Mike Shanahan: No desire to resign as coach

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Mike Shanahan reiterated Monday that he is not planning on resigning as the Washington Redskins’ coach beyond this season.

Shanahan, who is under contract for one more season after signing a five-year, $35 million deal in 2010, has led the Redskins to a 3-11 record this season following a 27-26 road loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. The 11 losses are already tied for the most Shanahan has had in his 19 full seasons as a coach.

There have been multiple reports over the past two weeks that Shanahan is attempting to part ways with the organization following the season, either by resigning or being fired. He said in a press conference a week ago that he would “like nothing more” than to keep coaching his players, and asked about his future Monday, he said he plans on sitting down with team owner Dan Snyder after the season to discuss the direction of the franchise.

“I’ll get a chance to sit down with Dan at the end of the season, after the next two games, and I’ll give him my opinion in the direction that I think the franchise could go, and he’s gonna give me his idea what he wants to do,” Shanahan said. “He’s the owner of the football team. But all we could do at the end of the season is communicate, and I think we have that type of relationship where we can talk and be honest to each other, but we’re not gonna do that until the end of the season.”

Then asked if it’s true he has no plans to resign following the season, which ends Dec. 29 after a road game against the New York Giants, Shanahan responded affirmatively.

“Oh yeah, that’s accurate,” Shanahan said.

Several national outlets have reported in recent weeks that Shanahan’s future with the team remains uncertain. Those reports, which cite sources close to Shanahan, have maintained the coach is interested in leaving the Redskins, with whom he has a 24-38 record.

Shanahan, for his part, has routinely denied to respond to any such reports when asked during his various news conferences over the past two weeks. He walked off the podium Sunday following the game when asked a question about the source of the reports.

“I can’t do anything about those reports,” Shanahan said Monday. “I can guess where they come from. I know there’s a lot of people, maybe in my past or maybe [defensive coordinator Jim] Haslett’s past or with [offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan] – hey, not everybody’s happy. When you do have three wins, it can be a little bit tough. A lot of things do come out. It’s part of this business, but you’ve got to be tough enough to work through it, and I think our organization and our football team is tough enough to work through it.”

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