Shanahan says he hasn’t thought about contract extension

November 13, 2013

Mike Shanahan said he hasn’t thought about his contract status. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said that he hasn’t given his contract status any thought and that his only concern is turning his team’s season around.

“I’ve got a contract for next year. I’ve got a contract this year. I’m concerned for our games,” Shanahan said. “I’ve been very lucky. I’ve been in this profession a long time. Your focus is on your job, and I say that with all due sincerity. It’s something I do not think about it.”

Shanahan is in the fourth of a five-year contract that is paying him roughly $7 million a year. He is believed to want a contract extension at the end of this season so he doesn’t enter next year in a lame-duck situation.

A popular debate as of late has centered on whether Shanahan  who in three-and-a-half seasons owns a 24-33 record with only one winning season and playoff appearance  deserves an extension.

But Shanahan said the only way to succeed is to block out such thoughts during a season.

“Only time you talk about a contract, whether a player or a coach, it’s after the season,” Shanahan said. “Once we get started, you don’t talk about it because we’ve got to focus on each game and if you don’t focus on the game, you’re taking away from what you’re trying to accomplish.”

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What’s ahead:

● At 7 a.m., an Opening Kick on which Eagles quarterback you’d rather face.

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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