LEFTOVERS: Redskins' soap opera continues


The Dallas Cowboys usually are the NFL’s most entertaining bad/mediocre team.

That mantel has been passed on to the Washington Redskins.

And it’s days like Wednesday that are pure gold.

Coach Mike Shanahan took to the podium and said what reporters long have suspected of football coaches.

“I’m trying to be as honest as I can,” he said. “I don’t normally do that.”

Sounds like the words of someone who won’t be back in D.C.

Shanahan seemingly has had a cool relationship with quarterback Robert Griffin III — or RG-Me, as national radio host Jim Rome calls him — and speculation only has increased about the coach’s future. Now Shanahan is sitting Griffin, who came back too early from a serious knee injury, for the rest of the season.

Some think Shanahan wants to get fired, and his newfound honesty in the news conference added to that argument.

He offered this gem regarding owner Dan Snyder’s interest in the quarterback situation: “Dan could care less about the other positions.”

Now we know what it takes to get a coach to tell the truth.

Put him on the hot seat. Or, in previous UNLV coach Mike Sanford’s case, fire him.

Though Sanford wasn’t being as truthful at the end as much as he was passing the blame.

■ CRADLE OF COACHES — UNLV isn’t in the market for a new football coach. But should the Rebels need one in the next few years, they should go to Arkansas State, which is looking for its fourth coach in four years.

All three previous coaches went on to better things.

Hugh Freeze went to Mississippi two years ago, and on Tuesday he received a contract extension and raise. He led the Rebels to a 7-5 record and second consecutive bowl appearance, a program that went 2-10 before Freeze took over.

Gus Malzahn was the next Arkansas State coach to hit the exit, and on Wednesday he was named the Home Depot national coach of the year. Malzahn took over an Auburn team that went 3-9 last season, and the Tigers are 12-1 and headed to the Bowl Championship Series title game.

Also Wednesday, Bryan Harsin became the latest coach to leave the Red Wolves, agreeing to take over at Boise State, where he was an assistant from 2001 to 2010, the last five seasons as offensive coordinator.

That brings up a question: What’s more daunting, following Chris Petersen or keeping up the Arkansas State streak of successful hires?

OK, that’s an easy one. Arkansas State fans won’t be the ones sending nasty tweets and emails if Harsin doesn’t get the job done in Boise.

■ PANE IN THE GLASS — A pane of glass shattered during an NHL game Tuesday night.

Nothing unusual. A hard rubber puck flying at 120 mph. It happens.

What happened next isn’t so usual.

Those responsible for putting up a fresh pane couldn’t get off the covering that was on the glass and were forced to give some of the arena’s highest-paying customers an obstructed view.

And where did this happen?

At a Florida Panthers game.

It’s difficult to imagine hockey’s version of Gucci Row having its view blocked in Detroit or Philadelphia or anywhere in Canada.

But considering how unwatchable the Panthers are, maybe the fans were better off not being able to see the action.

COMPILED BY MARK ANDERSON LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

 

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