Although Mike Shanahan probably wishes the Redskins owned a pick in Thursday night's first round, he’s also able to rest easy that he’s already “solved” the issue that keeps so many head coaches awake at night.
“Any time you have your quarterback position solved,” Shanahan said Wednesday, “you feel much more comfortable as a coach, I can tell you that for sure.”
Getting “comfortable” came at a high price, of course. The Redskins dealt their first round pick in this year’s and next year’s draft for the right to select Robert Griffin III in 2012.
Shanahan also faced blistering criticism for picking Kirk Cousins 100 spots after Griffin. The move, however, has proved to one of the shrewdest decisions made a year ago as Cousins, already 1-0 as a starter, steps in this offseason for Griffin, who is recovering from knee surgery.
Asked how having a pair of young, capable quarterbacks relieves some of the pressure on a head coach entering draft weekend, Shanahan instead used the opportunity to gush about Griffin and Cousins becoming the primary catalysts for changing the culture at Redskins Park.
“Any time you have depth at that position, guys that have gone out and, you’ve seen what they’ve done, they’re your hardest workers, guys that set the bar for your football team,” Shanahan continued. “And that’s what we have four our football team right now: guys that set the bar at the quarterback position. And, if you have that, that’s a great start.”