Mike Shanahan fired
Updated: December 30, 2013 - 11:25 pm
ASHBURN, Va. (WJLA) - The Washington Redskins have fired head coach Mike Shanahan after four seasons, the team announced Monday morning.
Shanahan was fired Monday morning during a 9 a.m. meeting with team owner Daniel Snyder. Under Shanahan, the Redskins finished the 2013 season with a 3-13 record, the second worst in the National Football League.
It was the third losing season in Shanahan's four years in Washington. Shanahan's teams went 24-40 during his tenure.
"Redskins fans deserve a better result," Redskins owner Daniel Snyder said in a statement. "We will focus on what it takes to build a winning team. My pledge is to...continue to commit the resources and talent necessary to put this team back in the playoffs."
At a press conference Monday afternoon, Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen said that an announcement would shortly be made about the status of Shanahan's assistant coaches.
Some would have been dismissed from their positions, Allen said, while others would remain on staff. He said that the search for a new head coach would start "tonight."
"My job is to put the Washington Redskins organization on the right track," Allen said. He went on to say that losing 13 games in a season was disgraceful.
The coach's dismissal was widely expected and reported by media outlets following Sunday's season-ending loss to the New York Giants. The move comes after weeks of speculation, including reports that quarterback Robert Griffin III had told teammates that he expected to play for a different coach next season.
Controversy also swirled in early December when ESPN reported that Shanahan nearly quit his job with the Redskins before last season's playoff game because he was upset over what her perceived as Snyder's overly-close relationship with Griffin.
The coach's lone winning season came last year, when the Redskins rode a red-hot rookie campaign from Griffin to an NFC East division championship and a 10-6 record.
Shanahan was criticized though for his handling of Griffin's knee injury during the Redskins' playoff loss against Seattle last January. Shanahan allowed Griffin to remain in the game despite a sprained knee. The then-rookie quarterback tore two ligaments in his knee in the fourth quarter of that game, sidelining him for the off-season and all four of the Redskins' preseason games.
Still, the Redskins entered the 2013 season with expectations of a second-straight playoff appearance and talk that the team could be among a small group of Super Bowl contenders. Instead, Washington stumbled out of the gate, dropping its first three games and five of its first seven.
After an impressive last-second home win against San Diego, the Redskins struggled down the stretch, dropping each of their final eight games.
Shanahan arrived in Washington in 2010 with credibility derived from his two Super Bowl wins as the head coach of the Denver Broncos in the late 90s. Similar success never materialized in Washington.
Brianne Carter contributed to this report.