Mike Shanahan thanks fan, ownership after firing
Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen will address the media today at 2:00 to discuss the firing of Mike Shanahan. Per the Redskins, team owner Daniel Snyder will not talk to the media today.
Here are five questions that Allen will be asked:
—Why was the decision made to pull the plug on the Shanahan regime four years into a five-year contract? The 24-40 record was certainly a factor but perhaps the media leaks over the past several weeks had something to do with it.
—What will the power structure look like going forward? Shanahan both coached the team and picked the personnel. On most NFL teams, those duties are divided. The Redskins could look for one man to do both jobs again or move to the more traditional structure.
—What will they look for in a new head coach? The might make experience as an NFL head coach a necessity to be considered and the could have college coaches on their list.
—What is the status of the assistant coaches? The team announced only the dismissal of Shanahan but the status of the coordinators and other assistant coaches are up in the air.
—What is Allen’s status? Although he has the general manager title he is unlikely to be the guy who is responsible for personnel; that’s not his strong suit. Some have speculated that Allen will give up the GM title or will be become team president.