Print and Go Back ESPN.com: NFC East [Print without images]

Tuesday, January 5, 2010
We'll see if Shanahan truly has the power

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Mike Shanahan has signed a five-year contract to be the head coach and executive vice president of football operations for the Washington Redskins, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Denver Post is reporting that Shanahan will earn $7 million per year.

On the surface, there is a little confusion because the Skins now have two "executive vice president" titles in general manager Bruce Allen and Shanahan, but Schefter reports Shanahan will have ultimate authority when it comes to football decisions. Of course, we'll have to see that in action before we believe it. It's hard to imagine owner Dan Snyder allowing another man to have final say with his beloved team. Snyder has always enjoyed jetting around looking at players and giving the appearance he's a football man.

I think yielding to Shanahan would be a good thing for the Redskins, but this will take some getting used to for Snyder. And let's not pretend that Shanahan is a savant when it comes to evaluating talent. His offensive background is pretty impressive, but by the time he was fired in Denver, the defense was a mess.

This is the first step in what could be a long road to relevance for the Redskins. I'm anxious to see if Snyder has the patience to see things through.

Back with much, much more in about 30 minutes.