This does not surprise me.
Given Redskins owner Dan Snyder’s propensity to hire and fire head coaches almost as often as he changes his clothes, it should come as no surprise that he is reportedly considering a coaching change at the end of the season, dumping Mike Shanahan after just one year.
There hasn’t been much to substantiate the rumor, but NBC’s Mike Florio (of Pro Football Talk fame) spoke at some length about the situation in Washington on Fox Sports radio today, and indicated that Snyder is reportedly interested in having former Tampa Bay head coach Jon Gruden come on board to run his team.
For the time being, it’s unlikely that anything will happen with regard to Shanahan, as Snyder would have to pay a minor fortune to him if he fires him without cause, and Gruden would undoubtedly command his own mountain of money in any contract he signs to return to coaching. But the mere fact that Snyder is even considering making a change right now speaks volumes about the issues facing the Redskins right now and definitely opens the door to questions on Shanahan’s fractured relationship with quarterback Donovan McNabb, who has been unhappy to say the least with the way Shanahan has used him in the team’s offense.
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At any rate, this off-season is sure to be one to watch, especially if a rumor like this ends up having legs, and Snyder actually decides to send Shanahan packing in favor of Gruden. As always, we’ll keep you posted when anything new comes up.