Former Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins cornerback Fred Smoot always has something interesting to say, and we all saw just how creative Smoot can get when he did an Ask Me Anything on Reddit. If you have never read it before, then you had better get on it right now. There are some amazing things on Reddit, but this was one of the finest moment’s in Reddit’s storied history. Seriously, where else are you going to get lines like “Runnin’ through the Okra Patch” (might want to caution those at work, since the implication of that phrase is something I’m not even allowed to write in this space) from?
Anyway, Smoot is not exactly a shy person, and he said some incredibly intriguing stuff about Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan today on CBS Washington’s 106.7 The Fan. For the uninitiated, Shanahan’s proclivity for turning his face red caused Smoot to dub him “The Red Lobster”, so the quote below is basically Smoot saying that Shanahan should be canned if the Redskins lose to the Philadelphia Eagles this week.
“If he loses this game, this is the end of the red lobster. I think you put him in the broiler if he loses this game right here.”
Smoot then went on to praise Shanahan for having a great eye for talent due to his ability to draft solid talent in the later rounds, but he quickly turned that into criticism in a very crafty manner. “I cannot hate on him when it comes to finding guys in the lower rounds. He’s a great drafter. He has an eye for talent. He truly does. Like we said, he just cannot cook. You know, sometimes grandma gets too old. She know what to go in the grocery store and get, but she just cannot whip it up like she used to.”
In a blunt finish, Smoot finally states that the game has “passed” Shanahan by. Ouch. It’s an incredibly strong statement made by the outspoken, former CB, but guys like veteran safety Reed Doughty are adamant that the Redskins control their own destiny going forward. Nobody is shying away from stating that this week’s rivalry matchup is a huge one for the Eagles, but it’s too drastic to start calling for Shanahan’s head. Instead, we need to look at the Redskins awful cap management, awful defense, and sketchy receiving depth (imagine if Pierre Garcon went down again…) as culprits, which mostly go back to GM Bruce Allen and owner Dan Snyder.