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Shanahan on Lynch: “You just can’t tackle him.”

Post by Eric Williams on Jan. 2, 2013 at 12:07 pm with 29 Comments »
January 2, 2013 12:07 pm
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan looks on during the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Washington head coach Mike Shanahan watches film on his next opponent and imagines what could have been.

Don’t get Shanahan wrong, he’s pleased with the performance of rookie running back Alfred Morris, who finished the season second in the league in rushing with 1,613 yards.

Still, he wouldn’t mind having the league’s No. 3 rusher, Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch (1,590 yards), among his stable of running backs as well.

“He’s always been one of my favorite players because you just can’t tackle him,” Shanahan said. “He’s everything you look for in a running back. I’ve watched film over a number of years, and you’re mad that he’s not on your football team because he can do things most people can’t do. So I’ve always been a big fan of his.”

Shanahan said he and son Kyle Shanahan, Washington’s offensive coordinator, decided to add the zone read option once they traded up in the draft to select Robert Griffin III with the No. 2 overall pick in the draft and saw what he can do at Baylor.

Adding the read option was a natural progression for Washington’s offense, because the Redskins already were running zone blocking principles in terms of the run game.

“Once we drafted Robert, you cold see what he could do in college running the zone read,” Shanahan said. “And we talked about it at the time that we felt that he had the other thing that you look for in a quarterback. He had the arm strength. He had all the intangibles. He could make any throw.”

The Redskins then selected Michigan State product Kirk Cousins in the fourth round, but also had Russell Wilson in their sights if he was still available. The Seahawks selected Wilson in the third round with the team’s No. 75 overall pick.

“I really liked Wilson,” Shanahan said. “I not only thought he was a great football player, but he had the intangibles that you look for in a quarterback. Just a class act, can make plays with his legs as well as his arm. I just liked the way he handled himself, and the way he played.”

Middle linebacker London Fletcher, 37 years young, remains the leader of Washington’s defense. Fletcher leads the team in tackles with 136, and also has three sacks, a forced fumble and five interceptions.

Fletcher has played in 241 consecutive games over his 15-year career.

“The guy is a true pro, relative to his preparation and what he does during the offseason,” Shanahan said. “What type of shape he’s in and how hard he studies – he gets ready for every game like it’s the Super Bowl, that’s as much preparation time he spends watching film and taking care of himself. And that’s why he’s lasts as long as he has.”

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  1. NYHawkFan says:

    Redskins are about to experience “Beast Mode”! I look forward to seeing how two great backs and two great quarterbacks match up against one another this Sunday. Defense is another story. We have a much better secondary.

    Key to our winning will be our OL giving Wilson enough time to throw the ball. If we can’t protect the passer, it will be a much closer game IMO.

  2. MattandCindy says:

    I think Mike Shanahan won’t be much of a fan of Marshawn Lynch once Lynch runs all over him like a pimp collecting money from an overdue prostitute. I don’t see our offense having any problems with the Washington Redskins secondary or front 7, and our D line just has to worry about RG 3 and his read option to Morris. I’m ready for statement game.

  3. MattandCindy says:

    And ur absolutely right as well NYHawkfan. We definitely need to give Russell Wilson time to throw the ball against an extremely poor secondary. On the other hand, we can’t give RG3 anytime at all. We need the pass rush, and we need it this week.

  4. NYHawkFan says:

    MattandCindy – When will we hear from Cindy? Can’t wait to hear her analogies! lol

  5. Typical presser – Yeah we are good we are in the play-offs but our opponents are like all world – It will be a tough game, blah, blah, blah!!!!

  6. HawkFromDay1 says:

    I think all the DE’s in this game will be dizzy by the end with so much read option.

    After watching a couple Redskins games, I was amazed at that offense. It’s not very consistent yet, but if they get that thing working it’ll be utterly indefensible. The 2-back pistol is a ridiculous formation that you could do absolutely anything out of. Bobby will be the spy, and the middle of the field could be wide open. We’ll need to really confuse RGIII with the coverages, especially in the middle of the field.

    The pass rush MUST get home this week.

  7. nmseafan says:

    Whatever wrinkles they have scheme wise for the front 4 as far as the pass rush, they could use some help, maybe bitzing ET on first and second down. I think he can play much shallower on those downs and has the speed (over Kam) to give the look of dropping back but then timing his blitz to hit the line of scrimmage at the snap. I recall them doing this near the end of the Rams game and it looked pretty effective.That could help shut Morris down and be in RG3 face forcing the need for extra pocket protection. Obviously always a loss in field coverage against the pass however.

  8. can’t overstate how great Marshawn has been for us since that one-sided trade. He hasn’t always had the greatest line to run behind, and has been a fantastic back for us, last year maybe even more so than this year, because he always seemed to be dodging tacklers in his own backfield last season.

    Still sets the tone for the physicality of our offense.

  9. nmseafan says:

    I think we actually need to force RG3 to have to scramble around to wear him down as he has the bum knee and it will surely effect him physically as well as psychologically more as the game wears on if we have a good rush.

  10. HeatherHawk says:

    Surely there is a better analogy out there regarding smashing someone at high speed other than one involving violence to objectified and enslaved women…

  11. HeatherHawk says:

    Runs all over him like a stampede of 5 year olds at ChuckECheese?

  12. HeatherHawk says:

    Hmm, not quite as powerful…

  13. HeatherHawk says:

    Runs all over him like a redneck at a Walmart Black Friday sale?

  14. HeatherHawk says:

    I’m reaching.

  15. He’ll run through them like Grant went through Richmond.

    Civil War reference, anyone? Anyone?


  16. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    I think people are a little over confident. True, I think we’ll win this game, but it won’t be an easy win. And although we contained Carolina’s, and the Forty-whiners, zone read plays, Washington is a different animal. I think they run the zone read better than any team we’ve faced so far. If RGIII wasn’t a bit gimpy I’d really, really, worried about this game. Instead, I’m just worried.

    I don’t think Hill is fast enough to contain RGIII should RGIII run his way. And although I like Wagner and Wright, their relative inexperience concerns me. If they aren’t disciplined with their reads and containment this game will get away from us.

    It will be a fun game to watch; but during it, I’m certain they’ll be times when we’ll have doubts and curse the screen.

  17. SandpointHawk says:

    I’ll buy it @pfah if you make it Sherman not Grant

  18. Oooh, history references and North/South arguments on SeahawksInsider?! Heck in a handbasket, surely!

    Actually, as a nerd, I find it rather cool.

    Our line will actually block this week, so Lynch will run THROUGH the line like a hot knife through butter, then OVER the LB’s and secondary like a bull in a mannequin shoppe….

    Like a starving SUmo wrestler galloping through a mall cafeteria to get to the Sbarro Steak Stand…

  19. raymaines says:

    Like standing between a Pitbull and a pork chop?

    SaigonSun: … He is a draft day success because he knew (recruited for USC) the players coming out to NFL. This is pretty much the last year the kids he knew are going pro. We’ll see how he does from now on.

    Well, yes we will. You might be right about PC, but I’d bet against you. I think you under estimate PC, and I know you aren’t giving JS enough credit.

  20. TomlPDX says:

    Agree with Ray, PC isn’t the only talent appraiser on our team. JS is no slouch and neither is his staff. They’re batting over .500 right now as far as I’m concerned and that’s pretty darned good.

    don’t forget the guys are practicing against our zone read offense this week and have been for a long time.

    I’m more worried more about Morris breaking several big runs than RGIII running the option

  21. EastCoastFan51 says:

    agree we need to.stop.morris first then it makes them one dimensionable with RG3 a bit gimpy…..lets remember our defense is younger and much faster than dallas….the skins have not played a defense like ours during their winning streak and I believe the only playoff team they played was the ravens who are in a major slump. if the defense shows up our offense should be able to pull away in the second half….Go Hawks!!!! What uniforms are we wearing?

  22. pope411 says:

    Like standing between a stripper and Pacman Jones?

  23. gonefishin69690 says:

    We’ll slap ‘em around like a 5 year old in K-mart!

  24. Skavage says:

    I’m probably begining to sound like a broken record but the fact this game is on real grass is going to make it very, very tough to win. We’re built on speed and size and grass can be such an equalizer to speed teams. Now add in the fact we’re on the road, east coast, talented young QB and RB, and a veteran led defense…wow, not sure it could get any tougher to open the playoffs.

    We need to slow down their running game, put them in 3rd and 6+ on a regular basis, get on the plus side in the turnover ratio, and play some really special Special Teams.

  25. The Redskins are an overachieving bunch. They were an overachieving bunch in ’05 and ’07 too — and ran into a team with more talent. The same will happen on Sunday.

  26. bbnate420 says:

    Enslaved? Unless you’re talking about human trafficking, which isn’t prevalent in the US, then they aren’t enslaved. Enslavement would be an argument for legalizing and regulating it anyhow.

  27. HeatherHawk says:

    Ah, so you’re saying prostitutes love what they do and it’s every little girl’s dream to grow up and sell her body for money… Common, women forced into this “profession” in the US is waaay higher than you are giving it credit for.

    Not trying to be overly politically correct, I just don’t think analogies about beating women (enslaved or not) are all that funny. Now there are some other options provided here.

    Back on topic. I think Marshawn’s running style will do well on grass. Lets hope our high-center-of-gravity backfield can get some practice with mucky surfaces. Go Hawks

  28. bbnate420 says:

    I’m not sure the analogy was about beating women. He said run all over them. I personally don’t think the analogy made any sense really. I’m not sure you should take an analogy as a literal justification of the act used in the analogy. That’s why it’s an analogy.

    And I never said that they love what they do and it’s every little girl’s dream. That’s called a straw man argument. People use them when they can’t actually argue the merits of what the other person said. You act as though all prostitutes are part of some monolithic consciousness that all feel the same way about it. That’s not the case. Regardless, I never even made the claim that even ONE prostitute liked/loved her job. I’ve had a few jobs that I didn’t like/hated, but it didn’t make me a slave. I responded to the word you used. Enslaved has a meaning. BTW, he didn’t even say women. He mentioned a pimp and a prostitute. Not all prostitutes are women. That was just your assumption.

    Anyways, if you believe that pimps force/enslave prostitutes into prostitution then you should be in favor of legalizing and regulating it. That was my other point. Pimps are around because it is an illegal/black market. There aren’t pimps in the legal brothels of Nevada or in Amsterdam.

  29. sluggo42 says:

    Uuuuhhh, ok then. Maybe a buzzard on road kill or something nice then? Sheesh…

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