Mike Shanahan could be fired as early as Sunday night, per report
Mike Shanahan “definitely” will be fired as Washington’s head coach, a source told the Washington Post. That move could come as early as Sunday night, according to Post‘s report. Washington concludes its regular season with a game against the Giants in the 1 p.m. ET slot.
FOX’s Jay Glazer said Sunday that he believes Shanahan and Minnesota’s Leslie Frazier are “out,” likely along with Detroit’s Jim Schwartz.
Washington’s season has flown completely off the rails since an overtime win bumped its record to 3-5. Shanahan’s team has not won since that game versus San Diego on Nov. 3, carrying seven straight losses into Week 17.
Shanahan also spearheaded the decision to shut down Robert Griffin III for the season prior to Week 15, a move that again has put in question Griffin’s ability to stay healthy and be the franchise’s long-term answer at quarterback.
Worse yet for the Redskins, the team will cede its first-round pick to St. Louis as part of the deal to move up for RGIII in the 2012 draft. The Rams were set to pick No. 2 headed into Week 17 as a result of that scenario, with the opportunity to move up to No. 1 if Washington lost Sunday.
Shanahan has one season left on his current contract at an estimated $7 million. An earlier report indicated that Washington might try to withhold most or all of that money, claiming a breach of contract.