ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — When an upbeat Mike Shanahan walked into Redskins Park Monday morning he knew what was coming.
The coach sat down with owner Daniel Snyder and general manager Bruce Allen at 9 a.m. to discuss his future with the Redskins.
It was during that meeting, which Allen described as “cordial and professional,” that Shanahan was informed he would not be brought back for the fifth and final year of his contract.
For the third time in his life he had been fired as a head coach in the NFL and, in truth, there was little he could do to change his fate.
Team executives officially made the decision to remove Shanahan one week earlier.
“I would say probably after the Dallas game it was near 99 percent,” Allen said when asked when the decision to fire Shanahan had made.
It could have come sooner had there not been another divisional game not the calendar.
“The most important thing after the Dallas game was to try to beat the Giants,” Allen added. “We felt that Mike and his staff gave us the best chance to beat the Giants the next week. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen and that’s why we’re here today.”