The Redskins officially have announced that coach Mike Shanahan won’t return for the final season of the five-year, $35 million contract he signed in 2010. And the guy who runs the show has finally broken his silence after weeks of speculation and rumor.
“Redskins fans deserve a better result,” owner Daniel Snyder said in a team-issued release. “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.”
Washington made it to the playoffs last year. But like the Texans, Ravens, Vikings, and Falcons, the Redskins failed to return in 2013.
“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 the same statement. “We will analyze accurately and honestly all of the decisions that were made over the past year.”
If the presence of quotes from the G.M. in the release announcing that the coach has been fired mean that the G.M. is safe, then Allen is safe — as is Vikings G.M. Rick Spielman.
Neither man may be safe for long, if the right head coach isn’t hired in the coming weeks.