If there were any concerns over the relationship between Mike Shanahan and quarterback Robert Griffin III heading into the 2014 season–it looks like that won’t be a problem anymore.
The Washington Redskins reportedly made the decision to fire Shanahan on Monday less than 24 hours after the team ended their disastrous 2013 season in which they finished with a 3-13 record and ended the year on an eight-game losing streak. After Griffin suffered a torn ACL in the playoffs last year, it was no secret there was a chance the former first-round pick would struggle at times during the regular season considering how serious the injury is, but nobody could have expected things to be this bad in Washington.
To make things even worse–the Redskins won’t even be able to enjoy the benefits of having the No. 2 overall pick since that will go to the St. Louis Rams courtesy of the Griffin trade in 2012.
Ever since Shanahan came on board, the Redskins have been nothing but a mess and thanks to the Griffin trade, it looks like this franchise could even be set back another year or two before they can become contenders again. If there’s anything to take away from the 2013 season in Washington, it would obviously be the organization shouldn’t have rushed Griffin back so quickly as he clearly wasn’t ready (not every player can bounce back like Adrian Peterson) to return to playing quarterback in Week 1.
Shanahan may have won two Super Bowls in the 90’s with the Denver Broncos, but he’s clearly not as effective of a head coach as everyone originally made him out to be and it will be interesting to see which candidates the Redskins bring in to help fix this mess of an organization during the offseason–because there’s certainly plenty of work that needs to be taken care of.