Washington Redskins New Head Coach: Mike Shanahan

The Washington Redskins today named Mike Shanahan Executive Vice President / Head Coach, making him the 28th head coach in Redskins franchise history. The two-time Super Bowl winning coach brings in a 146-98 regular season record as an NFL coach over 16 seasons. He is one of 12 head coaches in league history to guide a club to a pair of Super Bowl victories and one of six to accomplish the feat in consecutive years. In the past Shanahan has served as head coach for The Denver Broncos and The Oakland Raiders, has an overall winning percentage of .615 (154-103) and has 25 years of NFL coaching experience.

Shanahan replaces Jim Zorn, who went 12-20 in two seasons as coach. Shanahan said he and newly hired GM Bruce Allen will work together to make personnel decisions, hence the executive VP title. Shanahan received a five-year deal that is expected to pay him approximately $7 million per year. The Broncos fired Shanahan following the 2008 season and owed him $14 million on his previous contract. They have agreed to pick up approximately $3.5 million each in 2010 and 2011, according to a Denver Post report.

Certainly the head coach isn’t the only problem we have—but after a few of our teams coaching choices (The O’l Ball Coach, Steve Spurrier) and a 4-12 season that could and should have been at least a little bit better I feel that we finally have a couple of quality guys at the helm in head coach, Mike Shanahan and new general manager, Bruce Allen. People who will have the authority and make the right decisions, inspire hard work and instill discipline back to the glorious burgundy and gold.

While it’s easy to focus on the negatives we’ve got a lot to build on and an owner in Daniel Snyder who has the cash to win and who wants to win more than anything. Has he made some mistakes—of course he has. But who among us wouldn’t with their first NFL team. For me, as a fan I’d rather see him make coaching and personnel mistakes than do nothing as so many other franchises have done (Mike Brown and the Cincinnati Bengals) . Hopefully this time Shanahan will be the coach who can turn our ailing team around and return some pride, albeit only on the football field, to the nation’s capitol.


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