No surprise here as the Washington Redskins this morning fired Mike Shanahan after four years in charge.
“Redskins fans deserve a better result,” owner Daniel Snyder said in a written statement released by the team. “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.”
The team said it will hold a news conference later Monday.
“We are going to take a smart, step-by-step approach to finding the right coach to return the Redskins to where we believe we should be,” General Manager Bruce Allen said in a written statement. “We will analyze accurately and honestly all of the decisions that were made over the past year.”
Shanahan had a regular season record of 24-40 in Washington, leading the Redskins to an NFC East title last season.
But this season, with a painfully unfit Robert Griffin III, the Redskins fell apart, losing its final eight games to finish 3-13.
The firing of Shanahan means that the franchise will be looking for their eighth head coach (including an interim coach, Terry Robiskie, in the 2000 season) since Snyder purchased the team in 1999 from the Jack Kent Cooke estate.