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Mike Shanahan must be shown to the exit door.
Mike Shanahan got lucky in 2012. He unleashed Robert Griffin III and the read-option on a league not ready for either.
But the lone winning record of his four years in charge of the Redskins merely masked the catalogue of failures that have defined his tenure.
That tenure now appears set to come to an overdue end. The Washington Post's Mark Maske and Mike Jones are already prepared to state time will be called on Shanahan with this dreadful season now in the books:
One person with knowledge of the matter said Sunday that Shanahan “definitely” will be dismissed and the only question is whether the move will come Sunday night or Monday.
Another person with ties to the organization said Saturday night the move was certain and is expected to come Monday.
He hasn't been helped by a two-year salary-cap penalty or Griffin losing an entire offseason after major surgery. But those factors can't be allowed to excuse everything Shanahan has got wrong.
These are things not determined by things outside his control such as his decision to change a top-10 defense and the subsequent failure to acquire enough of the right pieces for the new scheme.
That was followed by the trade for Donovan McNabb, a botched move seemingly fated to fail. Then there was the embarrassing merry go-round between John Beck and Rex Grossman in 2011. Shanahan just couldn't decide who his quarterback was.
That led to a desperate, quick-fix trade for Griffin. Giving away consecutive first-round picks implied Shanahan's team was only a quarterback away from seriously competing. But that was never the case.
Don't let his reputation or the context of this season fool you. Shanahan has taken a lot of wrong steps since he took over the Redskins.
The biggest takeaway from this season is that it's time for a change.