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Mike Shanahan Doesn't Want You Tempering Your Expectations

Posted by Matt Terl on July 23, 2010 – 10:11 am

Writing over at the Redskins.com mothership, Larry Weisman has a wide-ranging interview with new head coach Mike Shanahan to get you ready for next week’s launch of training camp. There are a lot of topics covered — what the coach did with his year off, what it’s like working with his son Kyle, the importance of wives to coaching — but I think this is the money quote:

Q: This town always expects a return to greatness and expects it quickly. Do you have to ask people to dial back their expectations after a 4-12 season and so many changes?

A: “You don’t have to temper that. That’s what you should expect and that’s what the fans should expect. If you don’t have that belief, if you don’t believe and the fans don’t believe, chances are the players aren’t going to believe. To go through a season 8-8 in Denver, I didn’t want to go out, I didn’t want to eat. You’re embarrassed because it’s your name on the football team. You represent the city and the football team and you don’t want to have those tough years.”

The level of fan embarrassment and frustration during last year’s 4-12 campaign was off the charts. Having a coach who admits to reacting similarly during a season with twice as many wins … that can only be considered a good thing.

But you heard it: the coach says you are all cleared to go ahead and expect a quick return to greatness. (If you plan to begin the expecting process on Thursday at Redskins Park, remember to print out your training camp invitation.)


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