Washington Redskins: Mike Shanahan Reportedly Out; Smart Move by Dan Snyder

By Ryan Heckman

Sunday morning, the fate of Washington Redskins’ head coach Mike Shanahan was decided. After a long season filled with plenty of obvious tension and drama between both Shanahan and owner Dan Snyder, the Redskins have appeared to be ready to move on.

Mark Maske and Mike Jones of The Washington Post have reported that Shanahan is all but gone.

“Mike Shanahan is expected to be fired as coach of the Washington Redskins, multiple people familiar with the situation said. One person with knowledge of the matter said Sunday that Shanahan “definitely” will be dismissed and the only question is whether the move will come Sunday night or Monday. Another person with ties to the organization said Saturday night the move was certain and is expected to come Monday.”

Maske and Jones went on to explain that most around the organization were certain that this move had been in the making.

“As the Wshington Redskins made their final preparations to play Sunday’s season finale, people in and around the organization were increasingly convinced late Saturday that Mike Shanahan was about to coach his final game with the team. The Redskins did not confirm that, as several team officials declined to comment or did not respond to requests for comment.”

They also reported that the Redskins’ coaching job will be available very soon, which is a clear indication that Shanahan’s hours are numbered in Washington.

For the Redskins, this is absolutely the correct decision to make. Snyder and Shanahan clearly cannot coexist and, of course, Snyder will be the one to stay — not Shanahan. Robert Griffin III is certainly the quarterback of the future, and Shanahan hasn’t seemed to take the right steps to ensure that happening. Snyder is confident in that assumption, I am sure.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.