Redskins hire Shanahan

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Mike Shanahan has signed a five-year contract to become coach and executive vice-president of football operations for the Washington Redskins, ESPN reported last night.

Under the deal, Shanahan will team with Redskins executive vice-president and GM Bruce Allen, but Shanahan will have the ultimate authority on football decisions.

The deal is worth about $7 million US a year, the Denver Post reported on its website.

Bears sack assistants

The Chicago Bears are bringing coach Lovie Smith back for a seventh season -- but he's done calling the defensive plays, and he'll have some new assistants. The team fired offensive co-ordinator Ron Turner and five other coaches on that side of the ball yesterday after going 7-9 and missing the playoffs for the third straight year. The team will also bring in a defensive co-ordinator.

Belichick rips field

Patriots coach Bill Belichick says star receiver Wes Welker was hurt on a field in Houston that was in terrible condition. Welker suffered a serious left knee injury in a loss to the Texans on Sunday on what Belichick called "one of the worst fields I've seen."

Quick kicks

Texans LB Brian Cushing has been named defensive rookie of the year ... Saints DE Charles Grant has been placed on injured reserve with a torn triceps, ending his season ... New Browns president Mike Holmgren will meet with Eric Mangini today about the coach's future.


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