Mike Shanahan has been fired by the Redskins
Mike Shanahan and the Washington Redskins have parted ways after four seasons.
While there was plenty of talk throughout the season after a disappointing start, multiple outlets reported throughout Sunday morning that Shanahan's time in Washington was coming to an end, regardless of the outcome of their game against the Giants. The Redskins went on to lose Sunday afternoon, 20-6.
Shanahan, in year four of his five year deal, was 24-40 overall, including a 3-13 this season. Shanahan also held the title of Vice President of Football Operations, which gave him full control over player personnel.
His time in Denver was the highest point of his coaching career. After a short two year stint with the LA Rams (1988-1989), where he compiled a 8-12 record, and stints as an offensive assistant and coordinator for the 49ers and Broncos, Shanahan took the reigns in Denver in 1995. From 1996-1998, Shanahan set an NFL record leading the Broncos to a 46-10 record, which included back to back Super Bowls in 1997 and 1998.
After being let go after an 8-8 season with the Broncos in 2008, Shanahan sat out of coaching for a few seasons before Washington hired him in 2010. The only season he finished over .500 was 2012, with Robert Griffin III leading the team as a rookie when the team went 10-6. Expectations heading into this season were understandably high, but a slow start put Shanahan on the hot seat pretty early on, and injuries to major players certainly played a role in his effort to get things back on track.
As always, we'll keep you updated as more information becomes available.
Mike Shanahan and his staff have been fired.— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) December 30, 2013
Release: Snyder says, "Redskins fans deserve a better result."— Rick Snider (@Snide_Remarks) December 30, 2013