Redskins’ struggles haven’t swayed Andy Reid’s opinion of Mike Shanahan

Andy Reid said the Redskins’ poor record isn’t the result of a poor job by Mike Shanahan. (Jay Drowns/Getty Images)


The first two-and-a-half seasons of Mike Shanahan’s tenure as head coach of the Washington Redskins hasn’t gone as planned, and at 3-6, the team faces slim odds of making the playoffs a third time under Shanahan’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 Washington’s struggles do nothing to take away from his opinion of Shanahan.

“He’s a great coach. You’re talking about a Hall of Fame coach,” Reid said in a conference call Wednesday. “A lot of things go into that, and I think he’s trying to rebuild that program, and that doesn’t happen overnight. But you’re talking about a Hall of Fame football coach.”

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.

“This year’s not over, so … you just keep battling,” Reid said. “We’re playing in the National Football League and there’s only 32 of each one of us that has an opportunity to do this, and I’m talking about players, coaches, reporters – everybody. This is a privilege to play and coach in this league, and you don’t put yourself in that position where you’re down like that. You have an opportunity, and that’s how you look at it.”

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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