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Shanahan isn’t thinking about his next contract

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For most coaches who are preparing to enter the final year of a contract, the current deal either is extended — or terminated.  Lame-duck coaches rarely thrive, and Redskins coach Mike Shanahan will have that label in 2014, absent an extension.

As he enters the home stretch of the last year before he enters the last year of his deal, Shanahan says he isn’t thinking about the contractual situation.

“I’ve got a contract for next year,” Shanahan told reporters on Wednesday.  “I’ve got a contract this year.  I’m concerned about our games.  I’ve been very lucky — I’ve been in this profession for a long time and your focus is on your job.  And I say that with all due sincerity — it’s something I do not think about.  Anytime I talk about a contract, if it’s with a player or a coach, it’s always after the season.  Once we get started, we don’t talk about it because we’ve got to focus on each game and if you don’t focus on the game you take away from what you’re trying to accomplish.”

In response to a different question, Shanahan addressed the problems that can arise when players start thinking about their own contracts.

“If you’re a guy that’s really worried about your contract and not worried about the job that you’re doing you might not have the right guy anyhow,” Shanahan said. “So we’re hoping we have guys that want to go out and give us everything that they have to possibly get that new contract if that’s what their motivation is. So I can’t speak for them but I think anybody that’s in the last year of their contract — some of these players — we understand the reality of what we’re dealing with. They’d like to put the best performance on tape. That gives them more leverage and rightfully so. We’d like our players to make as much money as possible because they work extremely hard for us.”

Shanahan’s best chance to get leverage toward a new contract is to have his players who are looking for leverage for their own contracts to win some games. Unless the team can duplicate its 2012 push from 3-6 to the playoffs, the final year of Shanahan’s contract in Washington may entail him getting paid to not work.

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15 Responses to “Shanahan isn’t thinking about his next contract”
  1. fdugrad says: Nov 13, 2013 8:55 PM

    If I were him I wouldn’t be thinking about it either.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 13, 2013 8:58 PM

    Well if they don’t make the playoffs this year perhaps they can win the division next year at 6-10. Somebody has to win that 4-way tiebreaker. Ok I kid, let’s call it 7-8-1 for all.

  3. patljr7 says: Nov 13, 2013 9:16 PM

    They asked the wrong Shanahan that question.

  4. steelersaregodsteam says: Nov 13, 2013 9:29 PM

    Time to rebuild — again.

  5. MichaelWrites says: Nov 13, 2013 9:38 PM

    His next contract damn sure won’t be with the Washington Bravehearts.

  6. amgdds says: Nov 13, 2013 9:41 PM

    Because he’s not getting one

  7. borisbulldog says: Nov 13, 2013 9:46 PM

    He needs to be concerned about 2 #1 picks given away for an average QB!

  8. tfbuckfutter says: Nov 13, 2013 9:54 PM

    I don’t believe he isn’t thinking about his contract.

    Someone strap him to a lie-detector.

  9. j0esixpack says: Nov 13, 2013 10:31 PM

    I take Shanahan at his word on this one – and I’d think most coaches are exactly the same way.

    When it comes time to talk contract, they’re all business.

    But during the football season all these guys care about is winning.

    And ultimately, winning solves everything.

    That’s where Shanahan’s focus is. With only a few exceptions, I think most NFL coaches are the same way.

  10. TheDPR says: Nov 13, 2013 10:46 PM

    He hasn’t earned another head coaching contract.

  11. skinsfan91 says: Nov 13, 2013 11:44 PM

    Shanahan has done some dang good things with this team. We haven’t been a ridiculous FA team. We’ve built through the draft. It’s going to take some time but I like the moves Shanny has made.

  12. misterdreamer119 says: Nov 13, 2013 11:54 PM

    No Elway. No good.

  13. laserw says: Nov 14, 2013 12:07 AM

    As long as number 10 is behind center, the team will continue to lose. He was bailed out last year by a backup and this year will not be pretty if Halloween Griffin (wears QB costume) plays all 16 games. He has a losing record as a QB.

  14. kd75 says: Nov 14, 2013 1:01 AM

    Shanahan wasn’t a genius with the Broncos and Shanahan isn’t stupid with the Redskins.

    You have to put a team around him.

  15. walter0247 says: Nov 14, 2013 8:42 AM

    Well considering he has had a 32 million dollar cap penalty imposed on his team he’s doing a fantastic job.

    That’s a star caliber player contract right there, or 2 great players, or just depth for injuries… which the Skins don’t have at all.

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