The gavel is in Dan Snyder's hands, and the owner is likely to act swiftly in determining the future of head coach Mike Shanahan with the Washington Redskins.
Shanahan, 24-39 as head coach in Washington, is limping to the finish of a 3-12 season. The Redskins play the Giants in East Rutherford, N.J. to end the season Sunday.
The coach, owed $7 million for 2014, the final year of his contract, said he's expecting questions about next season to be settled quickly.
"I'm sure it will," Shanahan said. "But you'll have to ask (Dan Snyder). I can't answer that."
Shanahan made a case for his return. He said two weeks ago, when announcing Robert Griffin III would be shut down for the final three games, that he wants to come back next season. That went against reports that claimed Shanahan wanted to resign following the playoff loss last January to the Seattle Seahakws in which Griffin tore knee ligaments.
Framing an airing of grievances of sorts, Shanahan said last week that he anticipates sitting down with Snyder and sharing his opinion of what is working and what isn't and getting similar feedback from the owner.
Shanahan's son, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, is thought to be a key reason Snyder seeks another coaching change. The junior Shanahan was visibly upset and remarked that he was left out of dialogue about sitting Griffin, a move he openly disagreed with while allowing it wasn't his call to make.
Through it all, Mike Shanahan is hopeful the current seven-game losing streak isn't the final stake that severs ties between the coach and the franchise.
"No, I've told you from day one, I love these guys," Shanahan said. "We've been working extremely hard to put this thing together. We've had a couple of bumps, which we all know, with the salary cap (penalty). But I'm looking forward to building this team. Like I said, I'll get the chance to sit down with Dan at the end of the season and we'll go from there."
According to the Washington Post, Snyder is not willing to buy out the remainder of Mike Shanahan's contract. The $7 million salary next season is the end of the five-year, $35 million deal signed in 2009. Shanahan won two Super Bowl rings as head coach of the Denver Broncos.
He replaced Jim Zorn as head coach and is the seventh hired since Snyder purchased the team in 1999.