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Skins Get Their Man – Mike Shanahan to be Named New Head Coach


The first offseason coaching vacancy will be filled about 48 hours after it became open, as the Redskins have landed former Broncos Super Bowl winning coach Mike Shanahan. Reports say that he agreed Tuesday to become the coach of the team, and will have the final authority on football decisions, according to ESPN.com.

Shanahan’s decision to join the team was confirmed to The Associated Press by an official within the NFL. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the team was not commenting on its coaching search.
The Redskins announced they would hold a news conference Wednesday, although they did not say why.

The deal with Shanahan is for five years, the Denver Post reported on its Web site. The hire comes just a day after the team canned former coach Jim Zorn, who left after an awful 4-12 season.

It will be interesting to see where Shanahan, who was out of football for just one season, starts with the team. They need to figure out what to do at quarterback, and also figure out where they will go in free agency, a thing the team has used to try and build over the years, but with little success.


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