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Join Date: Dec 2006
Re: Assessment on TJ Yates
What if Mike Shanahan never was a genius at picking and developing QBs? What if Gary Kubiak was the QB genius all along?
A common jibe at Mike Shanahan goes, "What has Shanahan won without Elway?" This is typically well answered, "What did Elway win without Shanahan?"
These may be the wrong questions. Better question: "What has Shanahan won without Gary Kubiak?"
Even more pertinent: What if Mike Shanahan was never a QB genius? What if it was Gary Kubiak all along?
By "QB genius," I mean someone who can choose the right QB (assess various QBs accurately from afar) and develop that QB (help that QB to become productive in your system).
Obviously Mike Shanahan earned his stripes in the NFL, but he did so as an offensive strategist. He didn't find Joe Montana or Steve Young: Bill Walsh did. Steve Young had a 101.8 QB rating the year before Shanahan came to the 49ers. But, with Shanahan as offensive coordinator in 1992, the 49ers did go from 10-6 to 14-2. He took a very good offense and made it better.
Here's what he didn't do for the 49ers: pick Steve Young. He also didn't pick John Elway for the Broncos.
Meanwhile, Kubiak definitely picked Matt Schaub (trading for him), taking the Falcons backup QB and making him the Houston starter. Did he also pick Jake Plummer as a reclamation project?
Read the core of it all here, from a Redkins MB.