When Mike Shanahan came to coach Washington's NFL franchise a dozen years ago - it really has been that long, hasn't it? - his objective was clear: rebuild a consistent winner that would enjoy the kind of success he had in Denver, and thereby enhance his legacy. That ended the way it always ends in the knows-no-bottom era of Daniel Snyder's Washington ownership. But now, with the benefit of perspective, the lasting legacy of Shanahan's four-year stint here is not the 24-40 record, the blaze to the playoffs in Robert Griffin III's rookie year or the controversy thereafter. Rather, it's the coaches he hired and developed, because as the NFL playoffs opened this weekend, they have an outsize impact on the entire league. When Shanahan was hired in January 2010, his son, Kyle, became his 30-year-old offensive coordinator; on Sunday afternoon, Kyle will lead his San Francisco 49ers against the Dallas Cowboys in hopes of returning to the Super Bowl for the second time in three seasons. … [Read more...] about Mike Shanahan’s enduring legacy in Washington is his coaching tree
PHILADELPHIA - As the railing at FedEx Field collapsed and bodies draped in green fell, Jalen Hurts didn't flinch. He just sidestepped the chaos and checked on the people suddenly scattered on the ground around him. The startled Philadelphia Eagles fans scuttled to their feet, but instead of scurrying to the locker room, Hurts wrapped his arm around them and posed for cellphone snapshots. There's being unfazed, and then there's Hurts. To understand how a 23-year-old in his first full season as a starter became the youngest quarterback to lead the Eagles to the playoffs, don't bother combing over his breathtaking touchdown runs or the times he scrambled out of the pocket to dot an "i" with a pass. Instead, check out the time he turned a near disaster into a selfie opportunity. Hurts was everything that stadium railing wasn't Jan. 2: sturdy, dependable. He wasn't dismayed by the confusion; he was seeking solutions. "That is a common thread or trait that I find in successful … [Read more...] about ‘Built for the journey’: How Jalen Hurts keeps answering critics
15 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oregon's Dana Altman has accomplished plenty in his 37 years as a college basketball coach. He added a new one to his list Saturday night. Altman's Ducks became the first team in 46 years to knock off two top-five teams on the road within a five-day span, beating No. 5 Southern California 79-69 behind Will Richardson's career-high 28 points. De'Vion Harmon had 16 points and N'Faly Dante added 12 for Oregon (11-6, 4-2 Pac-12), which has won five straight, including an 84-81 win over third-ranked UCLA on Thursday. The Ducks are the first team since Clemson in January of 1976 with two wins over top-five teams on the road in such short order, according to ESPN Stats & Information. They are the first to do it in the Pac-12. “We needed a big week. Our guys knew that. I’ve been talking about a sense of urgency since the Baylor game and how we didn't have … [Read more...] about SoCal Sweep: Oregon follows UCLA upset with win vs No. 5 USC
5 WASHINGTON - The Justice Department's decision to charge Oath Keepers with seditious conspiracy last week makes clear that prosecutors consider the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol part of an organized assault to prevent the peaceful transfer of presidential power. But so far the department does not appear to be directly investigating the person whose desperate bid to stay in office motivated the mayhem - former president Donald Trump - either for potentially inciting a riot or for what some observers see as a related pressure campaign to overturn the results of the election. The House select committee on Jan. 6 is investigating both matters, separate from the Justice Department, and has aggressively pursued information about Trump and those closest to him. But FBI agents have not, for example, sought to interview or gather materials from some of Trump's most loyal lieutenants about their strategy sessions at the Willard hotel on how to … [Read more...] about The Justice Dept. alleged Jan. 6 was a seditious conspiracy. Now will it investigate Trump?