Mike Shanahan
American football coach
Mike Shanahan
Michael Edward "Mike" Shanahan is the 28th and current head coach of the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. Shanahan also holds the title of Vice President of Football Operations with the Redskins, giving him full control over player personnel with the team. Shanahan previously coached the Los Angeles Raiders and the Denver Broncos. He led the Broncos to back-to-back Super Bowl victories in 1997 and 1998.
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Reuters U.S. Sports Schedule at 1 PM ET on Thursday, Dec. 15
Yahoo News - 2 months
Dec. 15 (Reuters) - Reuters U.S. sports schedule at 1 PM ET on Thursday: - - - - For any coverage questions, please contact us.general-news@thomsonreuters.com - - - - NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE MILLER: Hiring? Ignore expired old guard Polian, Shanahan Firing season began last week which means hiring season is right around the corner in the NFL. Second- and third- and fourth-look candidates past their expiration date, such as Bill Polian and Mike Shanahan, should be skipped by teams ready to start over. (FBN-COLUMN-HIRING-POLIAN-SHANAHAN, expect by 1:45 p.m. ...
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Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins' time has arrived - ESPN
Google News - about 1 year
ESPN Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins' time has arrived ESPN PHILADELPHIA -- Mike Shanahan's friends thought he was crazy for referring to Kirk Cousins as a top-10 quarterback. "I said it on [a national] radio show before the season, and then a buddy called me and asked, 'What were you thinking?' He couldn't ... A day after beating Philadelphia, the Redskins are still dancingWashington Post Putrid Eagles do Giants no favors as Redskins take NFC East titleNew York Post Report: Jason Peters took himself outNBCSports.com Yahoo Sports -CBSSports.com -Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia all 1,185 news articles »
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Co-worker of gyrocopter pilot on 'act of civil disobedience'
Fox News - almost 2 years
Mike Shanahan weighs in
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Total lunar eclipse to happen early Saturday morning in Hawaii
Hawaii News Now - almost 2 years
Bishop Museum's Director of Visitor Experience and Planetarium, Mike Shanahan says the Hawaiian Islands will have an excellent view of an approximately five-minute total lunar eclipse early Saturday morning.
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Ex-Skins Coach Mike Shanahan Discusses RG3, Snyder on Radio
NYTimes - about 2 years
Thought the dysfunction among former Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan, quarterback Robert Griffin III and team owner Dan Snyder was a topic of the past? Think again.
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Bill Belichick wrong to call out Wes Welker - Boston Globe
Google News - about 3 years
Boston Globe Bill Belichick wrong to call out Wes Welker Boston Globe DENVER — One day when Mike Shanahan had a large, ornate coaches' office at Dove Valley, he ran the coaches' film of back-to-back cheap shots that first Rodney Harrison then Vince Wilfork delivered on Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler in a 2008 Monday ... Cleveland Browns and NFL AM Links: Reporter says Belichick's accusation is ...Plain Dealer Pats DE Andre Carter thinks Wes Welker' hit on Aqib Talib was intentionalFanSided Bill Belichick Rips Wes Welker For 'Deliberate Play' To 'Take Out' Patriots' Aqib ...Huffington Post Auburn Citizen -Boston Herald -Garry Cobb all 857 news articles »
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Gruden tabbed as new `Skins coach
Beloit Daily News - about 3 years
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The face was different, the words familiar. Like Mike Shanahan and nearly every recent Washington Redskins coach, Jay Gruden is anxious to declare an end to franchise’s days of dys
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Redskins vet Moss, young RG3 take different approaches to questions about Shanahan's future
Fox News - about 3 years
Given a chance to endorse Mike Shanahan to return as coach of the Washington Redskins, Santana Moss and Robert Griffin III took very different approaches.
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Tom Coughlin would not have been pleased if Giants-Redkins refs stopped ... - The Star-Ledger - NJ.com
Google News - about 3 years
FOXSports.com Tom Coughlin would not have been pleased if Giants-Redkins refs stopped ... The Star-Ledger - NJ.com From the sidelines, Mike Shanahan paced back and forth, eyes bugged, as he hollered at the officials. Justin Tuck held his arms out wide, confused after what looked to be a routine placement of the ball. Shanahan thought it was first down. Tuck thought it was ... NFL Says Confused Officials Should Have Stopped Giants-RedskinsBloomberg Drop hurts struggling Redskins more than chain gang gaffeLubbockOnline.com Giants stay alive as Redskins fall into irrelevanceUSA TODAY Washington Post -Kansas City Star -Detroit Free Press all 1,139 news articles »
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Embattled Mike Shanahan believes Redskins will keep fighting
USA Today - about 3 years
With playoff hopes dashed, the coach and players are battling for jobs
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New York Giants Top Washington Redskins 24-17 On 'Sunday Night Football' (VIDEO/PHOTOS)
Huffington Post - about 3 years
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Eli Manning and Robert Griffin III put on quite the show in the first half. Then the two quarterbacks and their teams — both with not-ready-for-prime-time records — showed how they've become the bottom-feeders of the NFC East. Yet one team had to win, and it was the New York Giants who took advantage of the latest Washington Redskins special teams error to set up the go-ahead touchdown. Andre Brown had a pair of touchdown runs Sunday night, and Justin Tuck had four sacks — more than doubling his total from the season — as the Giants beat the Redskins 24-17 to stay on the fringes of the playoff race. The win keeps the Giants (5-7) two games behind division leaders Dallas and Philadelphia with four to play, while the Redskins (3-9) were eliminated from the postseason for the 17th time in 21 years and finished the season 0-5 in prime time. "After last week's loss we were probably going to have to win five in a row, and this is the first one," Manning said. ...
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RG3 Defends Father's Presence In Redskins' Locker Room After Loss To 49ers
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — RG3 stood up for RG2 on Wednesday, saying that anyone criticizing the quarterback's father for being in the Washington Redskins locker room "needs to back off." Robert Griffin III said there was no underlying meaning behind his father's locker room visit following Monday night's 27-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The two chatted at Griffin's locker both and after Griffin's news conference, fueling more questions about the father's influence on the team. "My dad came to check on me," Griffin said. "He came to check on me to make sure I wasn't injured. My mom was upset. He wanted to do his fatherly duties and he stepped in there to see if I was OK." Griffin was sacked four times by the 49ers and was briefly in agony after getting kicking in the groin area on one play, but he never left the game and is not listed on the Redskins' injury report. "Yeah, I was a little shocked that he was there, but he meant no harm," Griffin said. "And anybody out there that's ...
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Coach Mike Shanahan: 'Everybody is playing for their jobs' now that Redskins are 3-8
Fox News - over 3 years
Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan says "everybody is playing for their jobs" on his 3-8 team, including players and coaches.
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Shanahan tries to put positive spin on 3-6 Skins
Yahoo News - over 3 years
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Almost exactly a year ago, when his Redskins fell to 3-6 after an embarrassing loss to a deeply flawed opponent that had one previous victory, coach Mike Shanahan sounded close to throwing in the towel — and Washington promptly went out and won its next seven games.
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Mike Shanahan, Washington in familiar spot at 3-6
Yahoo News - over 3 years
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Almost exactly one year ago, when his Redskins fell to 3-6 after an embarrassing loss to a deeply flawed opponent that had one previous victory, coach Mike Shanahan sounded as if he were throwing in the towel — and Washington promptly went out and won its next seven games.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mike Shanahan
  • 2013
    Age 60
    Redskins owner Daniel Snyder fired Shanahan on December 30, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details The team finished 3–13 in the 2013 season, and was in last place in the NFC East division 3 of 4 seasons. It is widely understood that his NFL coaching career has reached its end. NFL head coaches under whom Mike Shanahan has served: Assistant coaches under Mike Shanahan who became NFL head coaches: Assistant coaches under Mike Shanahan who became NCAA head coaches: Shanahan is a Roman Catholic. He and his wife, Peggy, have two children — a son, Kyle, the current Atlanta Falcons’ offensive coordinator, and a daughter, Krystal. Shanahan is also a Brother in the Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity.
    Griffin underwent reconstructive surgery of his knee on January 9 and returned as the starter for the beginning of the 2013–2014 season, though Shanahan held him out of the preseason to protect him from further injury.
    More Details Hide Details The team continued to struggle in 2013. With the final three games of the regular season, Shanahan decided to make Griffin inactive for the rest of the season because Shanahan thought it was best for both Griffin's and the Redskins' future.
  • 2012
    Age 59
    While there were reports in December 2012 that the Redskins were considering negotiating a contract extension with Shanahan in the 2013 offseason, this did not happen and there were later reports that Shanahan had considered resigning after the end of the year.
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    The Redskins lost in the Wild Card round of the 2012 NFL Playoffs to the Seattle Seahawks by a score of 14–24, during which his quarterback Robert Griffin III sustained a tear of his LCL and a damaged ACL to his previously injured knee.
    More Details Hide Details Shanahan came under criticism for his handling of the injury, both in bringing Griffin back to play after the initial injury on Dec 9 and keeping him in the game against the Seahawks after reinjuring the knee.
    Shanahan had a combined 11–21 record in his first two seasons as Redskins coach, followed by a 3–6 start to the 2012 season, but ended the year with a seven-game winning streak on the way to the team's first NFC East title and home playoff game since the 1999 season.
    More Details Hide Details During this season Shanahan also continued his trend of developing unheralded draft picks into 1000-yard rushers, with the 6th-rounder Alfred Morris.
  • 2010
    Age 57
    Shanahan's son, Kyle Shanahan, became the offensive coordinator of the Washington Redskins on January 20, 2010.
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    On January 5, 2010, Shanahan was formally introduced as the Redskins' 24th full-time head coach.
    More Details Hide Details As part of the deal, he was also named vice president of football operations, with the final say on football matters. He was one of several coaches who also had the title or powers of general manager, along with New England's Bill Belichick and others. Shanahan was signed to a five-year, $35 million contract. Several months earlier, Bruce Allen was named the team's general manager. Shanahan and Allen split the duties held by a general manager, with Shanahan having the final say. This model is similar to how Belichick and Scott Pioli worked during their eight years in New England.
  • 2009
    Age 56
    On November 18, 2009 ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Buffalo Bills had contacted Shanahan about their head coaching vacancy after the team parted ways with former coach Dick Jauron.
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    In the early part of the 2009 season, it was reported that the Washington Redskins were interested in naming Shanahan their head coach, replacing Jim Zorn.
    More Details Hide Details Although this was reported by several media outlets, the Redskins' Vice President of Football Operations, Vinny Cerrato, stated that a coaching change would not be considered until the end of the season.
  • 2008
    Age 55
    On December 30, 2008, Shanahan was fired after the Broncos failed to make the playoffs during the 2008 NFL season.
    More Details Hide Details It was the third consecutive year in which Denver didn't make the playoffs and the Broncos had spent most of the season well ahead of their division.
    In May 2008, Shanahan attended the wedding of George W. Bush's daughter Jenna Bush, who was the former college roommate of Shanahan's daughter.
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  • 2006
    Age 53
    In 2006, he cooperated with Stefan Fatsis's endeavor to spend a year as a Broncos place-kicker, and much of the resulting book A Few Seconds of Panic (2008) covers Shanahan's coaching from the player's point of view.
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    The playoff drought ended on January 14, 2006 when the Broncos defeated the two-time defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in the AFC Divisional Round of the playoffs at Invesco Field at Mile High.
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  • 1999
    Age 46
    In 1999, with the assistance of writer Adam Schefter, Shanahan penned Think Like a Champion, a motivational book about leadership.
    More Details Hide Details It was published by Harper Collins.
  • 1998
    Age 45
    Shanahan, taking his cue from West Coast offense guru Bill Walsh, was well known for scripting the first 15 offensive plays of the game, and helped the 1998 Broncos set an NFL record for first quarter points scored in a season.
    More Details Hide Details In 2005, he passed Dan Reeves as the winningest coach in franchise history. Shanahan is known for a run-heavy variation of the West Coast offense he coached in San Francisco. He has often found unheralded running backs from later rounds of the annual NFL Draft and then turned them into league-leading rushers behind small-but-powerful offensive lines. Examples of this phenomenon are Terrell Davis, Mike Anderson, Olandis Gary, Clinton Portis, Reuben Droughns and Tatum Bell, all of whom have had at least one 1,000-yard season in a Denver uniform over the past 10 years. After Elway's retirement and Davis' career-ending injuries, Shanahan went seven years without a playoff win (including three seasons when the Broncos didn't even make the playoffs), a drought which caused some criticism from fans.
  • 1997
    Age 44
    He led the Broncos to back-to-back Super Bowl championships in the 1997 and 1998 seasons, during which time the Broncos set a then-record for victories in two seasons.
    More Details Hide Details Between 1996–1998, the Broncos set the NFL record for victories by going 46–10 over a three-year span. The 1998 Broncos won their first 13 games on their way to a 14–2 mark.
  • 1995
    Age 42
    Shanahan's success with the 49ers earned him a head coaching spot once more, this time back in Denver with the Broncos beginning in 1995.
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  • 1994
    Age 41
    In 1994 while coaching for the 49ers, Shanahan added to the ongoing feud between him and Raiders owner Al Davis when he had then QB Elvis Grbac throw a football at Davis' head.
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  • 1992
    Age 39
    In 1992, Shanahan was hired as offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers under Head Coach George Seifert, capping his rise with a victory in Super Bowl XXIX after the 1994 season.
    More Details Hide Details His years under Seifert placed him in the Bill Walsh coaching tree.
  • 1989
    Age 36
    When the Raiders began 1–3 in 1989, Shanahan himself was fired and replaced by Shell.
    More Details Hide Details Shanahan's final Raiders record was 8–12 in less than two seasons, going 2–7 after a 6–5 start.
  • 1988
    Age 35
    Shanahan was hired by the Raiders in 1988 to replace longtime Raiders coach Tom Flores.
    More Details Hide Details He was the Raiders' first head coach hired from outside the organization since Davis himself 23 years earlier. Shanahan (who proved very unpopular with the players) and the micromanaging Davis clashed almost immediately, and this was only exacerbated after the Raiders finished a disappointing 7–9, losing four of their last five games. Tensions increased towards the end of the season when wide receivers coach and Shanahan loyalist Nick Nicolau got into a heated argument with assistant coach Art Shell (a Davis loyalist) in which Nicolau reportedly accused Shell of only having a job by virtue of his friendship with Davis. When Shell went to Davis later to ask if this was true, Davis' response was to immediately fire Nicolau. Shanahan responded by firing running backs coach Joe Scannella and offensive coordinator Tom Walsh (both Davis hires), but Davis ordered them both back to work. At the end of the season, Shanahan fired defensive assistants Willie Brown and Charlie Sumner. An enraged Davis re-hired Brown to a different position in the organization.
  • 1983
    Age 30
    Shanahan stayed with the Gators through 1983.
    More Details Hide Details Shanahan first served as a receivers coach and later offensive coordinator for the Broncos under Dan Reeves in the 1980s. It was his skill as an offensive mind that garnered Shanahan the attention of maverick Los Angeles Raiders owner Al Davis. After Shanahan and the Raiders parted ways in 1989, Shanahan returned to the Broncos as an assistant. He was fired several years later by Reeves after finding himself in the middle of a growing feud between Reeves and quarterback John Elway.
  • 1980
    Age 27
    Shanahan worked as the offensive coordinator for the University of Minnesota for a single season, before accepting the same position at the University of Florida under head coach Charley Pell in 1980.
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  • 1972
    Age 19
    He was a quarterback at Eastern Illinois University, where he joined Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity. In 1972, a piercingly hard hit on the practice field ruptured one of his kidneys, which caused his heart to stop for thirty seconds and nearly killed him.
    More Details Hide Details A priest was summoned to administer the last rites to Shanahan, a devout Roman Catholic. With his playing career abruptly ended, Shanahan entered coaching. After graduation, he served as an assistant coach at Northern Arizona University and the University of Oklahoma. He then returned to his alma mater as offensive coordinator and helped his school win the Division II football championship.
  • 1970
    Age 17
    He graduated from high school in June 1970.
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  • 1968
    Age 15
    Shanahan played high school football at East Leyden High School, Franklin Park, Illinois, where he played wishbone quarterback for legendary Eagles coach Jack Leese's 1968 and 1969 teams.
    More Details Hide Details He held the single-game rushing record of 260 yards on 15 carries (which was set in a 32–8 win over Hinsdale South on September 20, 1969) until it was broken in 1976 by Dennis Cascio.
  • 1952
    Born on August 24, 1952.
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