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Jason Reid Goes Ground and Pound On Mike Shanahan

Yesterday afternoon on WJFK-FM's "LaVar and Dukes Show," the hosts took a short break in between LaVar Arrington's JoePa-enabling monologues (seriously, the Penn State Board of Trustees would have removed Arrington from the airwaves if he said "He followed protocol!" one more damn time) to bring on the Washington Post's Jason Reid.

Awesome radio ensued.

Reid went off on Mike Shanahan like nobody with that big a megaphone has ever gone off on the Redskins coach.

The hosts were discussing Shanahan's failure to put a decent quarterback on the field during his time in DC when Reid started throwing haymakers, and didn't stop.

Some highlights from the anti-Shanahan rant*:

The reality of it is, when [Shanahan] opens his mouth, I just stop listening now. He either does something ridiculous, like stake his reputation on two quarterbacks who can't play, or he says he didn't say something he said, or he says he was just saying it at the time just to say it because he has to do that with the media, or he says he did a great job preparing a team that got embarrassed 23-0 in Toronto. He doesn't tell the truth, and when he does say something he actually believes, he's so non-sensical, like he's staking his reptuation on two inept quarterbacks. I...I....I can't respond to someone who doesn't make sense and lies through his teeth!

Even if you just count [the number of quarterbacks Shanahan's failed with here] at three, that's at least two too many, ok? Now, when you talk about him failing at quarterback, I mean look, it is the most important position. I've talked to people who have told me that he truly believes that Beck was better than any quarterback he could take in the draft. Now, a lot of this is his arrogance, ok?  All NFL coaches, Type A personalities, alpha males, those guys are arrogant. That's just the way it is. This guy takes it to kind of unprecedented levels, especially when you consider his last decade in Denver. He missed the playoffs six times, including his final three years. He did a colossally poor job on player personnel. He never could get it right on defense, changed coordinators nonstop. So when you tell me that you've blown it on possibly four and definitely three quartberacks and how can he keep his job, Chad, this is how he keeps his job: Because Dan Snyder did such a collossally poor job for the decade-plus that he ran this team, he has absolutely no choice now but to let this guy have the full five years and try to work it out. Because here's the thing, fellas: If he doesn't give him the five years, he won't even be able to get a guy like Jim Zorn to take this job again. He's got to give him the five years....

My thing is, the drum that I've been banging for weeks is, in year two, there's just simply no reason, with two full free-agent cycles, two full draft cycles, in spite of limitations of the uncapped year and in spite of the lockout, and two full offseasons of trades, that they should simply not be competitive at this point. I mean, they don't have to win all their games. They don't even have to win half of their games. But the product that he's putting out there now on the offensive side of the ball, where he is supposedly one of the best that ever lived, is simply unacceptable. And if it's simply unacceptable in year two, what you're saying to me is there's a fundamental problem in the program. And if there's a fundamental problem in the program, that doesn't necessarilhy mean somebody has to be fired, but it means that at the end of the season it has to be assessed whether he is capable froma player personnel standpoint of doing this on his own. And if he's not, he needs help, and he needs help quickly.

The reality of it is, this guy is one of the all time arrogant guys ever. And you can talk about your system, people say they have injuries and that's why they're not scoring. that's crap. They weren't scoring when they had their full complement of personnel. It's like in the movie 'Rush Hour' when Chris Tucker says to Jackie Chan, 'Do you understand a word that's coming out of my mouth?' The reality of it is, even though he's talking, I hear him say things, but I don't understand a word that's coming out of his mouth."

Can't wait 'til Reid brings that level of heat in his columns.

*A royalty check is headed to The Great Dan Steinberg for infringing his Steinography™ patents. It's way harder than it looks, people!

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  • The Ghost of Jack Kent Cooke

    Seems to me like Jason Reid showed remarkable restraint.

  • noodlez

    THE INEPTNESS OF KYLE SHANNY AS O-COORDINATOR IS GREATLY UNDERSTATED IN THIS TOWN. THIS IS THE NFC EAST NOT THE AFC SOUTH. HIS WEAK ASS PHILOSOPHY WILL NOT WORK HERE!!!!

  • Jim Ed

    While I think he makes some valid points, I take it with a tremendous grain of salt, as J Reid is the worst kind of sports cliche following columnist. Also, he seems to have no problem contradicting himself one week to another based on the current winds around his topic. One week he writes a glowing ode to Rex Grossman, two weeks later he is calling for his head. His Nationals columns were laughably awful, and his Redskins ones haven't been much better.

    As far as his points about the Redskins, he knows better. Redskins fans more than any other franchise overvalue the talent on the team. Shanahan knew coming in the cupboard was bare, and that it would be a process to rebuild. Just because Shanny is a dick to the media doesn't mean he's a lousy coach. He's put some solid pieces in place through his 1st two drafts, give him another to take a QB, and if it fails, then start calling for his head. But to give the man a season and a half and blame him for not winning after years of egregious ineptitude under Danny and Vinny is just unfair and is the exact lack of patience that people, including Reid, have justifiably hammered Snyder for over the last ten years. To sum it up, you can't have it both ways. You can't rally for rebuilding and development of young talent and then gather the torches and pitchforks when the team sucks for 2-3 years, and that's what Reid is doing here.

    As strong as WaPo's beat writers have been (Chico Harlan excluded), I'm always puzzled by how bad the Sports department columnists have been. I automatically skip Hamilton and Reid, and Feinstein continues his one man campaign to become the official Moral Arbiter of sports. Wise when inspired can write excellent work, but seems to spend a lot of his time trying to get his smugness to physically manifest itself off of the page its printed on. That place needs new blood, and needs it bad.

    **Disclaimer: I'm not a lunatic, I swear. I wrote this in between projects, not in one fell swoop, so that's why it sounds incoherent and unabombery.

  • Iggy Pop

    Reid needs to go. His motivation for publicly trashing Shanny is derived from his cozy relationship with Donovan Mcnabb. Reid literally takes every chance he can get to snipe at Shanahan, I find it trite and and pathetic. As Jim Ed mentioned, the idea of Reid calling for Shanny's head is absurd, Shanahan has had a season and a half to completely tear down an old uncompetitive roster and infuse some cheap youth (which he has done), what did you expect, this transition to be seamless? And to Reid's point of Shanny saying that he "stakes his reputation on the success of John Beck and Rex Grossman" is senseless and arrogant, what did you want Shanny to say???? "Ugh, i think we have two mediocre to bad qb's right now and we are just playing the hand we're dealt, we dont have anything invested in these scrubs, so if youre going to blame somebody, blame them that they suck, im just trying to get to next year so I can draft Landry Jones". Shanny is taking the heat for his guys, he is trying to keep them confident, I am glad he is willing to take the bullets for Beck and Grossman, thats what good and respected coaches do. My perspective will change however if the Redskins do not draft a Qb in the first 2 rounds of next years draft. Reid is right by saying that this is on Shanny for putting these qbs out there, but to shannys defense he didnt have a ton of other options (and there are a lot of good qbs coming out this year, god forbid someone at redskins park look at the macro effect of their decisions.) In short, Jason Reid is a petulant dick who has an axe to grind and if I never hear his garbage ever again it'll be the best thing thats ever happened to me.

  • noodlez

    @Jim Ed-"He's put some solid pieces in place through his 1st two drafts, give him another to take a QB, and if it fails, then start calling for his head. But to give the man a season and a half and blame him for not winning after years of egregious ineptitude under Danny and Vinny is just unfair and is the exact lack of patience that people, including Reid, have justifiably hammered Snyder for over the last ten years."

    SLIM WASTED DRAFT PICKS FOR A WASHED UP OVERRATED QB, THE DEBACLE THAT WAS HAYESWORTH, YEAH TRENT WILLIAMS WAS A NO BRAINER BUT KERRIGAN WHO IS HAVING A CHARLES MANN YEAR BECAUSE OF DEXTER MANLEY I MEAN ORACKPO. WE NEEDED A FRANCHISE QB. PERIOD. HANKERSON??? THAT BAMMA CANT CATCH A COLD AND WE STILL NEED O-LINE HELP AND A SOLID CORNER. I'M SORRY J-REID WAS ON POINT!!!! THEY WERE NOT PREPARED IN TORONTO AND GOT OUT PHYSICAL'D AGAINST SAN FRAN.

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