5 Reasons Kyle Shanahan Is Right in Expecting Redskins to Make Playoffs

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5 Reasons Kyle Shanahan Is Right in Expecting Redskins to Make Playoffs
Kyle Shanahan has his work cut out for him, but he's expecting big things from Washington's offense in 2012. Howard Smith/US Presswire

On the final day of minicamp, Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan spoke confidently about his team's chances in 2012.

We don't go into a season not expecting to make the playoffs. My expectation is to win. That’s why we came here.

If Shanahan's words sound familiar, it may be because fans have heard them before and they were considered controversial.

Coaches at all levels expect to win. Most of them hope to win a lot. But not all of them do.

Hall of Famer Vince Lombardi certainly made good on his promise as coach of the Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins. "Winning isn't everything," he said. "It's the only thing."  

The infamous phrase was first used by former UCLA football coach Henry Russell ("Red") Sanders, but Lombardi made it sound like his own.

Shanahan doesn't compare to Lombardi, but he did not mince or borrow words when he spoke in front of reporters.

I believe in our guys.  I know our guys believe in ourselves and we expect to come in and win.  Anything short of that and we [are], as coaches, disappointed.

You have to appreciate the young man's moxie, as he prepares to enter what could be a make-or-break season for him and is father. He is also determined to help turn around a team that has been mediocre under their command. 

We want a chance to compete every year, and it’s been disappointing for us that we haven’t been able to.

The first two years of Mike and Kyle Shanahan were tough, but father and son seem rejuvenated, with an influx of young talent and depth. Kyle's words are bold, but there may be some truth behind them.

The following slideshow backs Shanahan's prediction that the Skins are a playoff-caliber team to be reckoned with. Let's hope for his sake, the proclamation comes true.

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