clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Flip Saunders' Firing Means Mike Shanahan Is Longest-Tenured Pro Coach In D.C.

In January of 2010, which was two years ago, the Washington Redskins hired former Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan. It was a major move that signaled a changing of the guard in Washington, D.C. Two years later, Shanahan is 11-21 in two years on the job.

For his efforts, he is now the longest-tenured professional coach in the city.

Flip Saunders' firing as the Washington Wizards' head coach on Tuesday means that the head coach for the other four professional teams in town have departed in the last two years. In 2010, D.C. United coach Curt Onalfu was fired and replaced by Ben Olsen. In the summer of 2011, Nationals manager Jim Riggleman stepped down abruptly and was replaced by Davey Johnson. Finally, in November of 2011, Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau was fired and replaced by Dale Hunter.

I guess it's official. Washington D.C. is the place where head coaches go to get fired.