Washington Redskins head coach, Mike Shanahan spoke Wednesday evening, on the eve of 2012 NFL Draft at Redskins park. Right off the top, Mike Shanahan was gracious enough to enlighten us on who the team will choose with the #2 overall pick – well kind of… “It’s a 99.99% chance we take Robert.” “Nothing in life is ever 100% certain,” Shanahan said. Of course, Indy has already announced they’ll pick Andrew Luck with the #1 overall pick. So, unless something catastrophic happens within the next day, expect Robert Griffin III‘s name to be called when Washington gets on-the-clock.
I live tweeted quotes during the presser, so here’s a few of tidbits:
Shanahan sung high praises to the oft-injured right tackle, Jammal Brown. Shanahan said Jammal’s rehab is going great, and he fully expects him to be healthy for the upcoming season. Shanahan believes this is the best Jammal has felt and looked since trading for him in 2010.
Mike Shanahan said he wants Tim Hightower back. He’s spoken with his doctor, and the rehab process is going great. Shanahan expects Hightower to be ready between the 1st and mid part of June. However, Shanahan said drafting a running back would have nothing to do with Tim Hightower. He kept referring to “sticking to the board” – going best player available. “Obviously, we have not re-signed Hightower yet,” kind of eluding to the possibility of drafting a RB is high. Though, either way, Hightower is likely to return.
News leaked out last week that Redskins 2nd year receiver Niles Paul would be moving to Tight End. Mike Shanahan believes with his blocking ability, toughness, and speed, he could bring another dynamic to Washington’s offense.
Speaking of tight ends, Mike Shanahan said Chris Cooley is doing great in his rehabbing process. Shanahan said, Cooley hasn’t felt as good as he is now in a few years. Cooley should be ready by the start of OTA’s.
Mike Shanahan couldn’t have said that any better. Robert Griffin III’s leadership qualities will be great for Washington’s offense. It’s something the team hasn’t had on that side of the football in years. Mike Shanahan is happy to have London back, and said, “If we can get a guy on offense that can lead like him, he’ll have a long and successful career.”
News came out last week that the Redskins asked Gaffney to seek a trade, and if no trade partner was found, he would be released. Many thought Shanahan came down on Gaffney due to his twitter debacle, however, Shanahan wanted to give Gaffney a chance to find a better situation. With new additions at receiver, and Leonard Hankerson returning from his season-ending injury, Gaffney wouldn’t have many opportunities.
As one of my twitter followers reminded me, “Cam Newton didn’t have a good defense last season.” He’s totally right, but we do get your point Mr. Shanahan. The Redskins must give Robert Griffin III help on both sides of the football in order to have early success. Luckily, Washington is further ahead in their rebuilding process than the horseshoes’ and Andrew Luck… So that’s something RG3 is probably stoked about.
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