When head coach Mike Shanahan came to Washington in 2010, he brought his two Super Bowl rings with him from his days in Denver.
His legacy of winning has allowed him to break down and rebuild an aging roster, even at the expense of a few wins. His proven track record has been cited by his free agent acquisitions and revered by rookies looking to find NFL success.
But when discussing his incomparable motivation with Redskins Nation’s Larry Michael, Shanahan didn’t reference his own history of success.
Rather, he talked about how hard he and his coaching staff have worked to bring the Redskins franchise back to the glory days of the 1980s and 90’s:
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“I’ve got one goal, and it’s to turn this thing around and get it to where it has been: a Super Bowl-winning team. If you’re driven that way and you have a mindset, and you put in the hours that we put in, then nothing’s gonna hold you back.”
“We’ve got an owner that wants it as badly as I do. You’ve got a GM that wants it as bad as I do, and you’ve got a coaching staff that’s leaving no stone unturned.”
The ‘no stones unturned’ mantra was on full display last year, when the coaching staff and front office boldly moved back in the draft and found a dozen quality contributors. In a pinch, undrafted free agent Willie Smith started the last three games of the season at left tackle–arguably the second-most important position on the roster.
Even though the Redskins have only won 11 games under Shanahan’s regime, he continues to hold to his plan of building a winner in Washington:
“Now we’ve just gotta make sure we do it and do it the right way, and obviously we’ll be winning a lot more football games than we’ve been winning the last couple years.”