Shanahan Canned

Shanahan gets the boot (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Shanahan gets the boot (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

The day we all knew was coming has finally arrived.

After only one winning season in four years as head coach of the Washington Redskins, Mike Shanahan, his staff and even his son Kyle have been fired by Daniel Snyder and his organization. The news came after a horrible 20-6 loss to the New York Giants in week 17—the perfect way to “cap off” a dismal, three-win season.

And this from a team that won the NFC East last year and nearly snuck by the Seattle Seahawks in their Wild Card playoff game… with a rookie quarterback no less!

Of course, most of Shanahan’s tenure in Washington has been far less successful than his 2012 campaign. For three of the last four years, the Skins finished last in the NFC East. And just before week 15 of this season, Shanahan decided to pull his under-performing, super star quarterback—the once-and-soon-to-be-great-again Robert Griffin III (RG3)—in favor of Kirk Cousins.

It was only a matter of time before it all caught up with him, in other words.

Robert Griffin III (Sports Illustrated)

What is most unusual about all of this, however, is the rumor that Shanahan was prepared to leave Washington last year. From what I understand, he cleaned out his office, packed up his things and was preparing to depart before the Redskins and Seahawks even stepped onto the field in the playoffs. Shanahan was apparently “disillusioned” with the way Snyder ran the organization. He only decided to return in 2013 after Griffin suffered a knee injury against the Seahawks—he didn’t want it to appear as if the injury to his star quarterback was the reason for his departure.

It kind of makes you wonder if this year’s results would have been better had Shanahan actually left in 2012. Instead, Redskins fans are left with yet another head coaching vacancy, one that hasn’t been adequately filled since the great Joe Gibbs retired.

I certainly hope they find someone capable of pulling this once-great team back together. A fat, gift-wrapped check from Daniel Snyder to former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher might work…

Posted on December 30, 2013, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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