Ashburn, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Redskins have fired head coach Mike Shanahan after four seasons.
The Redskins were a disastrous 3-13 this year, closing the campaign with eight straight losses, following a surprising NFC East title in 2012. Shanahan's tenure in Washington ended with a mark of just 24-40.
"Redskins fans deserve a better result," said Redskins owner Daniel Snyder in a statement Monday. "We thank Mike for his efforts on behalf of the Redskins."
Three of Shanahan's four years in the nation's capital ended with losing seasons. After records of 6-10 and 5-11 in Shanahan's first two years, the Redskins turned it around with rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III in 2012.
The Redskins won their final seven games of the 2012 campaign to finish 10-6, beating the Dallas Cowboys on the final night to win the NFC East. Washington fell to Seattle in the wild card round of the playoffs and Griffin suffered a devastating knee injury in that game, starting a downward spiral for coach, player and owner.
Griffin's rehab through the summer and training camp was the biggest story heading into 2013 for the Redskins, who opened the year with three straight losses and never got untracked.
There was a reported rift between Shanahan and Griffin, whose health was always a question throughout the year. Shanahan and the organization decided to shut down the quarterback with three games remaining in the season.