Mike Shanahan fired. You could see the coming for weeks, and now it’s official. Mike Shanahan has been relieved of his duties as Washington Redskins head coach. Shanahan stated for weeks that he and owner Daniel Snyder would sit down at the end of the season and talk. Well that talk has ended with Shanahan being fired with a year left on his contract.
If you believe some of the leaked reports, this divorce was a year in the making. As Shanahan reportedly wanted to quit last season, but decided against it for fear of how his exit would be portrayed in the media, with quarterback Robert Griffin III having suffered a torn ACL in the Redskins playoff game with the Seattle Seahawks.
But that move only served to delay the inevitable, as the 2013 season was the third losing season out of four for Shanahan, and he leaves with a 24-40 record as the Redskins head coach. Shanahan came to Washington with much fan fare and high expectations. But ultimately he was unable to live up to them.
Shanahan’s stint with Washington began in 2010 with as much drama as it’s ended with. He had a public feud with defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, and his relationship with quarterback Donovan McNabb became ugly as well. Shanahan traded high round draft picks for McNabb, only to bench him, and then trade him for considerably less than he gave up for him.
With Griffin leading the way, Shanahan was able to win the NFC East title last season, but apparently things were already unraveling then. Washington was Shanahan’s third stint as a head coach, having been previously fired by two other teams, the Denver Broncos and the then Los Angeles Raiders. He has compiled a 170-137 record as a head coach with two Super Bowl wins with the Broncos.