Shanahan In: Coach Agrees To Five-Year Deal with Washington Redskins

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistJanuary 6, 2010

In the matter of 48 hours, the Washington Redskins have gotten things done.  Jim Zorn is out, and a breaking news story that Mike Shanahan has signed a five year deal worth $7 million is in.

Shanahan flew to Washington D.C. on Monday to discuss a possible agreement with the Redskins that he would immediately take over previous coach Jim Zorn's head coaching job.

This news is definitely what the Redskins wanted to hear.  The former Denver Broncos Head Coach, Shanahan is no stranger to the game.  With a bitter exit from the Broncos at the beginning of last season, Mike will enter the Redskins locker room with a point to prove, and better yet a team to rebuild.

Shanahan will also bring his son Kyle up from Houston to be the new offense coordinator of the Redskins.

On the defensive side, the Redskins staff is preparing to interview Mike Zimmer, defensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals.  Zimmer's job could be in jeopardy, particularly if the Bengals lose to the Jets this Sunday.

The two time Super Bowl winning coach brings a lot to the table of a team that has struggled.  Not only will he take over the head coaching role, he is also set to become the new executive-vice president in Washington.

The Redskins brought talent in the last off season, this time they are placing coaches in to help build structure in their organization.  It is definitely a positive start to an off season that has only just begun.


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