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Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Shanahan hopes for 'perfect world' ending

By John Keim

ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan knows the benefit of continuity at coach and quarterback. It’s something the Redskins haven’t had in a long time. And, with a 3-9 record in Year Four of Shanahan’s regime, there’s a chance it might not happen again.

That decision hasn’t been made, of course. It’s uncertain if owner Dan Snyder would want to pay Shanahan $7 million in addition to paying the rest of his staff, and then hiring a new staff.

For now, Shanahan sees the value in stability at coach and quarterback. But he also knows it’s not his call.

“In a perfect world you’d always like to be running an offense you feel comfortable with, there’s no question about that,” Shanahan said. “You’d always like to be with the same system so you don’t have to learn terminology. But that’s not always a perfect world, so a lot of quarterbacks adjust different ways, there’s a lot of different philosophies on what offense is the best – is it a good running game, is it a good passing game, what’s first?

“It’s really the direction of ownership, what direction they want to go, what type of offense they want to run, what type of defense they want to run, those type of things.”