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Shanahan backs Coughlin

Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan gives direction

Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan gives direction to his players in the second quarter as the Dallas Cowboys faced the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, Sunday, September 12, 2010. (Linda D. Epstein/MCT) Photo Credit: MCT/Linda D. Epstein

We asked a lot of people about Tom Coughlin’s job security yesterday. One of the answers I forgot to blog here was the reaction of Redskins coach Mike Shanahan who, like Coughlin, is a Super Bowl-winning coach.

“You just kind of scratch your head,” Shanahan said of all the talk. “They have one heck of a football coach that’s won very consistently and just won the Super Bowl a few years back. These people understand. If they watch the game film and they watch Michael Vick in a few of the plays, you just have to laugh as a coach and say, ‘How does a human being make those many plays?’ He’s the only guy who could bring a team back like that. I don’t think I’ve seen a comeback like that with one player being the difference in the many years that I’ve been in the league. I think you take a look at Aaron Rodgers and a few of his escapes and his ability to throw on the run. I think the people in the profession know what a great job he does and why they won a Super Bowl a few years back.”

That said, Shanahan said that NFL head coaches are always coaching for their jobs.

“That’s your mindset in this league,” Shanahan said. “You don’t think about what you’ve done in your past. You always want to do a good job representing your organization and your team. This is a very competitive business. So, you’re always fighting for your job.”

Oh, today is the two year anniversary of the Broncos firing Shanahan.
 

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