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It's Official: Shanahan New Redskins' Coach
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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