level and at the collegiate level. I had not done that since I was in college and when you’re working in the NFL, the other teams aren’t going to let you see what they’re doing. So that was something that was interesting. “The thing that I had never done before was not have the pressure of getting ready for a game, not worrying about injuries, not doing the weekly routine. I could enjoy the games, study the games — and what a great game we do have. I watched it as a coach as well as a fan. I’ve got six TVs and some of them you can break up the screen so it was a perfect situation to watch all the games, watch the interviews and follow teams. That was a different perspective.” I give you all of that historical context to make one point. When do you think Mike Shanahan knew he would be joining the skins? I say, when he "rejected" the mid-season job offer to replace Zorn at a MINIMUM. That puts us in October of 2009. At that time (and for 8 months leading up to that time) Shanahan had his own office and secretary, was meeting with coaches, assembling a staff (which included Haslett from the jump), and studying the rest of the league. He spent five hours a day watching film from some reports. He visited college and pro camps to learn new tricks and refresh himself. He is known league wide for his legendary 100 hour work weeks. He is a work-aholic in every sense of the phrase. Shanahan is well aware of our history. He referenced it in his introductory press conference (without screwing up our team colors either!). He is well aware of who our arch nemesis is. He is also well aware of who we were playing in our home opener this year. So, if he knew he was joining the skins in the fall of 2009, I ask you, seriously, when do you think Mike Shanahan started "gameplanning" for the Dallas Cowboys? Dallas may have some serious talent at certain positions. They may also have a distinct advantage in cohesiveness since the team has essentially been playing together for years now in the same system. But I have to say, knowing that Shanahan has been preparing to beat the Wade Phillips led cowboys on national TV to open the first chapter of his rebirth makes me absolutely giddy. If we lose this game, I believe it will be because we have serious talent deficiencies relative to the Cowboys that simply cannot be overcome with great gameplanning and strategy. But, personally, I don't think that is what we will see in this game. What we will see will be a year in the making. It will be a bona fide genius with a chip on his shoulder unleashing over a year's worth of work on the Dallas Cowboys with the entire country tuning in. I personally, can't wait to see what Shanny has in store for Wade and his troops. I expect it to truly be exceptional. HAIL!! :dallasuck Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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