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Mike Shanahan: Washington Redskins Coach Fired After 4 Years

Mon, December 30, 2013 1:33pm EDT by Emily Longeretta 2 Comments
Mike Shanahan Fired
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After four seasons as head coach of the Washington Redskins, Mike Shanahan was fired on Dec. 30. The team finished with a 3-13 record.

Since Daniel Snyder bought the Washington Redskins in 1999, the team has had seven head coaches — and it’s about to be eight. After their 13th loss of the season to the New York Giants on Dec. 29, the decision was made to fire head coach Mike Shanahan.

Mike Shanahan Fired From Washington Redskins

“Redskins fans deserve a better result,” owner Daniel Snyder said in a statement released by the Skins. “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.”

Mike Shanahan thanks fan, ownership after firing

Snyder met with Shanahan on the morning of Dec. 30 at Redskins Park, and then he was greeted by reporters, where he said a full statement in a press conference. He took the time to thank the fans, Dan Snyder and of course, the team.

“This is the best. When you take a look at what the franchise has done, you take a look at the opportunities that [are] given to you as a head football coach and your staff, you can’t feel better,” he told reporters.

Mike Shanahan: I Enjoyed The Ride

He approached the financial issues the team has, as the $36-million salary gap expired.

“Any time you take a look at some of the cap situations that we went through, it’s always tough to have depth. And that’s what I thought really hurt us this year, was depth on our special teams, depth on our defense,” he said in a statement. “The thing I feel good about going into this year, we don’t have those problems financially. And you don’t have to worry about us not doing things the right way relative to overspending. I think from now on, the problems with the cap are over with. The penalties are over with. So with $25 [million], $30 million [in available salary cap space] to go forward, I believe we’re in at least a situation that we’re better off today than we were four years ago.”

“I enjoyed it, the press ride here. I appreciate your hospitality, I know it’s been tough at some points” he ended the statement with, repeatedly saying “thank you” to the reporters always being respectful.

What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Do you think Mike should have gotten fired?

— Emily Longeretta

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