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Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan watches his team warm up before a NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Landover, Md., Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan looks at quarterback Rex Grossman (8) leaving the field after throwing an interception to the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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Raiders owner Al Davis (seen here), who died Saturday, carried on a long feud with Mike Shanahan, a former Raiders coach. But Shanahan, now with the Redskins, said, "I never met a guy that had more passion and worked harder than Al Davis." (Associated Press)

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Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan is seen on the sidelines during the second quarter of the NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

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Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan walks the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

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** FILE ** Redskins coach Mike Shanahan. (AP)

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Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan shakes hands with Arizona Cardinals Ken Whisenhunt after the Redskins win 22-21 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. Sunday, September 18, 2011. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan (left) speaks on the sidelines with son and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan (right) as their team plays the New York Giants during the 3rd quarter at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. Sunday, September 11, 2011. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan (right) slaps hands with Redskins QB Rex Grossman (8) left before taking on the New York Giants at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. Sunday, September 11, 2011. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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associated press Bill Belichich brings his Patriots to town Dec. 11 to challenge his friend Mike Shanahan.

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Mike Shanahan is entering Year 2 and coming off a 6-10 record he has to improve upon. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times Redskins coach Mike Shanahan took a chance by hiring his son, Kyle, as offensive coordinator last year. The veteran coach admitted he had never seen his new assistant run a meeting with the entire offense present. "I was shocked to see how relaxed he was at his age," the elder Shanahan said.Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan of the Washington Redskins calls a play while playing the Baltimore Ravens in preseason football at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD, Thursday, August 25, 2011. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times Redskins coach Mike Shanahan took a chance by hiring his son, Kyle, as offensive coordinator last year. The veteran coach admitted he had never seen his new assistant run a meeting with the entire offense present. "I was shocked to see how relaxed he was at his age," the elder Shanahan said.

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Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan allowed No. 1 QB candidates John Beck and Rex Grossman to alternate every two series through the third quarter against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday. Through three preseason games, however, nobody has run away with the opportunity yet. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

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Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said he thought quarterback John Beck "did a good job" Friday night against the Indianapolis Colts. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

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After defeating the Steelers 16-7, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan waves to the crowd after a preseason game between the Washington Redskins and the Pittsburgh Steelers, at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., Friday, Aug. 12, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Redskins CB Phillip Buchanon will be suspended for the first four games of the regular season, coach Mike Shanahan said Tuesday. Shanahan said the suspension was issued "a while back" from the NFL office. The coach did not say why Buchanon was suspended or give any other details. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

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Washington Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan keeps an eye on the moves during training camp at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va., Tuesday, August 2, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Washington Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan keeps an eye on the moves during training camp at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va., Tuesday, August 2, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Washington Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan (left) talks with his son, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, on the practice field during the first day of training camp at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va., Friday, July 29, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)