Shanahan talks rebuilding ... sort of

Shanahan talks rebuilding ... sort of
November 7, 2011, 10:22 pm
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Before Kyle Shanahan left the Houston Texans staff to become offensive coordinator of the Redskins after the 2009 season, his father laid out the challenges that awaited him in Washington.

I said, This is going to be a work in progress,'" Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said in his news conference Monday, "'its not going to happen overnight, youre with an established team, youve got your ducks in order. Were going to have to rebuild this football team starting on offense.

And by mentioning the "R" word rebuilding Shanahan contradicted himself from just minutes earlier.

Citing the number of young players taking on major roles during the team's four-game losing streak, Shanahan was asked if the Redskins had entered into rebuilding mode.

The reason young guys are getting opportunities is the old guys have gotten hurt, he said. You dont have the option to put a veteran player in there.

Im not even sure what you mean by rebuilding.

But when he talked about his son, Shanahan showed he clearly knows what rebuilding entails.

Rebuilding is having 37 players on the active rosterinjured reserve last week who werent with the team pre-Shanahan.

Rebuilding is having nine offensive starters against San Francisco who werent here before the Shanahans arrived.

And rebuilding is having 15 first- or second-year players on the roster.

What do you consider rebuilding? Mike Shanahan said. Playing with a young player? Is that what you call rebuilding? Usually you have some young players. Thats the NFL today with the salary cap.

If thats what you call rebuilding, then were rebuilding.

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