Mike Shanahan was hired as coach of the Washington Redskins today. He signed a five-year deal reportedly worth seven million a year. Shanahan made the playoffs seven of the 14 years he coached with the Denver Broncos and he won back to back Super Bowls after the 1997 and 1998 seasons with Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway at the helm. He was 138-86 with Denver from 1995 to 2008 and 8-12 with the Los Angeles Raiders in 1988-89 This is Redskins' owner Daniel Snyder's seventh coach since 1999. Maybe he got it right this time, but the guy expects nothing less than a Super Bowl like they all do, so Shanahan is expected to deliver promptly.
I don't know if he's worth that kind of money. He won his Super Bowls with Elway and struggled after that for the most part. He didn't do well in LA. He's got a quarterback in Jason Campbell who is a wreck right now, and needs some major repair. The Redskins may go after a qb in free agency if there is one out there–with the collective bargaining situation the way it is who knows what will happen–make a trade for a quarterback along with some more help or draft a Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow or Colt McCoy. I know Shanahan likes Tebow a lot.
He's got his work cut out for him, and he better work hard with that kind of salary.