Redskins general manager Bruce Allen didn’t hold back Wednesday when he introduced his team’s new coach.
“Ladies and gentlemen, we got our man,” Allen boasted.
That man is Mike Shanahan, who will be the executive vice president/coach in Washington.
“I’m excited and honored to be the head coach of the Washington Redskins,” Shanahan said. “… It’s a very special place (with) Super Bowls, world championships.”
Redskins owner Dan Snyder turned to Shanahan, who won two Super Bowls in 14 seasons as the Broncos’ coach, to return that lost glory to Washington. The franchise is 82-99 since Snyder bought the team and has missed the playoffs in eight of the last 11 seasons.
Shanahan said he has known Snyder for 10 years and repeatedly talked with him about football. Shanahan also said he discussed the job with past Redskins coaches, who backed Snyder’s passion for winning.
Shanahan replaces Jim Zorn, who went 12-20 in two seasons as coach. Shanahan said he and Allen will “work together” to make personnel decisions, hence the executive VP title.
Shanahan received a five-year contract, a source with knowledge of the situation told NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora.
Shanahan confirmed that he has hired his son, Kyle, away from the Houston Texans to be the Redskins’ offensive coordinator. The Redskins also are prepared to interview Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer for the same position should his team lose at home to the Jets in an AFC wild-card playoff game Saturday, a league source told La Canfora.
Should Shanahan not hire Zimmer, former Saints coach Jim Haslett is another possibility, league sources indicated to La Canfora. Haslett recently coached in the UFL, and there are rumblings in coaching circles that Shanahan isn’t averse to going with a 3-4 defense in Washington.