LANDOVER, MD – Just one season after leading the Washington Redskins to the playoffs, The Washington Post’s Mike Jones reported on Monday that Mike Shanahan has been fired as the team’s head coach. This comes after a meeting between Shanahan and Redskins owner Daniel Snyder early Monday morning, during which time Snyder informed the coach he was done.
Shanahan’s assistants were told they would meet individually with general manager Bruce Allen, who would let them know each of their fates. However, several assistants, including Shanahan’s son and offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan, are expected to be fired.
The writing has been on the wall for Shanahan for some time now, and speculation began several weeks ago that the veteran head coach would be let go after tensions rose between himself and star quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Shanahan finished his four-year stint with the Washington Redskins with a 24-40 record and one playoff appearance. However, he still believes that he leaves the team in better shape than the one he inherited.
“We’re better off today than we were four years ago,” Shanahan said when speaking to reporters on Monday.
Just the same, it was evident that Dan Snyder disagreed when he issued a press release through the team’s media office.
“Redskins fans deserve a better result,” Snyder said. “We thank Mike for his efforts on behalf of the Redskins. We will focus on what it takes to build a winning team, and my pledge to this organization and to this community is to continue to commit the resources and talent necessary to put this team back in the playoffs.”