Report: Mike Shanahan wants to return in 2014

Report: Mike Shanahan wants to return in 2014
December 15, 2013, 11:45 am
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Both Adam Schefter of ESPN and Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network report that Mike Shanahan will not resign as coach of the Redskins and that, in fact, he wants to coach the team in 2014. Shanahan and team owner Dan Snyder will sit down at the end of the year and see if they can come to an agreement on how to proceed.

The way Schefter phrased it was somewhat curious. “Mike Shanahan will not resign from his job and would like to return to Washington next season as long as he can run team the way he wants,” the ESPN insider tweeted.

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The thing is, it is widely believed that Shanahan’s contract gives him total control over football operations as it is. It is unclear why he would need to discuss “running the team the way he wants”. As long as he is not fired, he can do just that without Snyder agreeing to anything.

One alternative might be for Snyder to fire Shanahan “with cause” which would essentially void the last year of his contract. But according to Schefter the coach’s contract is “ironclad” and that Redskins lawyers have determined that there are no grounds to terminate Shanahan without paying off his contract.