Washington Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said last week that he had no doubt he would return to the team next season, and on Monday, the coach expressed appreciation for the support he has received from owner Daniel Snyder throughout the 5-11 season.

Mike Shanahan, head coach of the Washington Redskins speaks to the media at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va. Monday. (Photo by Matt McClain For The Washington Post)

“The owner of the football team, you constantly keep him updated on the direction you plan on going with free agency and the draft,” said Shanahan, whom Snyder signed to a five-year, $35 million contract in December of 2010. “He’s been very, very supportive. He wants to do it the right way. He understands it’s not going to happen overnight if you do it the right way, and I appreciate his support.”

The 5-11 Redskins just posted the worst record of Shanahan’s 17 full seasons as a head coach. And Shanahan acknowledged that the losing has had a draining affect on him. But, he said the failures motivate him.

“It always takes a toll on you, all the time you put in. Any time you have a loss, with all the time and effort you put in, it’s like somebody stuck a knife in you,” Shanahan said. “It’s tough to go through a season like that. Thank God I haven’t been through a season like that before. I might not still be in this profession very long. But it’s something that really drives you and motivates you.

Shanahan added, “I enjoy what I do. I enjoy the challenge of putting a great football together here with the Washington Redskins. I know we’re not there yet, but I’m excited with what I do, I’m excited with the players that we’ve got, and I’m excited for the future.”

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