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The Washington Redskins announced on Twitter Monday morning that head coach Mike Shanahan has been relieved of his duties.
The move comes after Washington's football team finished the season a disappointing 3-13, the second worst record in the NFL. The coach faced criticism for the team's flagging performance this year, as well as his handling of star quarterback Robert Griffin III.
In a press conference, Shanahan attributed much of the team's problems to troubles with the salary cap.
"Any time you take a look at some of the cap situations that we went through — it's always tough to have depth and that's what I thought really hurt us this year," he said.
Shanahan had one year remaining on his five-year, $35 million contract. Snyder will now be seeking his eighth head coach for his 16th season as an NFL owner.
"Redskins fans deserve a better result," said team owner Dan Snyder in a statement. "We thank Mike for his efforts on behalf of the Redskins. We will focus on what it takes to build a winning team."
Shanahan was first brought on to coach the team in 2010. He's perhaps best known for his years with the Denver Broncos, when he led that team to consecutive Super Bowl wins in 1997 and 1998.
But for all this success in the Mile High City, he didn't have as much luck in the nation's capital. His record in Washington was a miserable 24-40, even with last year's post-season appearance.
Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said in a press conference that he has an open list of candidates to replace Shanahan, including NFL and college coaches, some of whom do not have head coaching experience.
"I want to hear I want to hear what their dreams are, what they can do, the fire in their belly to coach the Washington Redskins," Allen said.
Allen said he will assume the duties of having final say over the roster.
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