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Mike Shanahan: Anything short of the Super Bowl is a failure

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Mike Shanahan says the expectations are very high this season in Washington.

According to Shanahan, his players believe that they have what it takes to win the Super Bowl, and they won’t settle for anything less.

“We have a team that you’re going to be proud of,” Shanahan said. “They have set the expectations: anything short of a Super Bowl is a failure.”

Shanahan said owner Dan Snyder has given his team all of the resources it needs, and that the personnel department has built a team good enough to win it all.

“Coaches coach, players play and together all of us can win championships,” Shanahan said, “and that’s what we plan to do.”

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190 Responses to “Mike Shanahan: Anything short of the Super Bowl is a failure”
  1. dennisatunity says: Aug 23, 2013 4:07 PM

    It’s good to have high expectations. Nobody wants to root for a team with mediocre expectations. Having said that, I think you’ve set yourselves up for failure. You just don’t have the horses to get past the 49ers or the Seahawks or the Falcons. But best of luck to you! I hope you do well.

  2. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Aug 23, 2013 4:08 PM

    hahaha..relax shanahan, how about get to .500 consistently year in year out. One winning season and hes ready to crown himself haha.Whats with all these NFC east(wac in college) division posts anyways..it should be NFC has beens..

  3. johninthewest says: Aug 23, 2013 4:08 PM

    Duh, Wouldn’t any head coach say this if they don’t go or win in the superbowl??

  4. geemoney713 says: Aug 23, 2013 4:09 PM

    Failure just isn’t an option then.

  5. dalcow4 says: Aug 23, 2013 4:09 PM

    Looks like this season is adding up to be a failure, then.

    Zero chance that team goes deep in the playoffs. Too many good teams to get through.

  6. aamboca says: Aug 23, 2013 4:09 PM

    Sounds good to me.. but every team is headed for the Super Bowl in August!!!! HTTR!!

  7. daysend564 says: Aug 23, 2013 4:10 PM

    Be prepared to fail…

  8. jenkrh says: Aug 23, 2013 4:10 PM

    Let’s do this! HTTR

  9. madpunter88 says: Aug 23, 2013 4:10 PM

    Well that comment just solidified an 8-8 season

  10. dmazzott says: Aug 23, 2013 4:10 PM

    “Coaches coach, players play and together all of us can win championships,”

    Is he referring to SEC Championships or National Championships?

  11. scoops1 says: Aug 23, 2013 4:11 PM

    Rex Grossman is just the guy to get the Skin there

  12. somethingsmellsrotten says: Aug 23, 2013 4:12 PM

    Ummm…good luck with that.

  13. hart089 says: Aug 23, 2013 4:13 PM

    Epic Fail

  14. packerbackernj says: Aug 23, 2013 4:13 PM

    8-8 #godspeakstomethetruth

  15. gibson34 says: Aug 23, 2013 4:15 PM

    well I think we all can assure you will be a failure then this year…..SB…..please. team has so many holes and cant compete with the big boys……

    FAIL!!!!

  16. j0esixpack says: Aug 23, 2013 4:15 PM

    Nothing wrong with that…

    That attitude is a heckuva lot different than a head coach “guaranteeing” a Super Bowl victory

    Twice

  17. h0c2000 says: Aug 23, 2013 4:16 PM

    I predict failure

  18. firstroyal says: Aug 23, 2013 4:16 PM

    Rex, Rex is that you?

  19. badmude says: Aug 23, 2013 4:17 PM

    Prepare for failure.

  20. jason1980 says: Aug 23, 2013 4:18 PM

    That’s ridiculous Shanny…..you’ve got a porcelain doll for a QB, a Superbowl is not in your immediate future. Every team in the NFL wants to win the Superbowl, but not doing so is not failure. Drama queens are we – Redskins.

  21. henryjones20 says: Aug 23, 2013 4:19 PM

    what a way to set up your team to fail!

  22. Jimbo says: Aug 23, 2013 4:19 PM

    I’m confused. Does he still coach the Broncos?

  23. tommyturbo1969 says: Aug 23, 2013 4:19 PM

    31 other teams have that same goal….start by winning your division……would it surprise anybody to see the 6-10 miss the playoffs…

  24. pooflingingmonkey says: Aug 23, 2013 4:19 PM

    Prepare to fail, Mike.

    Not going to happen to the Redskins anytime soon.

  25. skum01 says: Aug 23, 2013 4:20 PM

    It should be the goal of every team, every year.

  26. Getoffmylawn! says: Aug 23, 2013 4:21 PM

    I smell failure.

  27. blackfootkiller says: Aug 23, 2013 4:21 PM

    What a dope…
    They won’t even win their division.

  28. brianratm says: Aug 23, 2013 4:21 PM

    Fired, last coaching job. Nice knowing you Mike

  29. wu36nyc says: Aug 23, 2013 4:21 PM

    Then expect a “FAILURE” to occur then.

  30. h8glazersgobucs says: Aug 23, 2013 4:22 PM

    Sounds like he is setting himself up for failure.

  31. patslaya says: Aug 23, 2013 4:23 PM

    Mike too Tanahan is already claiming that the season is a failure! Going to be hard to win a SB with RG3JR as your starting QB.

  32. wilsonwillbreaku says: Aug 23, 2013 4:23 PM

    SEA…SF…ATL…GB…are all better than you.

  33. gloryfromheaven says: Aug 23, 2013 4:23 PM

    I’d rather have a top 5 pick in the draft if my team doesn’t make it to the Super Bowl, just saying….

  34. dsimp724 says: Aug 23, 2013 4:23 PM

    Shanahan said owner Dan Snyder has given his team all of the resources it needs, and that the personnel department has built a team good enough to win it all.
    Now all they need is grass to play on so rg3 doesn’t kill himself again

  35. truninerfan49 says: Aug 23, 2013 4:23 PM

    I hate to tell you, but your season is about to be a failure rat face

  36. themagicman1223 says: Aug 23, 2013 4:23 PM

    Mike Shanahan better be prepared for failure then, he and his diva QB are going nowhere

  37. rayfinkleisonehellofamodelamerican says: Aug 23, 2013 4:24 PM

    Good Luck!

  38. skinswillsurprise says: Aug 23, 2013 4:24 PM

    Why is this news?? Every coach should say and feel this way!! HTTR!

  39. 1standinches says: Aug 23, 2013 4:24 PM

    Great statement and I agree with it, now let’s see what yall can do..

  40. Iknoweverything says: Aug 23, 2013 4:24 PM

    Well Shanny, be prepared for this season to be a failure then. And next year, and the year after, and after,…….
    Just think, you drank the media KoolAid, fell for the overhype, and wasted valueable draft picks to trade up and grab the FraudIII.
    You could have taken the drafts best QB later and had yourself a true leader, franchise QB, and enjoyed mjltiple future Super Bowls with Mr. Russell Wilson.
    Redskins are now stuck with a 1 and done overrated FRAUD at QB while Seattle will be dominating the next decade and enjoying multiple titles with the games best QB.
    Redskins will still be considered a failure each year while ghe fanbase and logicalvoices start wishing Shanny chose Russel Wilson instead

  41. nfloracle says: Aug 23, 2013 4:24 PM

    Yeah, the Panthers were saying the same thing a couple of years ago and look how that ended up. Snyder must have Shanahan on the hot seat, and rightfully so.

  42. citizenstrange says: Aug 23, 2013 4:25 PM

    That’s what I’M talkin’ bout!

  43. dwarftosser says: Aug 23, 2013 4:25 PM

    As the Dread Pirate Roberts once said, “Get used to disappointment.”

  44. dirtydrynn27 says: Aug 23, 2013 4:25 PM

    Go Redskins,dont pay any of these haters any mind,especially the ones that think Tony Romo and co.Will win the division,what a laugh,Go Redskins!!!!!

  45. tombradyswig says: Aug 23, 2013 4:26 PM

    LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  46. tennesseeoilers says: Aug 23, 2013 4:26 PM

    No pressure, RG III and Alfred Morris.

  47. staubach12ismyidol says: Aug 23, 2013 4:26 PM

    Someone needs to remind Rat Face that is how all 32 teams are measured. There are 31 failures each year, genius.

  48. dcdiggler says: Aug 23, 2013 4:26 PM

    …because championship or “bust” predictions have done our Nation’s Capital so well in recent years. C’mon Shanny! #HTTR!

  49. hakunamangata says: Aug 23, 2013 4:27 PM

    Failure it is then.

  50. ctattles says: Aug 23, 2013 4:27 PM

    They are not good enough to win the Super Bowl.

  51. skinsfanwill says: Aug 23, 2013 4:28 PM

    Jim Haslett sucks and I’m a huge Redskin fan. Till you do something about his “blitz everybody on 4th and 23 and let Dez Bryant get a first down in one on one coverage”, we will be just making the playoffs.

  52. marcuswelby1 says: Aug 23, 2013 4:28 PM

    Ah, they won’t even win their division!

  53. giantsalldaysb42461 says: Aug 23, 2013 4:29 PM

    Yea Right this is Grade A Oscar Meyer Bologna! #LogicalVoice&RedskinFans are gonna be Mighty Disappointed on how there Pistol/Read Option won’t work cause the League’s Caught On!

  54. Iknoweverything says: Aug 23, 2013 4:29 PM

    Tommorows front page headline:

    Shanahan suspended by the league, tests positive for mushrooms, pcp, acid, and is diagnosed with chronic cluelessness

  55. vikingarsk says: Aug 23, 2013 4:31 PM

    Based on the above statements, I assume he has only one year left on his contract.

  56. Iknoweverything says: Aug 23, 2013 4:31 PM

    Shanny should stop hanging around Bronco players. That stuff is messing up your minds

  57. camdenyard says: Aug 23, 2013 4:31 PM

    Welp…better be prepared for failure then.

  58. baywatchboy says: Aug 23, 2013 4:32 PM

    Then when they don’t make it, can they get rid of Shanatan?

  59. realfootballfan says: Aug 23, 2013 4:33 PM

    Well, get ready for failure.

  60. ravanator says: Aug 23, 2013 4:33 PM

    “They have set the expectations: anything short of a Super Bowl is a failure.”

    Be prepared for an epic FAIL. A team with no talent at QB rarely wins the SuperBowl. And I don’t think the paper thin defense can carry the unproductive offense. R-Words fans are used to failure and will accept it.

  61. jaysay3178 says: Aug 23, 2013 4:34 PM

    I think Shanahan been hanging out with Fred Davis and Trent Williams a little to much. Put the drugs Down!!

  62. skinsrock says: Aug 23, 2013 4:37 PM

    Winner’s mentality…. no excuses… Let’s GO!

  63. butchhickory says: Aug 23, 2013 4:37 PM

    Every team should go into a season thinking they are going to win it all. The redskins are not going to however.
    Ravens will though.

  64. drich1960 says: Aug 23, 2013 4:37 PM

    Yea so does every other player on every other team….some teams actually have real QBs with healthy knees Good luck with that. Go Vikes

  65. endzone says: Aug 23, 2013 4:38 PM

    Man! I’ll have some of whatever he’s drinking or smoking!

  66. rickdday says: Aug 23, 2013 4:39 PM

    *hurk hurk* Yah right.

  67. northstarnic says: Aug 23, 2013 4:39 PM

    Better do it soon before RGlass3 falls apart.

  68. nick255 says: Aug 23, 2013 4:39 PM

    Brace yourselves for failure….

  69. payton2kemp says: Aug 23, 2013 4:39 PM

    You can start by taking care of your field this year!

  70. hehateme2 says: Aug 23, 2013 4:40 PM

    Wow! Talk about setting yourself up for failure… L@TR

  71. censoredagain says: Aug 23, 2013 4:41 PM

    Pack it in now, Mike. It ain’t happening!

  72. blacknole08 says: Aug 23, 2013 4:41 PM

    I actually like their chances with RG3 and I think he wins one before his career is done.

  73. slugbaitspace says: Aug 23, 2013 4:42 PM

    Is he SURE his team has ALL of the resources it needs?

    Like, a decent football field?

  74. skinsfan91 says: Aug 23, 2013 4:43 PM

    This was also at the annual player luncheon where they give out awards. Not a press conference.

  75. theseekeroffun says: Aug 23, 2013 4:43 PM

    Failure it is…….

  76. s0merand0mguy says: Aug 23, 2013 4:44 PM

    Well then it looks like you are destined to be a failure this year. You failed the redskins fan base last season by getting RG3 ripped apart in a playoff game. I’m glad this clown is not my coach.

  77. gregmorris78 says: Aug 23, 2013 4:46 PM

    The bar is set but it isn’t anything any of the good teams don’t say every year. It’s kind of a non story.

    I did like the proud part. Shanahan knows how to run a team.

    I’m going to the opening Monday night vs eagles and am siked!

  78. chasewalshsl says: Aug 23, 2013 4:46 PM

    considering we have to hear a story about RGIII every day while he’s been rehabbing it’s kinda obvious.

  79. loyalraven says: Aug 23, 2013 4:46 PM

    LOL

  80. braceyourselffor12 says: Aug 23, 2013 4:48 PM

    Soooo … Failure.

  81. chuckchillout says: Aug 23, 2013 4:48 PM

    Someone forgot his “reality” pills today.

    I’d love for him to explain how the Redskins are better than the 49ers, Seahawks, Falcons, and Packers.

  82. overratedsteelerhater says: Aug 23, 2013 4:49 PM

    looks like its going to be a failure.HTTR

  83. jjb0811 says: Aug 23, 2013 4:50 PM

    HTTR!!! Hoist the Lombardi!

  84. papoose059 says: Aug 23, 2013 4:50 PM

    At the time of the 2012 draft, I thought Luck would be the much better player and the Redskins mortgaged way to much to acquire RG3. But IMO RG3 has shown this attribute that very few players have, I guess they call it the “it” factor or whatever.. I wouldn’t be the surprised at all if this kid takes the Redskins to the promised land.

    -Fan of some obscure AFC team

  85. Dennis Allen's Outgoing Persona says: Aug 23, 2013 4:50 PM

    Ok! You heard it here first. Shanahan is gunning for the superbowl and so is Rex Ryan. Superbowl is going to be Jets vs .Redskins in NY… now if you’ll excuse me it’s time to re-up on my crazy pills.

  86. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 23, 2013 4:51 PM

    Prepare yourself for failure.

  87. j972 says: Aug 23, 2013 4:52 PM

    Deep thoughts by Mike Shanny.

  88. greymares says: Aug 23, 2013 4:53 PM

    The only way Redskins and Super Bowl can be mentioned in the same paragraph is if you were listing all past winners

  89. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 23, 2013 4:54 PM

    It’s a long and winding maze to the SB, Mike.

  90. pioniere says: Aug 23, 2013 4:54 PM

    Prepare to fail Shanahan.

  91. bengalguy says: Aug 23, 2013 4:58 PM

    Get ready to be disappointed !!!!!!

  92. ocgunslinger says: Aug 23, 2013 4:58 PM

    I agree with him….the Skins will be tough this year. But like a horse race….a thousand ways to lose it and only one way to win.

  93. dannyreneau says: Aug 23, 2013 4:58 PM

    Sometimes i wonder if these coaches and football players watch the same games that we do.

  94. duncanthecat says: Aug 23, 2013 4:59 PM

    Why not. They are a top 8 team and time will tell who is peaking at the end of the season.

  95. whatjusthapped says: Aug 23, 2013 4:59 PM

    Get ready to fail then because your team is nowhere near a contender, not even in the same zip code as the powerhouse teams of the NFC.

  96. wearethechampsandyourenot says: Aug 23, 2013 5:00 PM

    looks like this team will be a failure for the next 300 years

  97. lonespeed says: Aug 23, 2013 5:00 PM

    I doubt they’ll win the NFC East, never mind get to the Super Bowl.

  98. truthplainandsimple says: Aug 23, 2013 5:00 PM

    As a Washington fan, this is one of the many reasons I hate Shanahan (and Snyder…and the front office…and the name Redskins…and I really a fan, anymore? IDK). Super Bowl or bust after our star QB is coming off of ACL surgery, huh? The arrogance of this guy. SMH.

  99. Tyler says: Aug 23, 2013 5:01 PM

    Isn’t that every teams philosophy?

  100. ohioteamsusuallysuck says: Aug 23, 2013 5:01 PM

    The NFC east is so balanced. I could see every team finish or last and I wouldn’t be surprised either way. You can’t say that about that many divisions

  101. rickyspanish says: Aug 23, 2013 5:01 PM

    Well, I guess they should prepare for failure.

  102. andyp03 says: Aug 23, 2013 5:02 PM

    lol good one.

  103. 302baller says: Aug 23, 2013 5:05 PM

    ROTFL. Redskins have one good year and now they’re talking Super Bowl or Bust. They better try to win week one first. Shanahan is overrated. Rex Ryan could’ve won Super Bowl XXXII if he had Elway & T. Davis. ‘Skins, their ugly uniforms, their overrated coach, stupid Hail to the Redskins song and their fragile QB better get used to Failure then. They will not even make the playoffs with Giants or Eagles winning the division.

  104. waitingguilty says: Aug 23, 2013 5:06 PM

    HTTR!

  105. britishraven says: Aug 23, 2013 5:06 PM

    No way does this team get anywhere near the Superbowl

  106. sandblastermoron says: Aug 23, 2013 5:08 PM

    Yeah, and I want to win the lottery! Neither will happen!

  107. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Aug 23, 2013 5:08 PM

    Yeah. Good luck on that without Miller or Bailey for the first several games. The Broncos are one neck injury away from being basement dwellers. They’re very lucky they play in such a week division.

  108. masterblaster78 says: Aug 23, 2013 5:10 PM

    Ratface Shanahan you are a failure and so are the Deadskins. Both are losers

  109. meatheadsmakemelaugh says: Aug 23, 2013 5:12 PM

    Operation: Failure

  110. slowclyde86 says: Aug 23, 2013 5:14 PM

    Does this mean Shanny signed Elway? I thought he retired.

  111. thegronk87 says: Aug 23, 2013 5:15 PM

    Nothing wrong with what he said. If you aren’t playing to win it all then don’t play at all. Most of you aren’t fans of teams with a winning tradition, so the dumb comments above are understandable.

  112. indywilson40 says: Aug 23, 2013 5:16 PM

    To quote the famous Stan Gable, “we’ll see you in about, uh, 20 years”. Prepare to fail, nerd.

  113. tinopuno says: Aug 23, 2013 5:16 PM

    waitingguilty says:

    HTTR!

    ———————————————————-

    Brilliant!

  114. araidersfan says: Aug 23, 2013 5:17 PM

    It looks like Shana-rat is trying to give Jerry Jones competition for being the biggest lunatic in the NFC East.

    The fact of the matter is that Shan-rat has never sniffed a Super Bowl appearance without a HOFer as his QB.

  115. twilson962 says: Aug 23, 2013 5:17 PM

    I’d love to see it… but let’s shoot for two good years in a row first.

  116. justintuckrule says: Aug 23, 2013 5:17 PM

    If Rex Grossman can lead the Bears to one I guess it’s possible that he can lead the Skins there too.

  117. joetoronto says: Aug 23, 2013 5:17 PM

    This just in, EVERY team strives to win the Super Bowl every year.

    There’s only 1 winner and 31 losers.

    No one remembers regular season winners, no one.

  118. rg3andthensome says: Aug 23, 2013 5:19 PM

    BOUT TIME SKINS! LET’S DO THIS!

    HTTR!

  119. zatoichi7 says: Aug 23, 2013 5:19 PM

    would you want your coach to feel any differently?

  120. laserw says: Aug 23, 2013 5:20 PM

    Those who judge the Redskins of 2013 by the teams for the early 2000′s are fools. This team is radically different in makeup and coaching. Offensively they are innovative and adaptable. Defensively they are now well-suited to their personnel and will start the year with most personnel healthy and will get their druggies back for the fifth game. And unlike any of the teams since Synder took over (including Gibbs 2.0), this team is deep in running back and finally has wide receivers that can do damage. The question mark is whether the China Doll will continue to be a running back who thinks he can throw or if he will grow up and man up and finally develop into a leader that he never was in college and never has been as a pro.

    Judging this team by the teams in their division, they can definitely hold their own now and are better coached than the Cowboys and Iggles and have more talent than the Giants.

  121. peytonsneck18 says: Aug 23, 2013 5:21 PM

    this whole organization needs to be drug tested, they cant be sober……….

  122. n0hopeleft says: Aug 23, 2013 5:24 PM

    This team is in the headlines literally everyday, and all for the wrong reasons.

    Ticking time bomb.

  123. zatoichi7 says: Aug 23, 2013 5:25 PM

    shanahan is one of the best in the game, and the redskins will go deep into the playoffs. httr!

  124. bnwillard says: Aug 23, 2013 5:27 PM

    I think it’s great the HC in DC has some confidence after last year’s improvement – but .. The NFC East is now the weakest division in football. And RG3 can’t play defense. Or special teams. Or run the ball without being hospitalized.

  125. dutchkindelberger says: Aug 23, 2013 5:29 PM

    Hey, why not?

    They’re better than the last two Super Bowl Champions, which they have proved by beating them both.

    Repeatedly with regards to the Giants.

  126. peytonsneck18 says: Aug 23, 2013 5:30 PM

    the redskins have transformed into the Jets

  127. sportnorcal says: Aug 23, 2013 5:31 PM

    I wanna rip on the guy, but reality tells me that this time of year EVERY team sets that goal.

    I think it adds a bit too much on the shoulders of RG3 also, especially at his young age and already working his butt off to come back from that injury.

  128. hater79 says: Aug 23, 2013 5:32 PM

    Looking at the comments here coaches should set the bar at “oh well let’s back into the playoffs and lose in round one” if they are not the Patriots, Broncos, or 49ers.

  129. heeltouchdown.com says: Aug 23, 2013 5:32 PM

    I think Shanahan should be more focused on achieving a winning record first and then making making the playoffs. That should be his team’s number one goal. Big expectations always lead to big disappointments. Just ask Tim Tebow.

  130. onearmsteven says: Aug 23, 2013 5:34 PM

    Comment section is utterly ridiculous. Every team says the exact same thing right now. Whether it be the raiders, jaguars, redskins, or the 49ers. No coach or player aims to just be 8-8 and be mediocre

    And laugh out loud at the eagles, with Michael Vick and chip Kelly leading the way, winning the division

  131. getyourownname says: Aug 23, 2013 5:37 PM

    Skins fans have long been noted for immediately forecasting SB wins from offseason moves and preseason wins. It’s legendary in DC how they always win the Offseason.

    But I can’t fault players for being optimistic.

  132. seatownballers says: Aug 23, 2013 5:37 PM

    Skins might their win division again. Then get beat by Seattle again.

  133. justwinbaby29 says: Aug 23, 2013 5:39 PM

    Raiders 38 Redskins 9 – Love to see it happen again!

  134. tedmurph says: Aug 23, 2013 5:45 PM

    How about winning the division 1rst. That should be tough enough, esp with that D and RG3 coming off a knee injury.

  135. raiderlyfe510 says: Aug 23, 2013 5:50 PM

    Last year wasnt a fluke. Shanahan had a 5 year plan to turn the Redskins into a Championship contender. This is year 4. They’re right on schedule…a little ahead of schedule actually.

  136. gzinn18631 says: Aug 23, 2013 5:53 PM

    If you don’t believe that the Redskins have a chance to win the Superbowl this year, then you don’t keep up with football very well. Not saying they are favored, but once the playoffs start, if there healthy, look out. That’s a fact…JACK!

  137. wamj2008 says: Aug 23, 2013 5:55 PM

    When I saw the headline I thought “Denver is going Super Bowl or bust, this makes sense” and I clicked on the article and remembered Shanny coaches the Skins now. Lol.

  138. iceburgskin202 says: Aug 23, 2013 6:00 PM

    I think any coach and team that won their division the previous year should feel that way the next year.

  139. gzinn18631 says: Aug 23, 2013 6:04 PM

    gibson34 says: Aug 23, 2013 4:15 PM

    well I think we all can assure you will be a failure then this year…..SB…..please. team has so many holes and cant compete with the big boys……
    ———————————————————-
    Can’t compete with the big boys? We beat last years super bowl champs, we were on are way to beating the Seahawks in the playoffs till Griffin goes down. We lost a close one to Atlanta without 4 main starters last year. And we will see this year how we matchup against San Fran. I think we are one of the “big boys”. Don’t know who you root for, but I promise you will be scared if you play this team in the playoffs…HTTR

  140. djohnson757 says: Aug 23, 2013 6:08 PM

    So much hating up in here….all y’all must be scared! HTTR!

  141. httrsince1978 says: Aug 23, 2013 6:13 PM

    Really? Eagles? Do you even WATCH football? So much fear…so much jealousy. See you back here in January and if you’re man enough you can apologize then.

  142. badgerbuck says: Aug 23, 2013 6:29 PM

    Looks like there will be a coaching job open in Washington next year.

  143. goldrush94 says: Aug 23, 2013 6:29 PM

    you’re setting yourself up mikey.

  144. officialgame says: Aug 23, 2013 6:37 PM

    On one hand you can’t knock a coach for saying that and putting pressure on himself. As a fan of a rival team and one who understands there are at least 4 teams better then the Skins in the conference I believe Skeletor Man will crash and burn.

  145. Dolphins Nation says: Aug 23, 2013 6:41 PM

    FIRED!

  146. cmdrsmooth says: Aug 23, 2013 6:44 PM

    Rex Shanahan

  147. boyshole25 says: Aug 23, 2013 6:52 PM

    Httr! Get em

  148. jrebar88 says: Aug 23, 2013 6:53 PM

    “anything short of a Super Bowl is a failure”

    You dont say?

  149. billhicks666 says: Aug 23, 2013 6:55 PM

    I personally think Shanahan is overrated as a head coach. He won two SuperBowls with the Broncos but had John Elway as his QB. Since then, Shanahan hasn’t come close to winning one. I’ve always been a Redskins fan and would like to see them make it to the big dance, but I just don’t see it with their current roster.

  150. thrashbrowns says: Aug 23, 2013 6:55 PM

    Get ready for failure.

  151. taintedlombardis says: Aug 23, 2013 7:02 PM

    Seattle Seahawks lol. They looked like a JV squad against RG3. Keep on squawking losers.

  152. s0merand0mguy says: Aug 23, 2013 7:02 PM

    wilsonwillbreaku says:
    Aug 23, 2013 4:23 PM
    SEA…SF…ATL…GB…are all better than you.
    ________

    And MAYBE one of those teams will make the super bowl. Those teams looked good last year and good on paper. Wait till the season starts before you start chalking up who is better then who.

  153. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Aug 23, 2013 7:02 PM

    Hopefully they don’t have the same results after saying that as the Nationals did when Davey said “World Series or bust.” Otherwise it’ll be a long season for the Redskins

  154. s0merand0mguy says: Aug 23, 2013 7:06 PM

    httrsince1978 says:
    Aug 23, 2013 6:13 PM
    Really? Eagles? Do you even WATCH football? So much fear…so much jealousy. See you back here in January and if you’re man enough you can apologize then.

    Yeah, I do watch football. We have a superior QB, coach, RB’s, WR’s, TE’s, offensive line.. Our biggest question mark is the defense. Defense will be fine just need more time to gel together. You skins fans have no room to talk about “really? Eagles?” yeah the same team with the same QB that torched you and gave redskins fans nightmares. The football god a.k.a Chip Kelly will spank you AGAIN come 1st season game and I can’t wait!

  155. kev86 says: Aug 23, 2013 7:12 PM

    Talk is cheap – Tom Coughlin

  156. flyinmysoup1029 says: Aug 23, 2013 7:18 PM

    He just means that if they don’t make it to Super Bowl week without being forced to change their mascot, then it will be a failure.

  157. thetooloftools says: Aug 23, 2013 7:24 PM

    That’s funny. The Steelers have been saying that for 25 years.

  158. FlashPatterson says: Aug 23, 2013 7:51 PM

    Why would a coach set his team up for failure like that? Let’s be serious here, they R-words aren’t going to win the superbowl this year.

  159. baddegg says: Aug 23, 2013 7:56 PM

    All I have to say is, “I’m glad that Shanahan is coaching this team and not the losers making all these snarky comments.

    What is your goal this year coach?

    “Um, we just want to go 8-8 this year, and then next year, 9-7. The other teams are just too good for us.”

    You are right, guys, that sounds a lot better.

    Maybe there’s a reason why he’s an NFL coach and you are typing snarky comments from your basement.

  160. redskinfansince82 says: Aug 23, 2013 7:59 PM

    Everybody calm down it’s still preseason. With that said we have improved our team and It looks really good that we can make another playoff run. NOBODY WANTS TO PLAY A HEALTHY RGIII IN THE PLAYOFFS!!!!! httr!!!!

  161. larrydavid7000 says: Aug 23, 2013 8:25 PM

    This WASHINGTON REDSKINS TEAM WILL NOT ONLY DOMINATED BUT WILL BE 19-0. !!!!!!!!!!”

  162. sbmcintosh36 says: Aug 23, 2013 8:26 PM

    This can’t be true I was informed only Rex Ryan made super bowl claims. ..

  163. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 23, 2013 8:46 PM

    Shanahan has been there before so he knows what it takes. Barring major injuries, they are in the hunt.

  164. everyoneholdsorakpo says: Aug 23, 2013 8:55 PM

    I love all these seahawks here. If RG3 is healthy last year, you would be 1 and done. A QB with 1 leg just about took you out. This year is different, and you would be best to tone your silly rhetoric down. Healthy RG3 , Healthy Orakpo, Healthy Garcon….don’t underestimate what Shanny is saying. Those that say RG3 will not make it through the season………just saying one thing……you better hope he doesn’t. HTTR

  165. bighurt228 says: Aug 23, 2013 8:56 PM

    Seriously?? You better keep that thin, undersized, frail young quarterback with the very fragile knee upright and in the pocket.!! If you have him run the pistol, you may be 8-8.

  166. fiverings37 says: Aug 23, 2013 9:00 PM

    you fail, Mike.

  167. thefootballgodssay says: Aug 23, 2013 9:07 PM

    not #FTTR FAIL TO THE REDSKINS

  168. abninf says: Aug 23, 2013 9:27 PM

    Is he gonna get a tattoo of Griffin next?

  169. skinsfan91 says: Aug 23, 2013 9:44 PM

    Russell Wilson. Two picks in the this preseason first half so far.

  170. bookofelisha10 says: Aug 23, 2013 10:03 PM

    as long as ELI is in your division expect failure after failure.

  171. mrhoban says: Aug 23, 2013 10:05 PM

    Hey did anyone say be prepared to fail yet?!

  172. rmcnulty234 says: Aug 23, 2013 10:10 PM

    his players believe that they have what it takes to win the Super Bowl, and they won’t settle for anything less. Mike Shanahan never guaranteed anything. People need to learn to read between the lines.

  173. monkeyhateclean says: Aug 23, 2013 10:14 PM

    When you KNOW you are finishing 4th in your own division, and you say something even close to this, you are asking to be fired.

    Can’t blame Shanny, he is rolling with easily the worst QB in the league as his starter, meanwhile, his backup would start on over 15 teams in the league.

    “Sorry RGIII: Shanny Can’t Coach Stupid”*

    *copyright 2013: any t-shirt with this phrase violates my copyright and owes me all the money earned, before gross. I came up with it and so I gets ALL the monies! I’ll sue everone, I have lots of money.

  174. graphis56 says: Aug 23, 2013 10:57 PM

    The game has passed this arrogant little man by. Shanahan would stab his family to win a title with the Skins. He will ruin this player if it is left to his myopic, egomaniacal whims.

  175. philahitman says: Aug 23, 2013 11:31 PM

    “…Because RG3 is only gonna last 5 years the way I coach him.”

    -M.S.

  176. ezg1 says: Aug 23, 2013 11:53 PM

    Mule Muffins to the distractors!

    HTTR

  177. GenXJay says: Aug 23, 2013 11:59 PM

    “Shanahan said owner Dan Snyder has given his team all of the resources it needs…”

    Blown knees would disagree. Replace FedEx Field turf, then you may be on to something Michael.

  178. lagg1 says: Aug 24, 2013 12:58 AM

    Sorry-after this year, make that 22 years without a SB win-HTTDS

  179. slugbaitspace says: Aug 24, 2013 3:30 AM

    joetoronto says: Aug 23, 2013 5:17 PM

    This just in, EVERY team strives to win the Super Bowl every year.

    There’s only 1 winner and 31 losers.

    No one remembers regular season winners, no one.
    —————
    This just in, EVERY person on this board remembers the Patriots won 16 regular season games, every one.

    Except maybe joetoronto…

  180. johanvil says: Aug 24, 2013 4:09 AM

    That’s a hell lot of responsibility on Cousin’s shoulders….

  181. goindy2006 says: Aug 24, 2013 7:28 AM

    I would be a little disappointed if there were not 32 head coaches with this same mentality. He might as well said just win baby!!! ;)

  182. historyisyourfriend says: Aug 24, 2013 10:18 AM

    Good attitude to have but reality is that the Redskins hopes all bank on a running QB who was injured in college, and already injured in his first year in the NFL. I don’t see anything that makes me think that as soon as RGIII gets trotted out there that it won’t happen again. Especially with Shanahan who is famous for grinding talented players into dust (Terrell Davis exhibit A).

  183. listenup823 says: Aug 24, 2013 1:45 PM

    Well, duh!

  184. dikelmm1 says: Aug 25, 2013 3:29 AM

    Remember, when the Redskins won three Super Bowls under Gibbs, no one predicted the preseason except themselves.

  185. gaboy49er says: Aug 25, 2013 9:21 AM

    Super Bowl?? Get ready for failure.

  186. rasta028 says: Aug 25, 2013 2:30 PM

    They did replace the turf clueless ones….

  187. andyreidisabeachedwalrus says: Aug 25, 2013 3:50 PM

    Old red eyes Shanny is drinking logicalvoicesays kool aid it appears.

  188. thirdistheworrd says: Aug 25, 2013 8:35 PM

    dennisatunity says: Aug 23, 2013 4:07 PM

    It’s good to have high expectations. Nobody wants to root for a team with mediocre expectations. Having said that, I think you’ve set yourselves up for failure. You just don’t have the horses to get past the 49ers or the Seahawks or the Falcons. But best of luck to you! I hope you do well.
    ___________________
    You make a good point, but at the same time, for every team, every season, even those in rebuilding mode, the goal is to win the Super Bowl. And every year, 31 of those teams will fail.

    Statements like this are bold, but Shanahan is not setting himself up for failure any more than any NFL franchise that puts a team on the field each Sunday.

  189. skins1970 says: Aug 26, 2013 6:46 PM

    This isn’t news every coach in the NFL thinks this, Also Eagles and Seahawks fans you can’t talk until you have won a SB.

  190. gcirasunda says: Aug 26, 2013 10:40 PM

    Give the guy a break…. Skins have just as good a chance as anyone this year…. Yes there a few good teams in the NFC … Skins do have a tough schedule this year but if they do make playoffs they have legit chance just like everyone else…. All these fraud fans just posting a bunch of bs …. Lol funny actually nothing wrong with feeling good about this team with plenty of depth …. They have a shot …. I’m a skins fan ill say it …. Should be fun year …. We shall see when the lights go on in 2 weeks ….

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