Originally posted on This Given Sunday  |  Last updated 2/9/12
Washington-redskins-coach

Using "Being John Malkovich" technology, ThisGivenSunday leads you inside the mind of Washington Redskins coach/de-facto GM Mike Shanahan, as he considers making a transformative trade offer to the St Louis Rams, and drafting Roger Griffin III.This is the second of a three-part series.

As I, Mike Shanahan, stare into the mirror, I say to myself, how did it come to this?

I told my friends that I would have a free hand for three years to run the Redskins before the owner stepped in to "help." My two-season record is 11-21, one game worse than Jim Zorn's. What really hurts is that Zorn did not have the benefit of two seasons of fourth-place opponents like I did.  My five-win season is no better than Steve Spurrier's last year in Washington...eight years ago.

If only I had not listened to outgoing GM, the reviled Vinny Cerrato, about the talent level on the 2010 roster. "The team is only one quarterback away from contention. Albert Haynesworth is a beast." What a pile of crap. If Cerrato were still on the staff, I'd fire him, but it's my own fault for stepping in it. Now the team is saddled with an offense that cannot score and a quarterback that cannot be sold to Redskins fans. 

As if that weren't enough, both the Rams and the Browns are on my 2012 schedule. Both teams are my trade targets. They will think about the schedule in in any conversation we have. Jeff Fisher and Mike Holmgren are friends and colleagues in the fraternity of coaches. We can talk and maybe make a deal.

Fortunately, GM Bruce Allen used two cap-free seasons to fix the contract structure. The Redskins are not in cap hell and, for once, we have all our Draft picks and the extra fourth-round pick acquired in the Jason Campbell trade.  

My first task is to get a reading on Cleveland's aggression in the Draft. Will they sit tight at the fourth pick? Will they move up for a shot at Robert Griffin III? Will Holmgren go for QB value in a later round? 

You just don't ask direct questions of a competing team. This requires subtlety. So, here's the line of conversation with Holmgren: Mike, why are you guys thinking of RG3? You are playing with house money with those extra picks Atlanta sent for the rights to Julio Jones. Why not go direct to the Colts and offer them in exchange for the top pick and Andrew Luck?

I really don't want that to happen. There is nothing to stop Indy from taking Cleveland's picks AND drafting Griffin. Then I will have lost my shot at RG3 and my fans will be even more dissatisfied when they see Luck and Cam Newton on the other sideline and [tbd] on ours.  I just want to smoke out Holmgren's thinking.

Holmgren is cagey. He can misdirect like the best of them (me). However, if I get the sense that a light bulb goes off, I will know whether to target the Rams or the Colts for my trade discussion.

*Dialing*

Hello, Mike, It's me, Shanny.... 

(To be continued....)

This article first appeared on This Given Sunday and was syndicated with permission.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Felix Hernandez, Mitch Haniger expected to miss 3-4 weeks for Mariners

CFL fines head coach for meeting with Johnny Manziel rep

Reuben Foster hung up on Saints when 49ers called him

Packers ‘taking calls’ for No. 33 pick in draft

Bears confirm that Mike Glennon is their starter for the 2017 season

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Jets making calls trying to trade Sheldon Richardson

Broncos players take to Twitter to call for team to sign Gary Barnidge

Report: Paul likely to re-sign with Clippers; Griffin more uncertain

Report: Larry Bird quitting as Pacers president

Rivers on if Chargers had picked QB: ‘It wouldn’t have been great’

Browns reportedly were shut down on Jimmy Garoppolo trade attempt again

The 'Beast Mode as a parting gift' quiz

Best of Yardbarker: Don't sleep on the Stanley Cup Playoffs

Our favorite undrafted players of all time

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

Kicking it: Orlando surges while the Galaxy struggles

Three Up, Three Down: Madison Bumgarner gets grounded

Box Score 4/28: NFL Draft gets younger every year

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The 'NFL Draft Day is finally upon us' quiz

Most memorable 'NFL Draft weekend drama' stories

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Eastern rivalries take center stage

Marshawn Lynch gives an already-spurned city hometown appeal

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of Yardbarker: Don't sleep on the Stanley Cup Playoffs

The 'Beast Mode as a parting gift' quiz

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

Our favorite undrafted players of all time

Kicking it: Orlando surges while the Galaxy struggles

Three Up, Three Down: Madison Bumgarner gets grounded

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The 'NFL Draft Day is finally upon us' quiz

Most memorable 'NFL Draft weekend drama' stories

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Eastern rivalries take center stage

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker