Why Redskins fans should be doing cartwheels over what coach Mike Shanahan said this weekend

Robert Griffin III and… his Subway sandwich?/AP

Do people do cartwheels when they’re happy? I don’t know if they really do. But if that happens, Redskins fans should do┬ásome. The reason why has nothing to do with drafting Robert Griffin III or anything else. Although… that’s clearly a good thing.

Instead, it has to do with coach Mike Shanahan’s comments over the weekend. Essentially, Shanahan said he wanted to cater his offense to the talents of the ultra athletic pocket passer, RGIII. Not fit Griffin into a mold Shanahan already has. Yes, really. The same rigid, stubborn Shanahan.

Now, this isn’t entirely new. He also said this in late April. But saying it again — and sounding like he means it — further emphasizes that Shanahan didn’t misspeak. He didn’t say by accident that he wants to design an offense around what Griffin does, rather than have Griffin conform ┬áto his ways.

Why is this groundbreaking?

Because it’s sooooo unlike Shanahan. Because before the draft, old flame Donovan McNabb went on TV and basically laughed at this notion. McNabb, who battled with the Shanahan clan, said there was no way they would change their ways for a QB. Well, maybe the Shanahans just didn’t do it for him.

No doubt, optimism reigns in Washington. RGIII is a big reason why.

But if Shanahan is really going to change his stripes, chill out a bit, and work his game around his quarterback, that’s as good a news item as anything. The McNabb era didn’t work. Shanahan’s final three seasons in Denver were completely mediocre. Actually — at 7-9, 9-7, and 8-8 — they were exactly mediocre.

And it’s worth noting that it has been quite a while since the passing guru has really thrived after developing a winning QB. RGIII gives him his best chance since John Elway. It also gives Shanahan a chance to bolster his legacy and end his career on a high note.

Being malleable is the best sign yet that could happen. So, like I said, cartwheels guys, cartwheels.

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