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USA TODAY - Mike Shanahan is out as the Washington Redskins' coach and executive vice president.
The team fired him after a meeting Monday morning, one day after the Redskins finished a controversy-filled 3-13 season with a 20-6 loss to the New York Giants.
"Redskins fans deserve a better result," owner Daniel M. Snyder said in a statement issued by the team.
"We thank Mike for his efforts on behalf of the Redskins. We will focus on what it takes to build a winning team, and my pledge to this organization and to this community is to continue to commit the resources and talent necessary to put this team back in the playoffs."
Shanahan, 61, was 24-41 in four seasons with Washington. He led the Redskins to the playoffs last season, but they lost in the wild-card round to the Seattle Seahawks - the game in which quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a major knee injury.
That set off the chain of events in which Shanahan drew criticism for his handling of Griffin's health after a previous knee injury. Griffin returned to start this season after an arduous rehab period but looked like a shell of himself, and the pair's relationship deteriorated in highly public fashion.
Shanahan benched RG3 with three games remaining in the season, starting Kirk Cousins and saying he made the move to protect Griffin's health.
"We are going to take a smart, step-by-step approach to finding the right coach to return the Redskins to where we believe we should be," Redskins executive vice president/general manager Bruce Allen said in a statement. "We will analyze accurately and honestly all of the decisions that were made over the past year."
Shanahan had one year remaining on his contract. He won back-to-back Super Bowls with John Elway and the Denver Broncos after the 1997 and '98 seasons but has only one playoff victory since, and that also occurred with Denver.
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