Washington, DC, United States (4E Sports) – As expected, Washington Redskins team owner Daniel Snyder dismissed head coach Mike Shanahan, saying “fans deserve a better result” than their 3-13 record this season.
“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,” Snyder said.
With Shanahan’s firing, the Redskins will launch their seventh coaching search since Snyder bought the team in 1999.
Snyder met with Shanahan at Redskins Park Monday morning to deliver the news before the latter spoke to reporters for just less than five minutes in the media briefing room, calling the Redskins “a great organization”.
“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,” Shanahan said.
Shanahan said he believes he leaves the team in better shape than it was in when he arrived, citing the expiration of the two-year, $36 million salary cap penalty imposed by the NFL last year as key to their revival.
“The thing I feel good about going into this year, we don’t have those problems financially,” Shanahan said. “And you don’t have to worry about us not doing things the right way relative to overspending.”
However, Shanahan blamed cap reduction for preventing the Redskins from adding some key players, particularly on defense.
Shanahan ended his four-year tenure with the Redskins with 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. 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.