"He won big with John Elway, but that was a long time ago. MikeShanahan must win with Robert Griffin III or else."That take on the Redskins coach comes from The Sporting News which onits 1-32list of 2012 NFL head coaches ranks Shanahan right in the middle, number16.Is that assessment fair? I'd so say, in both a historic and current context. The ranking? Let's see...First, the parameters."These rankings consider what a coach has accomplished. But they alsoconsider where each coach stands now and who you would want on the sidelineif you had to win one game"Mike Shanahan has two Super Bowl wins on his coaching resume. Those are somesweet accomplishments. That alone warrants a spot above his untested andunproven peers, not to mention the overall breadth of his long career.The fact that the anniversary of his last championship just celebrated a BarMitzvah and his last appearance in a conference title game was in 2005 warrantshim being outside the category with today's elite names.That group includes Tom Coughlin, Bill Belichick, Mike McCarthy and MikeTomlin, the top four on the TSN list and the only active coaches to have won aSuper Bowl since Shanahan's last triumph (The Lombardi Trophy hoisting Sean Payton is not whatwe would call active right now and he was not among the 32 coaches ranked).Five others placed ahead of Shanahan - including Andy Reid, Lovie Smith andKen Whisenhunt - have taken their team to at least one Super Bowl since 1999.Three more - Rex Ryan and the Harbaugh brothers - coached in a conferencechampionship game within the last two seasons.The other and less credentialed (in a big picture sense) names ahead ofShanahan include Marvin Lewis (11), Gary Kubiak (12) and Mike Smith (15). All three currently direct teams that in theory should finish ahead of theRedskins this season. All three combined also sport a 1-7 playoff record. Lewishas never finished with consecutive winning seasons during his nine seasonswith the Bengals while Kubiak likely needed last season's playoff appearance tokeep his job with the Texans.Unless the here and now fortunes of their respective teams are the decidingfactor, I could understand why anyone might quibble with Shanahan being belowthose two. Same goes for Whisenhunt (14) though personally I'm a believer ofthe hardnosed coach and former Steelers assistant.Of the 16 coaches ranked behind Shanahan, four are first-timers whileMike Mularkey (Jaguars) and Joe Vitt (Saints) are on their second tour butare taking over new gigs. Notable names in the bottom half of the list include JimSchwartz (Lions, 17), former Redskins coach Norv Turner (Chargers, 20), PeteCarroll (Seahawks, 22) and Cowboys coach Jason Garrett (23).Obviously such lists are designed to create discussion though are hardlydefinitive. Still, with his legacy is at a crossroads, ranking Shanahan smackin the middle of his current coaching peers seems rather appropriate. What sayyou?
NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith made a visit to Redskins Park today, and the team elected their union representatives.
Kedric Golston will serve another year as the team's liason to the union. Three alternates were elected as well: Kirk Cousins (an alternate last season), Will Compton and, surprisingly, Josh Norman.
Norman was critical of Smith and the union in an ESPN piece in August. "[The NFL] is a dictatorship, and [NFLPA director] DeMaurice [Smith] is in cahoots with those guys," he claimed.
The cornerback's election today marks what would appear to be a turn of events.
"We always love to have veteran leadership as player representatives, and this team is no different with Kirk and Kedric returning," Smith told CSN Mid-Atlantic. "As for Josh, we love players who are both smart and passionate, and he, as well as the other players, fit that bill."
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Nearly a week after the Redskins win over the Giants, news broke that Washington CB Josh Norman has been fined for roughness in the New York victory.
UPDATE: Per ProFootballTalk, the fine was for a fourth quarter hit on Sterling Shepard and being a repeat offender.
For much of the Redskins-Giants game, Norman covered Odell Beckham almost exclusively. Not many moments stand out for being particularly physical save for a play early in the game when Beckham jumped in the end zone. The motion took him above Norman, but rather than letting Beckham come down to the ground, the corner grabbed and carried the receiver for a few yards.
Norman was flagged for roughness on a hit against Giants receiver Sterling Shepard. It's likely that hit triggered the fine. It's also worth pointing out that referees gave Norman a specific warning before the game about rough play, so it's possible being flagged for roughness despite the warning made an impact in the league offices as well.
There is one other physical moment that stands out from the Giants/Redskins matchup - when Beckham violently swung his helmet at the Giants' kicking net. Beckham got the worst of the altercation though as the net flew back at him and socked him in the face.
Expect many questions about the fine to come.