Milestone will elude Redskins' Shanahan

Milestone will elude Redskins' Shanahan
December 26, 2013, 11:15 am
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When the 2013 season started, it seemed to be almost a sure bet that Mike Shanahan would achieve a major personal milestone. But as things have turned out he won’t reach it, at least not this year.

Shanahan came into the year with 167 career regular season wins. That was 11th all time. In order to get into the all-time top 10 he needed to win just five games to tie Bill Parcells for 10th place in all-time wins and six to move ahead of him. After the Redskins’ 10-win season in 2012 it looked like Shanahan would certainly be able to put that notable accomplishment on his resume.

There is no such thing as a sure-fire ticket to the Hall of Fame. But only one coach who is in the top 10 in wins and has at least one NFL championship to his credit is not enshrined in Canton and Bill Belichick’s selection only awaits his retirement.

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But Shanahan won’t climb into the top 10 this year. With just three wins this year his total is now 170. He’s two behind Parcells with one to play.

Most believe that Sunday will be Shanahan’s last game in Washington. It remains to be seen if that will be the end of line for his coaching career. It seems unlikely that teams will be lining up to hire a 61-year-old coach with a 24-39 record in his four years in Washington and just one playoff appearance in his last seven years as a coach.