It’s official. The Washington Redskins have named Mike Shanahan as seventh head coach of the Daniel Snyder Dynasty. Ending months of speculation about the team’s leadership Shanahan will also hold the title of Vice President of Football Operations with full control over player personnel and player selection strategy.
Shanahan is highly respected in the NFL having previously coached the Los Angeles Raiders and the Denver Broncos. He led the Broncos to back-to-back Super Bowl victories in 1997 and 1998. Although Mike Shanahan is new in Washington, the Shanahan name is already associated with the team. Shanahan’s son, Kyle Shanahan, is the Offensive Coordinator of the Redskins.
Shanahan is not a stranger to the petty bickering and chaos that consumed the Redskins this season. He served as an offensive assistant under Denver Broncos head coach Dan Reeves in the 1990’s only to be fired by Reeves after finding himself in the middle of a feud between Reeves and star quarterback John Elway. Here in Washington, with quarterback Jason Campbell now a free agent and running back Clinton Portis’s return questionable after a season-ending concussion, Shanahan must also immediately address weaknesses in both the offensive line and receivers. As Vice President of Football Operations he presumably has the authority to make the changes needed to lead the team back to the Superbowl. Redskin fans are not well known for patience especially after the repeated coaching changes that have characterized the team since it was acquired by Daniel Snyder in 1999. The team’s lackluster performance resulted in a dismal 4-12 record this year.
Mike Shanahan is reported to have signed a five-year, $35 million contract.