When it comes to talking to the media and saying nothing at all, Mike Shanahan is one of the best. That is why when he divulged some words of wisdom for a Washington Post article, I took notice.
Was Mike not feeling well?
Did he slip up in his old age?
Or, does he have a very specific message for somebody who really should be, and needs to be, listening . . .
Shanahan says teaching a quarterback to ignore the rush and focus downfield is easier said than done. A player has to have a sixth sense when it comes to this aspect of quarterbacking.
“For most people it’s pretty instinctive,” Shanahan explained. “Most quarterbacks have a focus downfield, where they’re looking at the coverages. You can’t look at the rush. You feel the rush. The guys that usually look at the rush have a hard time reading coverages.”
Mike isn’t telling us why he said it and for whose benefit but of course he is right. Looking at the rushing defenders is the job of the front line, not the QB’s.