The Redskins' firing of Mike Shanahan was a laughable disaster
DEC 30, 2013 1:18p ET
Oh, Daniel Snyder and the Washington Redskins. You're such a disaster.
The team fired coach Mike Shanahan on Monday, which wasn't a surprise at all.
What also wasn't much of a surprise? How it all went down at Redskins Park. The whole process played out pretty much like the team's season this year. Need one word to sum it all up? Let's go with embarrassing.
It all started with Mike Shanahan getting stuck in traffic on his way into the team's facility.
Why was there so much traffic? Because of this:
Speaking of Shanahan's car, Skins kept media in a vehicle line before being allowed in. Shanahan got caught and delayed in that weird line.— Kent Babb (@kentbabb) December 30, 2013
Well played, Redskins. Top-notch stuff.
But that was just the beginning. Things only got better/worse once Shanahan got through the traffic jam. Ready for a bizarre lesson in how not to handle a sticky situation?
Let's allow those who were inside to paint the wonderful scene for all of us:
Bizarre scene at Redskins Park, where reporters told they can't look or take photos through press room windows as interns patrol lot.— Nathan Fenno (@nathanfenno) December 30, 2013
Covers on press-room windows scotch-taped in place. Interns told they're security, not PR today.— Nathan Fenno (@nathanfenno) December 30, 2013
Let that one sink in for a second.
Ok, we trudge forward with more greatness:
Skins make media peer thru pull-down curtains, Shanny calls franchise NFL's "best," Alfred Morris can't talk bc he's gotta hit Chick-fil-A..— Kent Babb (@kentbabb) December 30, 2013
These are the days that reveal the true, unfettered, undeniable silliness of some NFL teams.— Kent Babb (@kentbabb) December 30, 2013
Reporters now told they can't look thru windows or go outside. It's not a PR matter now, I was told, it's a security issue. WHAT???— Kent Babb (@kentbabb) December 30, 2013
There are guards in the parking lot patrolling like Secret Service. 2 interns, filling as security for some reason, carrying walkie-talkies.— Kent Babb (@kentbabb) December 30, 2013
A curtain, ahem, came detached while we starving beasts were confined to the room. PR/security resolved this with many strips of Scotch tape— Kent Babb (@kentbabb) December 30, 2013
Security supposedly to prevent a media rush of Shanahan's exiting car. Shanahan, who already met w/media. Absolutely no one cared about car.— Kent Babb (@kentbabb) December 30, 2013
Let's get back to that Alfred Morris nugget for a bit. Why didn't he want to talk?
Alfred Morris said he wasn't talking today because he had to catch Chick-fil-A breakfast.— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) December 30, 2013
What about RG3?
Robert Griffin III just packed up and drove out his SUV out of the parking lot. There goes the happiest man at Redskins Park.— Kent Babb (@kentbabb) December 30, 2013
How about those poor PR/intern/security folks? They had quite a morning.
One of the poor PR interns, 2day playing role of security enforcer, calls it a learning experience. Hope he learns this is NOT how it's done— Kent Babb (@kentbabb) December 30, 2013
The whole thing, however, ended with a beautiful moment that will surely give you chiills:
Mike Shanahan just left Redskins Park and waved.— Dianna Marie Russini (@NBCdianna) December 30, 2013