ESPN is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Vince Lombardi’s birth with a series they’re calling the “Greatest Coaches in NFL History” which, as they say, “salutes the finest innovators, motivators, tacticians, teachers and champions ever to stalk the sidelines.”
But where’s the correlation here? Introducing Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan who comes in at number 19 on ESPN’s list of greatest coaches in NFL History.
You can read the entirety of ESPN’s logic and why they have him ranked number 19 here.
Bottom line is that coach Shanahan is one of the most accomplished head coaches in the history of the National Football League. His résumé includes two Super Bowl championships and a 167-125 regular season record as a NFL head coach.
Furthermore, his 175 combined regular season and postseason wins in the league places him in sole possession of 11th all-time in NFL history.
He is one of 13 head coaches in league history to guide a club to a pair of Super Bowl victories and one of six to accomplish the feat in consecutive years.
In his third season as Redskins’ Executive Vice President/Head Coach in 2012, the Redskins completed their first “worst-to-first” one-season turnaround in team history, a turnaround which included an NFC East Championship.
In fact, only the Colts (nine) and the Vikings (seven) had a greater increase in victories from 2011 to 2012.
Now three years into the Shanahan-era, the relatively new regime, has successfully put the pieces in place to compete for years to come.
Since his hire on January 5, 2010, coach Shanahan and his staff have been able to revamp the roster that was in place prior to his arrival in Washington, D.C. Only nine players remain from the previous regime – 82 of the 91 players currently on the roster are ‘Shanahan’s guys’, brought to the DMV via the head man himself.
The roster changes represent a bright future. Last year’s success can partly be attributed to the great talent evaluator that is Mike Shanahan in addition to the hard working, outstanding cast of players that he found via trades, free agency and the draft.
We could go on and on about coach Shanahan’s accolades and his NFL success. But for now, we say congratulations to the 19th greatest coach in NFL history (according to NFL on ESPN)!
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