Originally Posted by cherokeesam
I think they're doing "Agents of SHIELD" as its own thing, separate from the rest of the agency. Technically, the show (so far) is about one tiny cell within the agency that's so top secret that most of the rest of SHIELD probably doesn't even know about them.
Which, if true, is something they'll need to work on. SHIELD's main purpose is to monitor supers and very advanced threats that "ordinary" military, law enforcement and intelligence agencies aren't equipped to deal with. And that's....exactly what the smaller, "more elite" AOS is about, too. So there's some layers of redundancy there they need to get rid of...
While that may be true, I would think that if the events of Winter Soldier trun out to be true, Coulson would know about it. Having said that: