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Should The Skins Extend Shanny? (POLL)

I didn’t realize anyone was considering extending Mike Shanahan’s five-year, $35 million contract beyond next season, when it’s set to expire. If anything, I thought the logic went one of two ways: a) fire him now/after this season or b) let him coach out the deal/see how 2014 goes.

But today is Mike Shanahan Extension Day, apparently, kicked off by Jason Reid calling for him to be extended and continued by Shanny himself fielding extension questions. Reid’s thinking is as follows:

The Redskins could have $20 million in salary cap room for the 2014 season. Assuming Shanahan is brought back, he’ll determine how the money is spent. And since Shanahan’s decisions will set the Redskins’ course for years, he should receive a contract extension to complete the journey with them.

Given Shanny’s record with the Skins (24-33) and this season’s raging dumpster fire, I don’t see why Dan Snyder would extend him now. Then again, Snyder did bankroll Shanny’s decision to extend a broken-down Donovan McNabb three years ago.

So what do you think? Would love to gauge public opinion on this one as of right now, before circumstances inevitably change.

D.C. sports fan and digital media guy that's been doing this since 2004. Once threw a football further than Chris Cooley.



  1. Chris Williams

    November 13, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Well, the franchise upgrade from laughing stock to dumpster fire. So, there’s that. Oh, and he won a division which no one else could do with this franchise.

  2. Snyder's Bitch

    November 13, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    I could stand keeping Shanny, but Haz needs to go. We’ve got to be able to do better than him.

  3. burgertime

    November 14, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    feel like the shanahan is a much better drafter/talent evaluator than coach. wish we had him in that role exclusively.

    unfortunately, he’s the best we’ve had in a long while, so….

  4. JDobs2

    November 14, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    If Shanny fires Haslett, I’m down with a 20 year contract.

  5. TJL

    November 14, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Tough one

    If one says that extending him is about acknowledging/rewarding all the wonderful things he’s done here, then of course he shouldn’t be fucking extended.

    Problem is there’s no guarantee (I’d say it’s not even likely) that someone better will be available.

    Haz PSGO

  6. Puttz

    November 14, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    We are far better off under Allen and Shanny. If Shanny isn’t extended, who are you going to replace him with? That was the mistake MD made. You better know you are going to upgrade.

    Fire Haslett now

  7. DocJ

    November 14, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    I am not sure about extending but I am definitely sure he needs to be here next year. He has yet to have a normal full offseason, Year 1 was trying to salvage the team already in place and just getting accustomed to what he had, Year 2 was the lockout, Year 3 and 4 were the cap penalties. That means this year he should be free to upgrade a few positions through FA and add some depth. Also an offseason of RG3 concentrating on improving as a QB could also help. If he can make the playoffs next year, I am fine with an extension.

  8. SeanWB

    November 14, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    DocJ makes the most sense here, although every shitty team can make excuses. I wonder if Andy Reid is available??

    Definitely need WRs. Maybe Decker or Kenny Britt in f.a.? Need some secondary and o-line after that. Will also be interesting to see how the team handles Orakpo, who hasn’t given us too much outside of his INT return. 4 sacks on the year, and not a ton of pressure/penalties either.

  9. Ketel on Rocks

    November 14, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    No to an extension right now — what’s the benefit?

    And Shanny needs to be back next year. I don’t care if the skins lose all their games the rest of the way. Another 3 year and out HC change and no half decent coach would look to sign up with this schizo franchise.

    Maintain stability.

    Let’s keep RGIII healthy for next year, and get some reasonable free agents. After 2014, then review what kind of contract Shanny deserves.

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