Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan fired

WASHINGTON - The Washington Redskins announced Monday that they have fired Mike Shanahan.

The team tweeted, "#Redskins announced today that they have relieved Executive Vice President/Head Coach Mike Shanahan of his duties with the team."

The longtime Denver Broncos coach was hired by Redskins in 2010. According to ESPN, Shanahan had a 24-40 record with Washington in four seasons.

Shanahan started his coaching career at the collegiate level. In nine years, his teams participated in eight bowl games and won two national championships (Oklahoma -- 1975 and Eastern Illinois -- 1978), according to NFL.com.

Shanahan then worked for the San Francisco 49ers, the Oakland Raiders and the Broncos.

Shanahan played football and ran track in High School. NFL.com said Shanahan played quarterback at Eastern Illinois University until he lost a kidney in the spring game of his junior year.