Daniel Snyder Pulls Another Rabbit Out of His Hat with Mike Shanahan Hire

Anthony BrownCorrespondent IJanuary 6, 2010

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 20: Coach Mike Shanahan of the Denver Broncos watches the action against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 20, 2008 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Daniel Snyder fooled me again.

After undermining Jim Zorn in October, with a lot of season left, I wrote that Snyder blew his chances with Mike Shanahan.

Why would one of the premier head coach prospects want to work for an owner who torpedoes his own guy when the going gets tough?

Yet Snyder will introduce Shanahan as the Redskins head coach" target="_blank">new chief of the Washington Redskins at a press conference at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, Jan. 7.

Let the Dannyhan era begin.

So, my apologies, Danny Snyder. You did it. But you don't get the "Mr. Snyder" back until the team wins titles. No more accolades for offseason maneuvers, Danny.

What did it take to land Shanahan?

Big money? Most certainly. I'm hearing $7 million a year for five years—more than was paid to Joe Gibbs or Steve Spurrier.

Football control? Shanahan is supposed to be named executive vice president of football operations, Vinny Cerrato's old title, and head coach.

We can expect to hear something about Shanahan having full and final authority on all football matters. We've heard all that before.

I'd like to know about Shanahan's contract. Is it closer to Marty Schottenheimer's full control contract, or Jim Zorn's deal with terms allowing the team to usurp his authority?

Does Shanahan set the roster and the starting lineup?

Can players go over his head to the owner?

Can Shanahan and Bruce Allen make the football calls while letting Snyder think he's having an influence, as Jimmy Johnson suggested last fall? 

Will the Redskins open the 2010 season prepared to play real games? They certainly were not prepared for the opening of this season.

I'll give Snyder another point for consistency. Having moved to the West Coast offense in 2008, the Redskins signed a WCO coach in Shanahan.

Shanahan's flavor of the offense featured a strong running game. For all the focus on Washington's passing game, it was the collapse of the rushing game that tanked the season.

Clinton Portis rushed for 494 yards on 124 carries in eight games. Jason Campbell was the No. 2 rusher with 236 yards. Stop and let the enormity of that fact sink in. Shanahan may have an answer for that.

Now, if Shanahan can get Champ Bailey back and add Brandon Marshall to the receiving corps, that would be something to cheer about.