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Russ Grimm, ftw.

Posted by: -Magua- | January 5, 2010 11:13 AM

I don't know if Shanahan is the coach to get My Skins going in the right direction (Remember Gibbs 2.0) but if you want a coach that might just possibly care about the Redskins and not just here because of a big paycheck then Russ Grimm is the way to go...

Posted by: GEORGELJOHNSON | January 5, 2010 11:29 AM

Coach and GM are irrelevant as long as Snyder treats the Redskins as his fantasy football team. Every coach he hired was supposed to be the one to lead the team to glories long past (how has that been working out?). The Redskins are evolving into the Cubs and will continue to be a crappy franchise as long as Snyder owns the team. He cares not because he is laughing all the way to the bank with the money from suckers who buy tickets and gear in the hopes of a return to the glory days long gone. Wake up fans and stop funding this failing regime.

Posted by: buster5 | January 5, 2010 11:36 AM

-Magua- | January 5, 2010 11:13 AM
SINCE YOU APPARENTLY SHARE OWNERSHIP WITH SNYDER YOU SHOULD PUT YOUR FOOT DOWN AND INSIST ON GRIMM. I THINK THAT HE BE A GREAT CHOICE.

Posted by: keithompson | January 5, 2010 11:38 AM

I am still skeptical. Two red flags emerged.

1. Is Snyder still searching for famous Redskin DNA in the form of Bruce Allen?

2. Is Snyder hiring the coach or Allen? (Witness another all nighter at the Snyder residence with a prospective coach).

Will Snyder really let Allen and Shanahan run the team? If not we are doomed to repeat the failure of the past ten years.

Posted by: B_Al_Zebub | January 5, 2010 11:46 AM

I see a lot of people favoring old Shanahan for the HC position for 2010. Let me be clear at what I say here...Russ Grimm is a better candidate than Mike Shanahan. Why? very simple. every coach that comes to DC (from any other place in the country) does not know how people and the media can turn on you. It can get very intense and stressful when it comes to coaching the skins. You don't have to be the coach to say that, just embody yourself in the coach's position. That is why many coaches have come and gone in the past years. If you go to any other city in the country, you will hear the critics not being as tough on the coaches or administrators. They'll give out their own opinion on how they can improve the team and criticize, but by Tuesday or Wednesday of the week they are cheering for their team. Where in Washington is until the next game. The culture in DC is very clear. All politics mentallity. And with that same mentallity they approach their home teams (wizards, caps, nationals, redskins). If you travel to other cities and live for some time in them, you will be able to tell.
That's why Russ is the best candidate. He knows Washington. He knows the culture. He is used to the politics and the high criticism expectancy from the town.
I vote Russ Grimm...
and hail to the Redskins :o)

Posted by: RedsAnalyst | January 5, 2010 12:08 PM

Does it really matter who gets the job!?! This time next year we'll be disappointed once again, asking ourselves what went wrong. Same crap every year, with the same crappy results...

Posted by: isonic1 | January 5, 2010 12:13 PM

"I vote Russ Grimm..."

There's not one thing in your post that says he can coach.

Based on your conclusions, I would be just as good of a candidate for HC of the Skins.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 5, 2010 12:19 PM

Shanahan will be the next figure head. Danny Boy will continue to operate as Owner, GM, and Coach, of his Washington Redskins Fantasy football team. Prepare for more of the same. GO CAPS!!!!

Posted by: 50Eagle | January 5, 2010 12:23 PM

PAY COWHER. THE PLAYERS WILL HAVE TO RESPECT HIM>

Posted by: frankjomama | January 5, 2010 12:25 PM

Shanny, Allen and Snyder don't think is a good match but maybe if he could bring Elway with him it might work. Come on the Gibbs mid life crisis didn't work and Shanahan II is a long way removed from the Super Bowl. Get 3 good Assistant Head coaches (offense, defense and special teams) and The Danny could wear a headset and stand on the sideline as Head Coach just like his dreams. You win with good talented people that want to win at all costs not ones who subliminally cry "show me the money."

Posted by: kermiepop | January 5, 2010 12:37 PM

REDSANALYST thinks DC is the sports journalism capital but he doesn't know squat about New York sports journalism. Largest population center, 9 pro teams, some of the major prima donas in sports and many more factors add up to the New York market being far and away tougher on sports teams and players than DC. Face it, other than the Redskins the rest of the country would fail a "Name the 4 professional teams in Washington, DC."

Posted by: crrpeake | January 5, 2010 12:43 PM

Could we please give Dan Snyder the benefit of the doubt and hope that he has learned from his past mistakes? Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan are great hires and if he leaves them alone and lets them do their jobs, the Redskins will once again be championship contenders in the near future. Maybe not in 2010, because we have a lot of rebuilding to do, but soon. IF WE CAN ALL BE A LITTLE PATIENT!!

Posted by: paulstutz14 | January 5, 2010 12:50 PM

PAULSTUTZ14,

Have you been alive the last 10 years? Dan Synder hasn't learned his lesson on all the past mistakes, what makes you think he has now!?! It's like going back to a old girlfriend/boyfriend, you expect things to change, but they never do...

Posted by: isonic1 | January 5, 2010 1:08 PM

looks like another flash in the pan signing..i hope im wrong

Posted by: pathmo | January 5, 2010 1:09 PM

Shanny did NOTHING without Elway - bring on Russ Grimm.

Posted by: Bra8en | January 5, 2010 1:15 PM

You need an Ego to get these guys going. I don't think you want this crazy looking cockeyed dude in your face creating a new piehole...So Yes this guy is the right guy with the right energy to get the skins moving in the right direction to WIN!

The 2nd coming of Gibbs was good but he had nothing left in his tank!

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | January 5, 2010 2:49 PM

Shanahan is better than Zorn. This is a step in the right direction. The real question is whether or not Snyder will have the patience to stick with Shanahan after a tough season or two. If not, it won't matter who they get. They might as well hire Zorn back again.

Posted by: bugeye1 | January 5, 2010 3:07 PM

The guy has ONE playoff win in 10 years!!! What makes him the savior coach???

Denver didn't get rid of him for no reason.

This is another coaching failure waiting to happen!!

Posted by: bjones731 | January 5, 2010 3:40 PM

Only the GENIUS knows. He will conquer the post season again and await the coming season of football, when all will be revealed. Oh the GENIUS and his wily ways.

Posted by: atidwell | January 5, 2010 3:53 PM

Ok first of all while Grimm maybe the fan fav he has ZERO exper as a head coach and haven't we had enough of that dance around here.
Second everyone wants to harp on the fact that Shanny only won with Elway, that mayb e true but I sure didn't see Reeves winning the big one with Elway so maybe just maybe it was the combo of Shanny coaching and having a top QB to work with.
After that he had among them Jay Cutler to work with....I mean really ?
Shanny plus a franchise QB could be just what the doctor ordered for this team.

Posted by: jotay131 | January 5, 2010 3:58 PM

No one who runs the Prissy Little West Coast Offense is the right choice for any team that plays games in Philly, Washington and New Jersey in November and December. Nor is such a coach the right choice for any team quarterbacked by Jason Campbell.

Posted by: dolph924 | January 5, 2010 6:04 PM

DOLPH924 -

"No one who runs the Prissy Little West Coast Offense is the right choice for any team that plays games in Philly, Washington and New Jersey in November and December."

really??? huh, yeah i guess the "prissy little west coast offense" hasn't worked out for the Eagles at all. (8 playoff appearances in the last 10 years). and I am pretty sure they play in philly in Nov/Dec. c'mon man.

those of you who are wanting/waiting for us to get back to the "3 yards and a cloud of dust" offense from back in the day thinking that's the only way to win in the NFC East are living in the past. that hasn't worked since the Cards were a division opponent.

and as for "such a coach" not being the right choice for J.C.? umm, WHO CARES? I love J.C. and think he can be a capable NFL QB he is not someone you plan your coaching staff around - or your team....

Posted by: winredskins | January 5, 2010 6:30 PM

As regards JOTAY131's comment that Russ Grimm has no head coaching experience - neither did Joe Gibbs when the Old Squire hired him in 1981.

Snyder still exhibits the maddening tendency to hire marquee coaches and players. The odd exception was Zorn two years ago, who was originally hired to be offensive coordinator before he was elevated to head coach. Even odder, Danny and Vinnie decided to hire all the assistants before they had the head coach in the bag - how backwards can you get?

REDSANALYST has nailed it. Grimm understands the DC football sports culture and importantly, wouldn't for one second coddle Danny's "special" players (think Clinton Portis, who has become a toxic influence). That's probably why Danny would never hire Grimm.

I expect more of the same, unfortunately.

Posted by: MillPond2 | January 5, 2010 7:17 PM

Mike Shanahan did a year at Folsom Prison,I mean the Oakland Raiders as Head coach with Al Davis. I think he knows better than anybody what he is in for.

Posted by: AVirginiaPlanter | January 5, 2010 7:43 PM

I'd love to see Bill Cowher get the job, because he's the kind of hardnosed, old school, No-Lollygagging coach the players need. Sadly, it's never going to happen. Why? Because Cowher would never stand for Danny Snyder's megalomaniacal personality, and Snyder would never let Cowher do the job he was hired to do. Instead, we have to settle for someone in the second tier. And that's the way it will always be, until Danny boy sells the team.

Posted by: niceFLguy | January 5, 2010 8:32 PM

I gota ask : how many of you guys lobbying for Grimm also griped that Zorn had never been a coordinator ? .. You know Grimm hasn't either, right ? ... How many of you complained about Snyder's apparent attachment to names from the past (Allen)? .. But now you want Grimm ? .... Listen, we've all been traumatized by Snyder's lost decade so distrusting him & everything he does is natural ... BUT he's now given us the 2nd-greatest gift possible ,he dumped Ceratto !! (the greatest gift of course would be selling the team, but we all know that aint gonna happen, c'mon) .. I'm not sure we can overstate just how HUGE it is that Vinny is gone, he was Snyder's enabler (which is the only thing that can explain why he lasted as long as he did), and Danny giving up his enabler just might signify a titanic shift here - namely, that he's now ready to hand the football reins to real football people ..... Does anybody seriously think we wouldn't be 10x better off with Allen / Shanny running the football show than Ceratto / Snyder ?! fugetaboutit .... And I don't know about Allen, but Shanny has absolutely zero reason to lower himself to being Snyder or anyone else's lap-dog (he's still collecting millions in pay from Denver for chrisake) , so if he signs on it will be pretty obvious that he's da-man .... I'm just say'in

Posted by: RoidRage | January 5, 2010 9:44 PM

What I like:
- 2 losing seasons in 13 years with Denver
- OC experience with 49ers
- Hall of Fame coach who has been out of the biz only 1 year, unlike you-know-who 2.0
- Will rip slackers like Haynesworth and Poris new ones

I think the rumored player personnel executive is key, to really take the scouting reins away from Shanahan and Allen.

No more staying medium, folks.

Posted by: minorthread | January 5, 2010 10:36 PM

YESTERDAY/MEMORIES are songs and in the sports world they represent a sentimental loser looking in the PAST. Grimm must not be a HEAD COACH for a reason because he has dammm near interviewed for every opening over the years....and has 0-ferred on all of them....

Posted by: FletcherChristian1 | January 6, 2010 12:41 AM

Did someone say "no more staying medium"??? They have the 4th pick in the draft, this isn't medium.

Posted by: josettes | January 6, 2010 2:09 AM

If not Cowher, Dungy would been my choice.

Posted by: BMoreChil | January 6, 2010 6:52 AM

Is he the right coach for the Redskins?
Time will tell, but let's get down to the basics here-$7 Million a year-and HIS SON IS GOING TO CALL THE OFFENSE-THIS CAN'T BE TRUE-FOR ANYBODY TO "SLIP-IN" THEIR SONS FOR THE MOST CRITICAL ELEMENT OF A TEAM-THAT BEING THE OFFENSE-AND SNYDER TO BUY THAT-ALREADY OFF ON THE WRONG FOOT WHILE THE INK ON THE CONTRACT IS STILL WET.
THIS IS WITHOUT A DOUBT ABSURD-SNYDER IS PAYING THE HIGHEST PRICE EVER FOR A COACH, AND HE IS GETTING THE COACHES SON TO CALL THE SHOTS ON OFFENSE-SNYDER AND THE SKINS WILL ONCE AGAIN BE THROWN INTO CONTROVERSY FROM DAY ONE-ALREADY JUST ASK ANY PLAYER, AND IF THE ARE TELLING THE TRUTH-WHERE IN THE HELL HAVE WE IMPROVED THIS SAD SITUATION AT ALL?
WE HAVEN'T-SNYDER HAS TO BE THE DUMBEST OWNER WHICH HE NOW HOLDS THAT TITLE, AND SHANAHAN HAS TO BE "SLICK WILLY" FOR GETTING SNYDER TO ACCEPT A NON-PROFESSIONAL UNPROVEN COACH TO CALL THE OFFENSE-LOOK FOR MORE OF THE SAME FANS-SAD TO SAY-ONLY COSTING $7,000,000. A YR AND WE GET SOME KID-HEAVEN FORBID.

Posted by: WishfulThinking2 | January 6, 2010 8:17 AM

Please, Shanahan did nothing WITH John Elway until the last two years of Elway's career - at which point Elway may have wondered why he was in Denver while the Colts were emerging as a real football team.

Joe Gibbs didn't have an owner or a GM worthy of his abilities in the 2.0 days. Nor did he have any say on talent.

Danny must go is a fact. Danny's not going anywhere - also a fact.

O, it isn't the politics in this town. It's ownwership which consistently makes bad choices and expects us to come out to see a loser all the while whining when we don't.

Posted by: therev1 | January 6, 2010 8:53 AM

Russ Grim? we don't know if he could win at the high school level. No other owner has ever been interested. Hell, why not Joe Jacoby? Or Joe Theisman? Shanahan is a good hire. And this Elway stuff is all BS. He lost and lost big games without Shanahan. Shanahan put the team together around him. And where are people's memories. Denver was carried to its first Super Bowl on the legs of Terrell Davis. He brought them thru the playoffs and won the Super Bowl. DAVIS did. (Shanahan's system !!!). elway didn't do Jack in that first win. The next year, yes, he did more and contributed more to the win. With Shanhan's players and system around him. He was a deer in the headlights against the Gints and Skins in super bowls. Doesn't anyone remember the joke that Jim Kelly and John Elway were both called Kelway because they couldn't finish? SHANAHAN changed that. Go Skins!!!

Posted by: NYskinsfan2 | January 6, 2010 9:19 AM

As a Cowboys fan, I am concerned because I think Shanahan will make the Redskins winners as early as next year. You definitely got the right coach, and combined with Allen as GM, Dan Snyder can't even screw this up.

Posted by: CowpokeFan | January 6, 2010 9:42 AM

Look all, the Weasel Snyder is at it again. Giving things the appearance of professionalism but in reality it'll be the same old nonsense. He's only after our money and could care less about bringing respect and dignity back to our Redskins. The worst thing to ever happen to the team was the day a fringe fan became owner.The second was when we lost ST. Sure it's alright to be optimistic but face facts. 10 years or more of utter misery and despair.

Posted by: kublacon20716 | January 6, 2010 12:16 PM

Perfect senario: Danny boy sells team cheap to Cooke (who should have owned it all allong), and hire Russ Grimm as HC. Respect and loyality would be automatic and immediate.

Given what we got instead (Snyder & Shanahan), We will have to start making the playoffs (or better) before fans start approving the decision.

Posted by: jjjjjjjj1 | January 6, 2010 2:28 PM

Enough with the Russ Grimm cheerleading. Just because Grimm's a former Skin doesn't mean he'd be any better as a coach than he was, which was pretty bad. And just because Shanahan wasn't a former Skin doesn't mean he'll want to win any less.

This is the best available guy. Snyder made the right choice for a change. Now, let us pray...

Posted by: RIP-21 | January 6, 2010 3:34 PM

Is Wishfulthinking2 retarded, Kyle Shanahan is a successful coordinator in the NFL. His offenses in Houston finished 3rd in 2008 and 4th in 2009. Check your facts before opening your mouth.

Posted by: morrownd1 | January 6, 2010 7:23 PM

I think we got Zorn (the surprise hire) in '08 because Snyder knew he couldn't get the likes of a Shanahan or Cowher at that juncture. He wasn't going to land a big name just yet, so he was just biding his time. Zorn was really just an "interim" coach all along, until Snyder could get a proven marquis name. And as an interim coach, Zorn was granted zero authority. Remember, Snyder and Cerrato even assembled some of Zorn's assistant coaching staff.

Which actually makes me somewhat hopeful that Snyder will actually grant real decision-making authority to the marquis-name coach and proven GM. Remember, he granted authority to Gibbs, as well. And while many describe Gibbs 2.0 as a failure, I don't. You can't look at overall record alone. In both of their playoff runs with Gibbs II, the Skins were a nasty, gritty, competitive team. As a fan, I couldn't feel cheated by either of those seasons.

Let the angry mob now flame me for that slightly optimistic post. :-)

Posted by: jr_cville | January 6, 2010 9:28 PM

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