Things have been a mess in Washington D.C. all year, and it appears change finally is on the way.
Mike Shanahan‘s job status has been in question pretty much all season, and the head coach is expected to be fired Monday, according to The Washington Post. Shanahan is finishing his fourth season with the Redskins, leading them to just a 24-39 record during his tenure and making the playoffs only once.
Shanahan, 61, seemed to reinvigorate the Redskins in 2012, drafting Robert Griffin III as their franchise quarterback and winning the NFC East with a 10-6 record. However, Shanahan was heavily criticized after the Redskins’ wild-card playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks for leaving an injured Griffin in the game, which eventually led to the quarterback’s torn ACL.
The Redskins are just 3-12, marking the third losing season in four years under Shanahan. Griffin struggled to regain his NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year form following the ACL injury, completing 60 percent of his passes and throwing just 16 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions (seven more than in 2012) in 13 games.
Shanahan decided to shut Griffin down for the final three weeks of the season, which drew some backlash within the organization and apparently ruined the coach’s relationship with the quarterback. Griffin’s father reportedly has become a nuisance for the team, even lobbying for Art Briles, who coached RGIII at Baylor, to take over for Shanahan.