Jan 7, 2010 2:33 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Mike Shanahan says he's "excited and honored" to take the reins of the Washington Redskins.
Shanahan was introduced Wednesday as the team's head coach and executive vice president. He signed a 5-year deal, averaging approximately $7 million annually with has final approval on personnel decisions.
Shanahan's hiring is the latest development in a major shift in organizational philosophy under owner Dan Snyder.
Snyder has been a hands-on manager yielding a strong influence on roster decisions. But three weeks ago he hired his first general manager and didn't even present his new coach at the news conference - the first time that's happened since he bought the team in 1999. New GM Bruce Allen handled that duty.
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