Posted December 09, 2013

Redskins reportedly exploring ways to fire and withhold money from Mike Shanahan

NFC East, Washington Redskins
Mike Shanahan (right) has gone 24-36 as head coach of the Redskins.

Mike Shanahan (right) has gone 24-36 as head coach of the Redskins. (Nick Wass/AP)

More evidence that this Washington season has gone off the rails: The franchise already may be trying to figure out how to both fire Mike Shanahan and deny him the money owed to him over the remainder of his contract, Mark Maske of the Washington Post reported.

Shanahan is signed through 2014 at $7 million per season. Should the Redskins can him at any point prior to then, they still would be on the hook for the remainder of that cash. However, per Maske, Washington could contend that Shanahan violated the terms of his contract by allegedly leaking to ESPN that he considered quitting as head coach because of frustration with owner Daniel Snyder.

More from Maske:

Shanahan would have the ability to challenge such a tactic by the Redskins via a grievance. One person familiar with NFL legal matters said he didn’t know if the Redskins would take such an approach with Shanahan but they would face a difficult task in proving such a case.

No matter which path Washington opts to go here, it has become rather set in stone that Shanahan’s run with the team will come to an end very soon — perhaps as early as this week, following a humiliating 45-10 home loss to the Chiefs in front of the smallest crowd ever at FedEx Field.

Making matters worse for the team and whoever is the coach in 2014: Washington does not have a first-round pick in the upcoming draft, having traded it away as part of the package sent to St. Louis to move up for Griffin in the 2012 draft.

Shanahan took heavy criticism at the end of last season, after an already-hobbled Griffin suffered a serious knee injury during Washington’s playoff loss to Seattle. That was the lone postseason appearance Washington has made under Shanahan; he currently carries a 24-36 record as the team’s head coach.

117 comments
Walt6
Walt6

Don't you just love Dan "Jerry Jones wannabe" Snyder?  I mean, this guy has pi**ed away so much money on dead beat coaches and free agents that he makes Jerry Jones look like a genius.  Well, Danny boy, it's only $7mil so not to worry.  Maybe your good friend Barry Obama, thief-in-chief can allocate some funding your way to at least fill the stadium once in awhile so we won't hear RG III's cadence echoing through the vacant stadium seats....sounds so unprofessional!

jbber
jbber

No love for the Raceskins here, but 4th degree hearsay about something that "may" be happening is a far cry from "evidence"

shotsie
shotsie

Synder should force Shanahan to fire his own son, then hire an offensive coordinator who will become the new head coach after next year.  Kyle is the failed experiment, although he is right about trying to market Cousins, instead of possibly getting RGIII hurt again.  RGIII needs a firmer hand to retrain him to become like Russell Wilson (he''ll never become a dropback passer, but could become a scrambler.)

AliciaSolis
AliciaSolis

Daniel Snyder is so low rent..Only he would try and scapegoat Shanahan for the team's problems..Has it ever occurred to this clown that his number one pick is really not that good?

EdEsposito1
EdEsposito1

The Redskins are the Kardashians of  the NFL...

EdEsposito1
EdEsposito1

Considering Snyder has done everything subversive in history to harm the Redskins, he stands no chance in court.

Schwabacher_Landing
Schwabacher_Landing

Interesting that the story was leaked to ESPN and not SI. But, one has a huge television presence and the other has none.

Whatever
Whatever

Withholding his payment because he leaked info to ESPN? THAT is a complete losing argument in any court. Plus, good luck finding a coach you want after you fire and try to screw your old coach out of his money. Every coach knows he'll be fired someday, it's just a matter of when, and they don't want to be the next sucker to be screwed.


Unless Shanahan does something to seriously subvert the good of the franchise, Washington will owe him the money. The best move for Snyder would be to let Shanahan have his way this next year and he'll either win or hang himself with his own decisions. This year was a lost cause as soon as Shanahan decided to start RGIII in game 1. He simply wasn't ready.

ArnoldNewman
ArnoldNewman

I've always thought Shanahan was a classless competitor.  Makes me really glad he ended up with the 'Skins.  Perfect match.  Love the turmoil.

dandogwood
dandogwood

Mike Shanahan looks like Charles manson.

dandogwood
dandogwood

Kyle Shanahan is the worst coach ever in the NFL. Kyle had no business in the NFL.  Just a wimp with zero knowledge of football.

clark2jd
clark2jd

God Snyder looks like such a little terd. 

NFL_Madness
NFL_Madness

Why not take away the play calling from Kyle like they did with Zorn, and next week fire him?  Mike will surely quit then.

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

The game has passed by Shanahan. This hurts to say as a Denver fan who watched him revolutionize offensive play in the NFL. 


That being said, NO ONE leaves the Washington Redskins with a better reputation. You have an NCAA football legend in Spurrier and borderline HOF coaches in Schottenheimer and Shanny all whom had poor results.


Snyder is the the common thread in this blanket of failure.

fmfrijoles
fmfrijoles

As a DC Native I will tell you.....any reports generated from POST reporters are completely madeup. No One on the Post has insider access...and have not for years.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

The Redskins have been Intrigue Central ever since Snyder took over.


Bad ownership = bad environment = losing team.  

Need another example?  The Lions, with William Clay Ford, Jr., in charge, following in the footsteps of his meddlesome father.  As for Junior, his previous resume includes bringing Ford Motor Co. to its knees because he seemed interested in everything BUT cars.  No one says anything because Ford spends a ton of advertising money on NFL games.


Lions, Skins...teams with bad owners who consistently underperform no matter who's in charge or who's playing.

joymii
joymii

It ain't Mike Shanahan; it's Dan Snyder!!!  The Redskins will never win again until Snyder is no longer the owner.  

destrusdominate
destrusdominate

Shanahan was grasping for straws when he went all in for RG-me that draft just to save his job another 2 years. I said this 2 years ago and accurately saw that RG3 was a bust. His 3rd down conversion in college was like 10%. He only throws long bombs. Runs after first read, can't go through progressions. All predictable. NFL teams only have to apply pressure and RG3 folds.

BooRadley
BooRadley

Does his son get axed as well then?

BooRadley
BooRadley

Does his son get axed as well?

ObiwanCownobi
ObiwanCownobi

The NFL should force Synder to sell the team to an individual that is willing to change the team name to something that is not blatantly offensive and hire a GM that knows football and is allowed to hire a coach that shares a common methodology.

Joe R2
Joe R2

One thing is for sure - Redskin fans deserve better than these clowns.  They are great fans that have had their team hijacked by an awful owner that can't seem to get out of his own way.  He'll continue running the franchise into the ground just like he has for the last 13 years...  shanahan can tell Snyder to kiss his rings when he walks out of his office...

Joe R2
Joe R2

Sooner or later nobody will want to coach for Dan Snyder.  It'll be kind of like Al Davis in his later years....  Snyder will have to throw loads of money at someone just to take the job... and how's that worked out for him?  I enjoy watching the Foreskins fail.... and it's all because of Snyder.... Their fans deserve better

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@shotsie Nope. So far RG3 is the failed experiment. Or maybe you haven't been following his play...

fmfrijoles
fmfrijoles

@AliciaSolisGiven that Shanahan has been responsible for all the major decisions of the REDSKINS (it kinda was the terms to get him to come to washington).


Shanhan was responsible for:

1. giving Haynesworth that fat check that resulted in the 2 18mil/year cap penalties (unjustified or not).

2. brokering the deal to trade for RG3 (lest you forget Cleveland made a better offer.....and Fisher and Shanahan are tight)

3. Choosing to play a hobbled RG3 in the playoff game....and to start the season. He is the head coach...PERIOD.

EdEsposito1
EdEsposito1

@M as in Mancy  "revolutionize offensive play in the NFL."?????  He had John Elway!  He revolutionized nothing.   The Cheater was a crap coach too before he had Brady.

StephenStempo
StephenStempo

@M as in Mancy err... Shanahan revolutionized what exactly? John Elway MADE him. The only thing Mike Shanahan loves more than winning is Mike Shanahan. He's a self serving arrogant prick who THINKS he's smarter than everyone else. Probbaly because he sees comments like "He revolutionized offensive football." 

The Dude
The Dude

So true. Even when he "appears" to be letting go of the reigns (sp).

RobLightbody
RobLightbody

@MidwestGolfFanYou left out the best example of all.. The Oakland Raiders and their former owner Al Davis.. He wrecked that franchise.. Also, Jerry Jones would rank pretty high.. Look at the poor Cowboys.. After he thought he knew more about football than Jimmy Johnson that team hasn't done anything..

StephenStempo
StephenStempo

@destrusdominate Because the only thing Shanahan cares about is Shanahan. I said when they drafter him that he's the wrong coach for RG3 and now he's probably ruined the kid for years. Thanks mike i hope all those fake tans finally take effect and you never get to ruin football again. 

Sportsredo
Sportsredo

@destrusdominate Agreed. I'm surprised RGIII wasn't benched after having 59 yds in the first three qtrs against the Eagles.  

REDSKINSnameISnotOFFENSIVE
REDSKINSnameISnotOFFENSIVE

You need to get an education on the history of the team name. It is NOT offensive and was never intended to be. If it were meant to be offensive, WHY would they call themselves the name? Duh!

jjbmdpa
jjbmdpa

@Joe R2 Snyder has a real talent for lousing up the team. He also picks coaches (except for Joe Gibbs) who specialize in being awful.

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

@StephenStempo @M as in Mancy Here's the evidence. Stuff that we take for granted in today's game were Shanahan innovations. 


His offensive systems proficiently ran the same play out of different personnel groups and formations, which forced defenses to remain in their base personnel packages and formations rather than substitute in a specialty defense against the run or pass. It was essentially the hurry-up offense without using the clock. His ability to find late round running backs running behind unheralded O linemen signaled the beginning of organizations prioritizing the passing attack behind a functional, not overwhelming running attack. And he was the first coach to implement the RB by committee that further de-emphasized the run game and favored diversification of the RB skillset (power back, scat back, pass receiver, blocker, etc).


All these offensive innovations has driven defensive changes as well. Before the Shanahan era, the proto-typical NFL MLB were lumbering hulks like Levon Kirkland. Today, we have cerebral athletic specimens like Kuechley or Derrick Johnson who are versatile 3 down guys. The same transition from the old SS-FS distinction to do-it-all defenders like Earl Thomas. 


All these things are now NFL staples and unfortunately Shanny has not been able to stay ahead of the curve. So bring the heat, daddy's got the fire extinguisher.

wlewisiii
wlewisiii

@REDSKINSnameISnotOFFENSIVE Grow up child. Just because you don't have the stones to accept the real history of that racist name doesn't make it any the less hurtful than a name like the New York Kikes would be. 

Sportsredo
Sportsredo

@REDSKINSnameISnotOFFENSIVE Go to webster.com and type in redskin.  The  result is "usually offensive, first used 1699".  Would the NFL and Jesse Jackson allow a team in the NFL to be called the Blackskins?  Wake up…... duh

MandikaTheWarrior
MandikaTheWarrior

@M as in Mancy@StephenStempoyou are incorrect about Shanahan. All the innovations you mentioned can be traced to at least Paul Brown. Bill Walsh worked under  Brown in Cincinnati and because they couldn't run the ball effectively started throwing short quick passes on early downs. This style became the West Coast offense. Walsh's version of the West Coast offense was done out of what was then the standard package. This included a fullback and tight end. Shanahan was offensive coordinator under Walsh in Frisco and used this scheme. There is nothing new under the sun in football. Just people better at some things than others. Without Terrell Davis and Alex Gibbs the line coach, Shanahan would be without a Superbowl ring. What is the innovator Shanahan's playoff record without Elway and a MVP caliber running back? Shanahan is no more revolutionary than any other coach.

RobLightbody
RobLightbody

@Sportsredo@REDSKINSnameISnotOFFENSIVEOr the darkies/negros? Seriously, I am one that always bashes the over politically correctness that is in society today.. That being said, I totally agree that the Redskins name needs to go.. Let's change it to the Washington Crackers/Honkies for a season and see how people feel about that name..

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

Looks like it's OK for "sensitive, socially-conscious" left-wingers to use racial epithets in the service of smearing conservatives. 


Nice straw-man, hate-monger.  As a bonus, you get to indulge your racism AND your vicious streak.


That's all you left-wingers have:  smearing everyone who disagrees with you.

The Dude
The Dude

How about the Detroit Darkies? They would become a tea party favorite.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

You're just a malcontent looking for a grievance to make yourself feel noble and important.


Get a life.