Mike Shanahan’s profession with the Washington Soccer Staff was tied to the success of Robert Griffin III. The elder Shanahan should still be within the league if he was in a position to draft the quarterback he had actually wished.
“I keep in mind in Washington we already took RG3 and Kirk (Cousins) I ranked as the upper man,” Kyle Shanahan stated on The Wealthy Eisen Present Monday. “Earlier than we made that commerce, I wished to take him within the second spherical. My dad liked Russell Wilson and he deliberate on taking him within the fourth spherical.
“After which after we took Robert, he informed me all alongside if Russell Wilson was there within the fourth spherical — he was going to take him.”
After all, Wilson wasn’t nonetheless on the board, because the Seahawks took him within the third spherical at No. 75 total. Think about if Washington had drafted Wilson and the way a lot various things would possibly’ve been. Wilson has the second-most passing touchdowns (267) in his first 9 seasons within the NFL — trailing solely Peyton Manning. He additionally has the fifth-most passing yards (33,946), and second-highest passer score (101.7) for a quarterback after his first 9 seasons. He additionally took the beginning job in Seattle by Week 1 of his rookie season and by no means gave it up, profitable a Tremendous Bowl by Yr Two.
Bear in mind, Wilson and Griffin III confronted off within the first playoff begin for each of their rookie seasons. RG3 suffered a torn ACL in that sport and his profession has by no means been the identical, main Cousins to emerge in Washington. Griffin III might need by no means been Rookie of the Yr if Wilson was on the roster — or Wilson might have by no means been on his Corridor of Fame tempo since Yr One (doubtlessly by no means profitable a Tremendous Bowl).
“Russell was passed by then, so we’re sitting there on the clock. My dad goes ‘I am gonna take Cousins,'” Shanahan stated. “I used to be like ‘Dad, why the hell are you taking Cousins.’ He stated you had him ranked so excessive and we love him as a participant. I wasn’t going to say no to that — go forward and take him.”