Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said he has no doubt he will return to the team next season despite a lack of progress in the won-lost column.
Shanahan is nearing the end of the second season of the five-year, $35 million contract that he signed in January of 2010. He was expected to return the Redskins to the ranks of NFL contenders, but Washington went 6-10 in Shanahan’s first season and the team owns a 5-10 mark entering the season finale at Philadelphia Sunday.
Still, Shanahan -- who this week admitted it has taken longer to rebuild the Redskins than he initially imagined – said he fully expects owner Daniel Snyder to allow him to continue his reclamation project next season.
“No, there’s no doubt in my mind,” he said without hesitation.
“Hopefully there’s no doubt in Dan’s mind, too,” Shanahan added with a chuckle. “That would be the bigger guy to ask.”
Shanahan said the Redskins had less depth and less talent than he believed when he accepted the job. After keeping a rather veteran roster and adding several pieces, but failing at that attempt in 2010, Shanahan and general manager Bruce Allen shifted their focus in 2011 to fielding a younger team built primarily through the draft.
Shanahan said he made it clear to Snyder that patience would be required for him and Allen to transform the Redskins into a franchise that will enjoy long-term success. The coach expects to receive that time.
“Like I talked to him about when I first got here, I said, ‘Dan, if you don’t plan on me coaching here five years and doing it the right way, you’re hiring the wrong guy.’” Shanahan said. “It’s going to take some time to do it right.”