Redskins fire Mike Shanahan after four years as coach [updated]

December 30, 2013

The Washington Redskins have fired Mike Shanahan as their coach, according to a member of the organization.

The move had become increasingly inevitable in recent weeks and was made official Monday. Several members of Shanahan’s staff, including Kyle Shanahan and special teams coach Keith Burns, were also fired. Others, including Jim Haslett and Raheem Morris, were not.

Shanahan had said Sunday he was scheduled to meet Monday morning with owner Daniel Snyder. The coach pulled into the parking lot at Redskins Park around 9 a.m. after being stuck briefly in a line of vehicles with media members who’d been kept outside the front gate until then. Snyder had arrived at the facility earlier.

The Redskins part ways with Shanahan after four years in which he had a regular season record of 24-40. He and the Redskins also suffered a playoff defeat last season to the Seattle Seahawks.

Shanahan led the Redskins to an NFC East title last season but the team slipped to last place this season, losing its final eight games to finish 3-13. Shanahan’s relationships with Snyder and quarterback Robert Griffin III came under intense scrutiny.

Shanahan had one season remaining on a five-year contract estimated to be worth about $7 million per season.

The Redskins launch a search for their eighth head coach (including an interim coach, Terry Robiskie, in the 2000 season) since Snyder purchased the team in 1999 from the Jack Kent Cooke estate.

Update, 9:50 a.m.

The Redskins have announced Shanahan’s firing.

“Redskins fans deserve a better result,” Snyder said in a written statement released by the team. “We thank Mike for his efforts on behalf of the Redskins. We will focus on what it takes to build a winning team, and my pledge to this organization and to this community is to continue to commit the resources and talent necessary to put this team back in the playoffs.”

The team said it will hold a news conference later Monday.

“We are going to take a smart, step-by-step approach to finding the right coach to return the Redskins to where we believe we should be,” General Manager Bruce Allen said in a written statement. “We will analyze accurately and honestly all of the decisions that were made over the past year.”

Have a Redskins question? E-mail Mike Jones at mike.jones@washpost.com with the subject line “Mailbag question” for him to answer it in The Mailbag on Tuesdays.

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Washington Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan has been fired after four seasons with the team. The seventh head coach under owner Daniel Snyder departs with one division title and one playoff appearance, a loss. The Post's Redskins and NFL editor Keith McMillan offers the five best and worst moments of Shanahan's tenure. (Tom LeGro and Keith McMillan/The Washington Post)

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