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One of my all-time favorite episodes of Seinfeld features George Costanza trying to get fired from his job with the New York Yankees, and eventually doing so by driving around the parking lot with the World Series trophy attached to the back of his car. It's a brilliant piece of comedy.
It's also the only thing that was missing from Redskins coach Mike Shanahan's press conference earlier this week, as he was seemingly daring owner Daniel Snyder to ax him on the spot.
Shanhan has presided over an absolutely horrendous 2013 calendar year. It started with his asinine decision to leave an obviously injured Robert Griffin III in the team's wild-card playoff loss to Seattle, leading Griffin, the team's franchise quarterback, to tear his ACL. It has continued into this season, with the team mired in a five-game losing streak and sitting at a putrid 3-10.
This week, Shanahan spoke to the media about a report by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com that Shanahan had been considering quitting before last season's playoff loss to Seattle and had become disillusioned with the relationship shared by Griffin and Snyder. Shanahan, who didn't deny the story outright, later said he was considering benching a healthy Griffin in order to preserve Griffin's health for 2014.
Of course, Griffin was healthy enough to play on a snowy field last weekend against a ferocious Chiefs defense, but now he might not be healthy enough to play in a dome this Sunday against a toothless Falcons pass rush. It makes less than zero sense.
All that was missing from the presser was Shanahan taking one of the team's Super Bowl trophies for a joyride in the parking lot. It was insubordination at its finest.
Regardless of the reasons behind Shanahan's political ploy, the Redskins are a disaster. The defense is atrocious and the Griffin/Shanahan relationship appears to have eroded.
Shanahan is 24-37 as Redskins coach, and aside from 2012's magical run to the NFC East title, it hasn't been pretty. Remember when Shanahan said he'd "stake his reputation" on quarterbacks John Beck and Rex Grossman? That could have been grounds alone for Snyder to fire him.
Simply put, Shanahan has worn out his welcome in our nation's capital. He hasn't won enough games and is feuding with the star quarterback and owner. It's a recipe for a disaster.
Much like Costanza, Shanahan will get his wish. Barring a Christmas (or Festivus) miracle, he'll be fired on Black Monday.