By JOSEPH WHITE AP Sports Writer
WASHINGTON — The last time Dan Snyder went looking for a head coach, he used up a whole month, exhausted his entire list of candidates and settled for a novice who yielded little power, didn’t always get his due respect and went 12-20.
This time, the Washington Redskins owner needed only one day to land his No. 1 target: Mike Shanahan, who brings two Super Bowl rings and a reputation for wanting the final say.
The franchise’s major overhaul after a troubled season takes another step Wednesday when Shanahan is introduced at an early afternoon news conference at Redskins Park. Shanahan agreed Tuesday to take the job, according to an official within the NFL who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team was not commenting on its coaching search.
“We needed a guy like Mike Shanahan,“ cornerback DeAngelo Hall said. “We needed a proven leader, a proven winner. He’s definitely going to get these guys motivated and get the most out of all of them.“
The deal with Shanahan is for five years, the Denver Post reported. The hire came less than 48 hours after the Redskins fired Jim Zorn and less than three weeks after front-office chief Vinny Cerrato resigned and quickly was replaced by general manager Bruce Allen.