Word on the Street: Shanahan miscalculates

Word on the Street: Shanahan miscalculates
October 26, 2011, 1:14 pm

By Benjamin Standig
CSNwashington.comRedskins RoundupInstead of laying down the daily links, here are some excerpts from columns that capture what's going on in this town, starting with Mike Shanahan's miscalculation..."What Mike Shanahan never seemed to grasp or maybe didnt care to see was how deep the franchises decay had become, how much work it would take to rebuild a disaster in 24 months and how much hed have to be right when picking his next quarterback."Once he decided Jason Campbell wasnt the team leader, he had two choices: draft or trade for the teams quarterback of the future, or jump the development process with someone experienced hoping to make the Redskins competitive sooner. In the end, he bet heavy on crumbling and stubborn Donovan McNabb and never found that quarterback to grow. Now, 22 games into his time as the ruler of the Redskins, he is left with the legacy of a failed McNabb experiment and two journeymen who cant seem to hold onto the job no matter how many chances they get." - Les Carpenter, Yahoo Sports"A town thats gone 20 years without a major championship. A hockey team that hasnt lifted the Stanley Cup since pre-Gretzky times. A terrible basketball team that those in charge insist is on the way up. A baseball team that cant find upward mobility in a tough division.Yes, when Washington sends its Redskins north this weekend, it will be sending them to a city familiar with the same kind of pro sports misery." - Damien Cox, sports columnist for The (Toronto) Star)Yeah, not sure I have anything more to add, certainly little defense of the local sports landscape. Click here for the rest of the columnAs a certain "Word on the Street" writer has been saying for weeks, too much was read into the Redskins 3-1 start (Snyder - Washington Times)Will the Redskins bypass the all-Torain vehicle for the shiftier, newer Helu model? (Tandler - CSNwashington) A sobering look going forward (Hogs Haven)Breakfast BuffetUndefeated, whatever. Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau is staying on his players (Gormley - CSNwashington)Randy Edsall has not decided on his starting quarterback this week.The Maryland coach has not determined whether he will even limit himself to going with just one (CSNwashington)Trying to define the D.C. sports fan (Wise - Washington Post)Tony LaRussa mans up for Game 5 bullpen confusion - a day later (Washington Post)Reports suggest West Virginia is on the verge of checking out of the Big East (Associated Press)Paul Hewitt's got some nice bonus money coming his way if George Mason racks wins and advances into the NCAA Tournament (Washington Times)