I am really shooting from the hip with this post. I'll have little proof, little evidence, and most of you may think me crazy if you take time to read. I think Shanny is trying skip, or jump around, one single year.
In 1993 the arguments between Reeves and Elway came to an end...Wade Phillips replaced Reeves. Reeves discipline and hyper-conservative play did us well, he and Elway made us a power. Reeves only problem, he refused to abuse the tallents of the greatest QB of all time. I like Reeves and think he should be in the ring, but imagine 15 years of Elway under Shanny. The stats would be scary and maybe never broken. Anyway,1993, Wade is the new, 'easy going' coach. We start out 3-1, think things are great, but end in mediocrity.
1993 we start out great--are 7-4 at the eleventh game--and end up 9-7.
Hmmm. Recent 9-7's. Just a thought.
2006 we start out great--are 7-4 at the eleventh game--and end up 9-7.
1994 we start out terrible, 0-4 start, struggle all season, and end with a 7-9 record.
Hmmm. Recent 7-9's. Just a thought.
2007 we start out great...but it is an illusion. We struggle all season and end with a 7-9 record.
1995, enter Mike Shanahan. He has this funny thought. If defenses can cover in a zone why can't an offensive line zone-block? Funny thought, no particular hole, just block in that direction. I bet in Mike's brain he was thinking, "If I could just find a decent, one-cut, downhill runner--this thought might work." Hmmm. Enter Terrell Davis. This is the year that Shanny is trying to skip. This is the year he tinkered with ideas, saw that they worked, and moved to fill the pieces.
1995, under this new funny system, we end up 8-8. This is the year I hope we avoid. This 'what' is behind Shanahan's brain. This 'what' is what he is trying to do. Skip 1995. Jump to 1996 but don't get surprised in the playoffs. This thought is in Shanny's brain. I know it is! Well, I say I know it is...remember...this is just speculation. But I know I'm right.
1996 we should have gone to the Superbowl. 1997 we have the ultimate revenge tour and, "This one's for John!" 1998 we should have gone undefeated. John is MVP. We defeat Dan. Just reward!
2008! What is in Shanahan's brain. Is the purge of staff because he wants none to question his thoughts? Probably. Did he fill the staff's holes with people in house because he knew they would listen to him? Probably. Has he looked at the Superbowl years and seen what was then? Probably. Has he looked at that '97-'98 teams character? Yes, back then we had one ethic problem (Roman) and one mouth question (Sharpe). Roman I'm glad is gone but I miss Sharpe's mouth. I love Shannon. 1995 and '96 we had mostly uknowns...we have this now in 2008. The difference is this is not a new system...and Shanny has seemed to have kept coaches that understand it.
What's in Shanahan's Brain? "Skip 1995, move to 1996, don't get surprised in the playoffs.