As part of ESPN.com’s “Best Of The NFL” Week, ESPN NFC East blogger Dan Graziano hands out some best-of awards to the NFC East coaches. The Eagles take Best Coach/GM Tandem and Best Delegator, Jason Garrett gets Best Motivator, and Tom Coughlin gets Best At Telling It Like It Is.
Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan, meanwhile, takes Best Gameface. Here’s Graziano’s rationale:
I don’t know whether he practiced it in front of a mirror for years, whether it was taught to him by a coaching mentor or whether it just comes naturally. But of the NFC East coaches, none looks more serious, more in control or more intimidating with that headset on than the Redskins’ Shanahan does. His angry scowl beats out Coughlin’s exasperated fury, though I have to admit I did consider the latter.
I think Graziano made the right choice, because Shanahan can do exasperated fury, too. In fact, I’m pretty sure that’s what the picture at the top of this post is.
I’ll be honest, though: one of my main hopes for the upcoming season is that Shanahan will have less occasion to do EITHER exasperated fury OR angry scowl. I’d give up the Best Gameface award for a few games of happy, grinning, Mike Shanahan.
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