Dec 29, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan walks off the field after a game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. The Giants defeated the Redskins 20-6. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Shanahan wants to coach but only for a Super Bowl contender

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Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan was a hero to the organization after he and Robert Griffin III helped guide the team to a surprising playoff appearance in 2012, but all of that went out the window in a disastrous 2013 season that turned into an embarrassing soap opera. The friction between Shanahan and RG3 was more captivating than the actual product on the field, which exacerbated these issues. Their ultimate falling out led to Dan Snyder unsurprisingly siding with his star quarterback and kicking both his head coach and the coach’s son Kyle Shanahan to the curb. While Kyle is the Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator and could climb up due to his creativity, his 61-year-old father is content with staying out of coaching unless the right opportunity surfaces.

Shanahan told the USA Today’s Jarrett Bell that he’s still interested in coaching in this league, but he would only consider coming back if he were able to sign on with a legitimate Super Bowl contender. The former Denver Broncos head man stated, “If I get back into coaching, it would have to be a situation where there was a realistic opportunity to win a Super Bowl.”

It’s not uncommon for older, already well-accomplished head coaches to turn away from rebuilding projects or middling teams, and it makes perfect sense for Shanahan to only be open to joining a top program. This, of course, would be a very rare opportunity, and the ownership situation would also have to be comfortable, considering the fractured relationship he and stubborn Redskins owner Snyder had in D.C.

Click the link above for more from Shanahan, including his thoughts on Broncos owner Pat Bowlen. I highly recommend reading the rest of Bell’s interview for more thoughts from Shanny.

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