Redskins Sign Shanahan
Carla Peay | 1/6/2010, 12:41 p.m.
The Washington Redskins got their man, signing Super Bowl winning coach Mike Shanahan to a five year deal worth a reported $7 million per year. Shanahan will become the team€s new Executive Vice President and head coach.
The deal was reached late Tuesday night, Jan., 5, less than 48 hours after the Redskins parted ways with former head coach Jim Zorn.
Shanahan will join Bruce Allen, who replaced Vinny Cerrato on Thursday Dec. 17 as the team€s new Executive Vice President and general manager to form a new brain trust for the Redskins, who finished the season with a disappointing 4-12 record.Shanahan and Allen will work in tandem on all personnel decisions, but Shanahan will reportedly have the final say in what players will suit up for the Burgundy and Gold.
Speculation has already begun with regards to the coaching staff Shanahan will assemble. Son Kyle Shanahan is expected to join the team as the new offensive coordinator. He currently holds the same position with the Houston Texans. Also expected to come on board as the team€s new defensive coordinator is Mike Zimmer, who currently holds the same job with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Shanahan has a career record of 146-98. He went 137-86 with the Denver Broncos over a 14-year span that included his two Super Bowl victories. He also went 8-12 with the Los Angeles Raiders from 1988 to 1989; spending two tumultuous years working for the Raiders controversial owner Al Davis.
Shanahan will be introduced at a 2p.m. press conference at Redskins Park on Wed., Jan. 6.