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Posted at 05:52 PM ET, 12/18/2011

Mike Shanahan: ‘I know we will win’


(Kathy Willens - AP)

It’s not hard to find super sunny Redskins quotes on a day they stomp the Giants in New York. For example, here’s Barry Cofield, to Comcast SportsNet’s post-game show.

“The way we played in all three phases, offense and special teams and defense all clicking together, if we play like this we can beat anybody,” the ex-Giant said. “Like I said, if we play this hard, and click like this, mistake-free football, we can beat anybody....This defense, we’re not there yet, but we’re very close to being a great defense. I feel that from the bottom of my heart. And with a great offseason, we’re gonna be a top 10, top 5 defense next year.”

But it turns out the confidence was flowing fast and thick earlier in the week. I just had a chance to listen to Mike Shanahan’s Friday appearance on ESPN 980’s John Thompson Show, and the coach is feeling good about the future.

“How difficult or how much additional pressure is it on you, the scrutiny you come under having your son on your staff?” Thompson asked Shanahan. “How does that impact your guys’ relationship, to coach?”

“Coach I’ll be honest with you, I’ve been this way because I’ve been in the business a while, just like you’ve been in the business for a while,” Shanahan said. “YOU have to believe in what you’re doing. I know we will win. And when we do win, and we do set things up the right way, I know people will say ‘Oh my God, I knew you could do it all the time.’ I understand how it works.

 “The same people who said you didn’t know a damn thing,” Thompson agreed.

 “Oh, believe me, I know how that works,” Shanahan said. “But you have to be patient, you have to believe in what you do. And I believe in what we’re doing. I’ve done it for a long time. We’ve got the nucleus of an excellent football team. We’re not there yet. But I like the direction we’re going. nd I’ll be honest with you, I love [Kyle] being the offensive coordinator, because he does know what he’s doing, and I’ve been around a lot of people in that business that don’t.”

 “How about with the wife?” Doc Walker asked. “I always wonder about that, because you two are football guys, she’s football wife, and that’s her baby....That’s still her child.”

“Coach, don’t you get into that,” Thompson recommended. “I’ve got a bad feeling. Don’t you get into that.”

 “No, she kinda got mad at me in the beginning when Kyle wanted to come,” Shanahan joked. “She said ‘Wait a minute, why would you take him? He’s in a perfect situation where he’s at, he’s offensive coordinator, the last two years they’ve been in the top five.’ I said well he’s not too smart, and he wants to come with me. She just shook her head. But to be honest with you, any time that you go in a situation that’s tough — and it’s tough — and you DO get it done, the rewards are unbelievable.”

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