In a move that had been speculated for weeks, the Washington Redskins have fired veteran head coach Mike Shanahan and his entire coaching staff this morning, according to the Washington Post. Shanahan was observed entering the Redskins facility shortly after 9 am EST this morning. Washington failed to reach the postseason this year after winning the NFC East title last season with a 10-6 record.
Washington became a dysfunctional mess this season while losing their last eight games and finished with a 3-13 record. In four seasons with the Redskins, Shanahan posted a 24-40 overall record.
Shanahan appeared to be tweaking owner Daniel Snyder by sitting Robert Griffin III in favor of Kirk Cousins down the stretch. It was widely reported that there was a great deal of tension between Griffin and Shanahan. Snyder is an ardent supporter of Griffin and despite being owed $7 million next season, the ownership has decided to make a head coaching change.
The biggest question facing the Redskins moving forward is which head coach would be willing to take over the job in Washington while having to deal with Daniel Snyder and rebuild a team that was horrible in 2013.