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Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan leaves the field as the Washington Redskins lose to the Minnesota Vikings 33-26 at Fedex Field, Landover, MD, Saturday, December 24, 2011. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan argues the spot of a 15 yard catch on third down in the second quarter as the Washington Redskins take on the Minnesota Vikings at Fedex Field, Landover, MD, Saturday, December 24, 2011. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan walks the sidelines during the first quarter. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan, right, looks on as Washington Redskins tackle Jammal Brown (77) appears to go down with an injury during warm ups and was taken back to the locker room before the Washington Redskins takes on the New England Patriots. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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Redskins coach Mike Shanahan walks off FedEx Field after his team lost for the eighth time in nine games. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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"We're going with Graham. It really had nothing to do with Graham, with the missed field goal or the missed extra point. That was totally on our protection scheme." - Redskins coach Mike Shanahan

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Mike Shanahan has seen his Redskins team lose six consecutive games, leading to another run of insignificance to close an NFL season. (Associated Press)

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Mike Shanahan is 9-16 since taking over in Washington as the head coach, while Mike Holmgren is 8-17 since taking over as team president in Cleveland. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren crossed paths in Super Bowl XXXII while with Denver and Green Bay, respectively. Both men are a long way from contending for the Vince Lombardi Trophy again. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan reacts during the fourth quarter quarter of the Redskins' NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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Redskins coach Mike Shanahan has gone back and forth with his top two quarterbacks through the first nine games. (Associated Press)

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Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan motions to his players from the sidelines against the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter. (Rod Lamkey Jr. / The Washington Times)

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Coach Mike Shanahan and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan will be faced with the tough task of jump starting a sputtering offense against a San Francisco 49ers defense that has given up the fewest points in the NFL. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Washington Redskins' head coach Mike Shanahan will look for a bounce back effort from his defense against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

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Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan looks on during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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Head coach Mike Shanahan was protective of quarterback John Beck in the first half with his play calls. After halftime, he opened up the offense a bit. Beck had a passer rating of 80.8 in his debut as the Redskins starter Sunday. (Associated Press)

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Head coach Mike Shanahan was protective of quarterback John Beck in the first half with his play called. After halftime, he opened up the offense a bit. (Associated Press)

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Washington Redskins quarterback John Beck was named the starter for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers by coach Mike Shanahan on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

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Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan watches his team warm up before a NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Landover, Md., Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan looks at quarterback Rex Grossman (8) leaving the field after throwing an interception to the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)