The first two-and-a-half seasons of Mike Shanahanâ€™s tenure as head coach of the Washington Redskins hasnâ€™t gone as planned, and at 3-6, the team faces slim odds of making the playoffs a third time under Shanahanâ€™s watch.
Shanahan came to Washington having won two Super Bowls and owning a 146-98 record in 16 seasons as a head coach. The Redskins, however have gone 14-27 under Shanahan.
But Andy Reid, whose Eagles face the Redskins on Sunday, said that Washingtonâ€™s struggles do nothing to take away from his opinion of Shanahan.
â€śHeâ€™s a great coach. Youâ€™re talking about a Hall of Fame coach,â€ť Reid said in a conference call Wednesday. â€śA lot of things go into that, and I think heâ€™s trying to rebuild that program, and that doesnâ€™t happen overnight. But youâ€™re talking about a Hall of Fame football coach.â€ť
Like Shanahan and the Redskins, Reid and the Eagles have had a disappointing season to date. Philadelphia also owns a 3-6 record. The Eagles are in danger of missing the playoffs for a second consecutive season. But Reid said that hope is not yet lost for either team.
â€śThis yearâ€™s not over, so â€¦ you just keep battling,â€ť Reid said. â€śWeâ€™re playing in the National Football League and thereâ€™s only 32 of each one of us that has an opportunity to do this, and Iâ€™m talking about players, coaches, reporters â€“ everybody. This is a privilege to play and coach in this league, and you donâ€™t put yourself in that position where youâ€™re down like that. You have an opportunity, and thatâ€™s how you look at it.â€ť