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Redskins’ statement on Shanahan firing

Dec 30, 2013, 11:04 AM EDT

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From Redskins PR:

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have relieved Executive Vice President/Head Coach Mike Shanahan of his duties with the team.

“Redskins fans deserve a better result,” Owner Daniel M. Snyder said. “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.”

“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,” Executive Vice President/General Manager Bruce Allen said. “We will analyze accurately and honestly all of the decisions that were made over the past year.”

The Redskins will hold a press conference at Redskins Park between noon and 12:30 p.m. ET today.

  1. kenlinkins - Dec 30, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Well, Now that Coach Shanahan and his staff are gone, we will start to get the real story of what really happened. All the little things that reporters had to much fear to print or just could get the coach (or others) to confirm out in the open. This also opens the door to the Shanahan Dog House for guys like Fred Davis and J LeRibues, who will now have a chance to tell their side of the story to a new coaching staff and try to show what they can do when not limited by a Coach and his Son trying to prove a point. The good news is that IMO The Redskins now have a better core of players still under contract than 2009 (i.e. a better starting point), even without a number one pick in the draft we have stashed many guys on IR and have the money required to keep our own Free Agents (after Tagging Orakpo) if we want, and to sign many Free Agents who can help us re-build our O-Line and D-Line. DID anyone else find if funny that Mike Shanahan seemed to blame the 2013 season failures on the Cap Space (and only the Cap Space)? I did and I think that was a big part of the problem, No, not the Cap Space, but this Coach not being willing to admit his own failures and mistakes. If you do not admit the problem, you have very little hope of fixing it. I vote for James Franklin as the next Head Coach.

  2. rhinochaserdesign - Dec 30, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    “Continue to commit the resources and talent necessary…..” blah blah blah. Look for Snyder to get back to his fantasy football ownership tendencies.

    @kenlinkins – Cap space was the main culprit for failure. The ONLY reason the Skins were successful in ’12 was that opponents couldn’t defend the read-option. And in ’13, with the Skins unable (or Kid Know-it-all unwilling) to run the read-option, the Skins failed. BECAUSE they had the same roster as ’12 and the same lack of talent. Our team won’t be fixed by a new headcoach UNTIL the Griffin situation is fixed. And that’s not going to be for a long time.

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