WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – ESPN college football analyst and former Redskins offensive lineman Mark May says it’s unfortunate that as it stands, Mike Shanahan will have to enter next season as a lame duck coach, but he’s built his bed and now he has to lie in it, while calling the team’s defense “almost laughable” along the way.
“Well they’ve made their own bed,” May told Lavar and Dukes on 106.7 The Fan on Tuesday.
“When you break the salary cap rules, you’re gonna pay a price,” he said. “That’s your own fault. When you go out and give a lot of draft picks for one player, that’s your own fault. That’s your bed. You’ve gotta lie in it, sleep in it. I look at that team, and I see that team defensively, and it’s almost laughable. They can’t stop anyone, particularly in the secondary.”
“The first thing I do is find the best offensive linemen out there to protect [RGIII] first,” May continued. “The old theory is, Jim Harbaugh’s got a great theory, when he was at Stanford, you don’t walk on the field on offense unless you can pass protect, no matter if you’re a wide receiver, running back or lineman. So you’ve gotta have that same philosophy in Washington. He is your golden kid. You gotta make sure he stays upright and healthy, first and foremost, and gets healthy. Build the offensive line up. Joe Gibbs’ philosophy: built the offensive line up. My first draft, I got drafted, Russ Grimm got drafted, Darryl Grant got drafted in that first draft for the Washington Redskins.”
The Redskins took May with the 20th overall pick in the 1981 draft, and later selected Darryl Grant in the 9th round (the draft was crazy back then) as an offensive lineman, before moving him to the other side of the ball.
“You build from the inside out,” May said. “You already have your superstar, protect him. And it’s unfortunate that it’s a lame duck season for Mike Shanahan. Hey that’s unfortunate. You know what? You’re not a lame duck if you coach better, if you win more games, so you bring that on yourself.”
“What would you do if you were the owner,” Lavar asked.
“If I was the owner, I’d bring back Joe Gibbs, in any capacity,” May answered. “Because you know what, with Joe Gibbs, go to the playoffs. Without Joe Gibbs, don’t go to the playoffs. It’s a simple philosophy.”