Posted December 29, 2013

Mike Shanahan could be fired as early as Sunday night, per report

NFC East, Washington Redskins
The Redskins have lost seven straight games.

The Redskins have lost seven straight games. (Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images)

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.

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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.

22 comments
NYGiants72
NYGiants72

Honestly - I feel awful for Kyle Shanahan.  In pulling his best George Costanza impression to get his $7M for being fired, he associated his son, who has his whole career ahead of him with this circus.  I mean Kyle had to come out and openly disagree with his father on the RGIII benching to perform whatever damage control he could. 


Mike Shanahan is done coaching, and he should be.  No team will ever take a chance on a guy who openly gave up on a team, regardless on how bad the ownership is.  The one worthwhile thing is that this whole fiasco shows that his positive legacy boils down to two words: John Elway.  I honestly hope Snyder wins his lawsuit for breach...

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Shanahan should have the integrity to resign. He quit on his team and I've never seen a coach do that before. Ethically he does not deserve the money remaining on his contract. I realize he does in the legal sense, but of course he is lacking in integrity or he would not have quit on the team as he did. For him to receive another seven million dollars after his performance is a travesty.  He has embarrassed the entire league with his behavior.

And for the record, I am no fan of Daniel Snyder. He should sell his team to someone who will run it in a professional manner.

MrArlington
MrArlington

Bruce Allen (GM) and Dan Synder (owner) are more responsible for this than Shanahan who will serve as a nice scapegoat. The Redskins have had these implosions and infighting since Dan owned the team in 1999. The betting of the franchise on RG3 is looking to be a failure with no relief in sight in the near term.

Michael50
Michael50

It is times like this I wish I was a Rams and not a Redskins fan. Man, talk about the greatest trade in history. trade away your 2nd pick for 3 first rounders, with one being another 2nd overall pick! Ugh, I so wish my team had the pick back. 

JimDonahue
JimDonahue

Shanahan will land on his feet, the bozo in Washington is as dumb or dumber than Jerry Jones

HPPlantagenet
HPPlantagenet

Shanahan should absolutely sue if Snyder tries to screw him over. The current mess is Snyder's fault. 

Matthew W
Matthew W

Make him fire you Shanny! Don't resign! Make Snyder cough up that cash!



How many times has Washington made the playoffs since Snyder bought the team? Maybe he should follow Shanny out the door.....

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

Don't know why Washington fans would be happy about this. Snyder will pick a coach who is at least as bad or worse.

Mr Roberts
Mr Roberts

Daniel Snyder and Jerry Jones should be given time-outs and go sit in the corner for a couple of seasons.

Fox
Fox

@Rickapolis Not sure that him quitting on the team is a result of his lack of integrity.   You should look that word up.  

darcrequiem
darcrequiem

@MrArlington 


The only thing Snyder is at fault for is hiring Shanahan in the first place. Shanahan, not Bruce Allen, has total control of the football operations for the Redskins. Shanahan insisted on those terms in order for him to take the job. Snyder can be blamed for everything prior to the last four years. He wouldn't hire a GM and Coach to run his football operations. He finally decided to do the right thing. He just hired the wrong man, Shanahan, for the job.

JJRR
JJRR

@MrArlington shanahan has had three seasons out of four with a 10 or more loss record.  That isn't on RG3.  Hell, the only season when he DID have a winning season he got it on RG3s back (and knees)

CalTony
CalTony

@Matthew W I don't think the Redskins will ever win a Super Bowl with Snyder as the owner. He's a strange little man.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@Mr RobertsWhy?  They own their businesses and can run them however they choose.

morejunk
morejunk

@JoeCabot@Mr Roberts 

They don't "own" anything.  It's more like a time share agreement.  The NFL could absolutely force out an owner if s/he was damaging the NFL brand.  Right now Jerrah and Snyder are just damaging their teams.  The NFL is perfectly happy to have a few laughing stocks around the league; keeps the entertainment value high.

aliasforme46
aliasforme46

@JoeCabot @Mr Roberts Be that as it may, it's not in the best interest of the league or the community for Jones and Snyder to operate their teams irresponsibly, as they have both been doing for years.


DonTheGreen
DonTheGreen

@morejunk @JoeCabot @Mr Roberts Both franchises are top tier in revenues and popularity.  They make money.  Likely, that's the highest measure of success as a business, don't you think?

PWINGS
PWINGS

@TheDoctorIsIn@aliasforme46@JoeCabot@Mr Roberts   "....Snyder's problem is that he runs his team like a fan, not a businessman....At the very least, you have to credit the Redskin fans for being real fans and supporting their team during the bad times as well as the good."

People who support a "business" are called "consumers" and, if they're discriminating, their loyalty must be "earned" and not given blindly like sheep. "Fans" support their teams no matter how poorly they're run and how defective the product or service. As such, I have no pity for them because they DO have a choice. 

When Washington "fans" start behaving like "consumers", maybe Snyder will run his team like a "businessman" and improve the product. In the meantime, Snyder is collecting profits he hasn't really earned.

TheDoctorIsIn
TheDoctorIsIn

@aliasforme46 @JoeCabot @Mr Roberts Irresponsible? Wow, talk about over-reaching. 


It can be argued that Snyder is inept, but saying that he has been irresponsible is...irresponsible.


Snyder's problem is that he runs his team like a fan, not a businessman. I'm sure most of the loud-mouthed, finger-pointing fans that populate most of these forums would not fare any better if the were given the reigns of a team.


People want to whine and complain about how bad of an owner is because he let Shanahan bench RGIII, and then the go on to complain that the 'Skins have no draft because he went out and got RGIII.


I've had girlfriends that were less fickle and contradictory.


As Joe Cabot pointed out, if Snyder wants to try to learn how to run a football team on the job, it's his money, and he's entitled. At the very least, you have to credit the Redskin fans for being real fans and supporting their team during the bad times as well as the good.