Bill Romanowski says give Mike Shanahan two or three years, and the Washington Redskins will be contenders.

Romanowski, who played for Shanahan’s Broncos from 1996-2001, said Shanahan was fired a year ago by Denver owner Pat Bowlen perhaps because his message got stale, not because he couldn’t coach. Romanowski predicts Washington will win with Shanahan, its new coach, and soon.

“I think Mike is a great leader,” said Romanowski, who is an analyst for Comcast SportsNet California and is the founder and CEO of his Nutrition53 supplement company. “It’s a fresh start and he’s going to go in and implement an incredible offense. He’s going to turn the organization around.”

Bubby Brister, who played quarterback in Denver from 1997-99, also endorsed Shanahan.

“I don’t see why they can’t make a difference pretty quick,” Brister said. “He knows how to make players work hard and motivate them. I’ve been around good coaches and he’s as good as I’ve been around. During those Super Bowl years I think Mike was one of the best of all time.”

Brister and Romanowski pointed to the same reasons for potential success: an owner in Daniel Snyder who will spend money, defensive pieces that are in place and a fan base that is hungry for a winner. Current Broncos players also thought it was a good fit.

“That’s a great city and a great organization with an owner that’s willing to do a lot to win,” tight end Tony Scheffler said. “That’s a great situation for him.”