WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Mike Shanahan met with the media Monday afternoon and expressed optimism about the Redskins future, both in 2013 and beyond.
After a 2012 season in which the Redskins finished on a 7-0 run to win the NFC East, Shanahan is a believer in the potential for 2013 to end similarly.
But the head coach doesn't want to hear any talk of a run.
"You don't think about a run," Shanahan said from Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va. "You think about winning a football game, and when you do that, you've got a chance for a run."
The Redskins' coach praised his team's effort over the last two weeks -- losses to Minnesota and Philadelphia -- and said the narrative would be decidedly different had Washington completed fourth quarter comebacks in each game.
Instead, Shanahan faced questions about the team's overall depth and his future with the organization.
The Redskins were penalized $36 million against the salary cap, split between the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Shanahan said the penalty has hurt the Redskins ability to put together a consistently competitive team.
As for the coach's future -- Shanahan has one year remaining on his contract -- he wouldn't disclose any information.
"I don't talk about those things during the season for obvious reasons," he said.