ABC POOL -- AP CLIENTS ONLY
Ashburn, Virginia -- December 30, 2013
1. SOUNDBITE: Mike Shanahan, Fired Redskins Coach:
First off, I'd like to thank the fans. Through the first couple years, you go through some rough times. I can't tell you how supportive this fan base is and to be able to coach here, to be the head coach in front of of fans like that, that support you the way they do, made me feel very special and I thank them to start out with. I also like to thank Dan for the opportunity to be here under a great organization. This is, this is the best. When you take a look at what the franchise has done, you take a look at the opportunities given to you as a head football coach and your staff, you can't feel better.
2.. SOUNDBITE: Mike Shanahan, Fired Redskins Coach:
I enjoyed it. The press right here. I know you guys got a tough job to do. I've made a number of friends. I appreciate your hospitality. I know it's been tough at some times, but you guys have always been pros to me and I thank you for being that way under some tough situations over the past few years. Again. Thank you.
Mike Shanahan's plan to restore order, professionalism and consistent success to the Washington Redskins disintegrated quickly in 2013, costing him his job Monday a day after the team finished a 3-13 season. Shanahan was fired after a morning meeting with owner Dan Snyder and general manager Bruce Allen at Redskins Park, a formality expected for several weeks as the losses mounted and tension rose among Shanahan, Snyder and franchise player Robert Griffin III. Shanahan went 24-40 in four seasons in Washington and 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 _ a span that includes just four winning seasons, two playoff victories and seven last-place finishes in the NFC East. "Redskins fans deserve a better result," Snyder said 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, 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 captured Super Bowls titles with quarterback John Elway and the Denver Broncos after the 1997 and 1998 seasons, but he won only one playoff game over his final 10 years with the club and was fired after the 2008 season.