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HERM OUT, SHANAHAN IN?

As Chiefs coach Herm Edwards continues to slowly twist in the wind, we’re hearing stronger indications that he won’t be twisting much longer.
Though it’s hardly a surprise, the signs currently are pointing at Edwards being fired with one year left on his contract.
Then the question becomes identifying the next head coach.  And, inexplicably, a name gaining traction via rumors and reports that have been sent to us by readers is former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan.
On the surface, Shanahan and G.M. Scott Pioli don’t really fit, assuming that Shanahan aspires to run the show in the same way he ran it in Denver.
But there’s always a chance that Shanahan has reflected on his ultimate failure in Denver, and that he has realized that his errors in personnel, both with free agency and the draft, placed far more pressure on him as a coach.  And maybe he has decided that he’d rather let an established personnel exec call the shots and just focus on coaching the team.
Then again, maybe Shanahan simply will say whatever he has to say and do whatever he has to do to get his foot in the door, and then he’ll worry about trying to take the place over.
Regardless, we expect something to start happening soon in Kansas City. 

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30 Responses to “HERM OUT, SHANAHAN IN?”
  1. WheresSeptien says: Jan 22, 2009 9:36 AM

    Lets hear it for total speculation, great job……

  2. Rossy P says: Jan 22, 2009 9:45 AM

    Mike Shanahan is a scum bag, ask Dan Reeves.

  3. ditka96 says: Jan 22, 2009 9:47 AM

    Herm for Lions LB coach!

  4. ChewbaccaforSix says: Jan 22, 2009 9:47 AM

    That would be a good fit, I could see good things happening if he’s hired (coach only role though).

  5. woodman212 says: Jan 22, 2009 9:50 AM

    Whereseptien: That would be why there is a question mark…Learn how to read a blog perhaps…THEN comment on things…
    Hope it is true…this would add a great competition in the AFC West…Which has certainly lacked those recently…

  6. Klutch says: Jan 22, 2009 9:50 AM

    This would be awesome and this is coming from a guy that hates Mike Shannahan. Mainly because he learned how to beat the Chiefs consistently.

  7. vegas42 says: Jan 22, 2009 9:50 AM

    I don’t see it. Whether later this year or after the next season, Shanahan could have his choice of several attractive jobs. He could end up in Dallas, with Romo and Jerry’s open checkbook. If the Redskins tank again, I could see Snyder opening up the vault for Shanahan. The only reason I could see him in KC is to stick it to the Broncos twice a season, but I don’ think he wants another long-term rebuilding project after the last few seasons in Denver.
    Wherever he ends up, though, I definitely see him not chasing GM duties. I’m sure he wants to prove he is still a “mastermind” as a coach…..

  8. Robby Redskin says: Jan 22, 2009 9:53 AM

    Makes sense…just like Parcells can’t stay out of the AFC/NFC East, Shanahan can’t stay out of the AFC West. Not sure how the Pioli/Shanahan dynamic will work though…

  9. Mbehavin2 says: Jan 22, 2009 9:59 AM

    Didn’t they hire Pioli to make decisions?
    His lack of decision on Herm is embarrassing. Is Pioli waiting for either Bill Parcells or Bill Belichick to tell him what to do?
    As far as Herm goes Pioli needs to Man Up and announce his decision. Or as the saying goes crap or get off the pot.

  10. gjp2030 says: Jan 22, 2009 10:05 AM

    mbehavin2- Why is his lack of decision on Herm “embarrassing”? You’re the new GM of an organization with a rabid fan base that wants to win now..so are you going to fire Herm just to appease the fans and hire just anyone? There’s no one out there that’s available that’s a hot coaching candidate..and then you’re facing the option of keeping Herm for a year and going after Cowher in 2010. Todd Haley’s been mentioned as another candidate as well, but he can’t be interviewed until after the Super Bowl. As a Chiefs fan myself, I’m getting pretty impatient..but I’d rather he takes his time in picking someone and making the right choice instead of hiring someone quickly, that way we’ll more likely see results sooner rather than later.

  11. T Henrys B@stard Child says: Jan 22, 2009 10:11 AM

    Thanks pioli for following in king Carl’s footseteps.

  12. cutlersarmy says: Jan 22, 2009 10:16 AM

    never gonna happen

  13. Treez says: Jan 22, 2009 10:33 AM

    KC kept a lot of games tight and played at a pretty high level despite their record. I think they are a team that will easily quadruple their win record next year and vie for a wildcard spot. I also believe that Thigpen is fo’ real and that their defense while shine next year.

  14. BoBoStrut says: Jan 22, 2009 10:34 AM

    The ONE thing that would make Coaching the Chiefs EXTREMELY attractive to Shanahan …. Where else can he coach and have the opportunity 4 times a season to “Stick It To” the 2 teams that have fired him during his career?

  15. chcgokoala says: Jan 22, 2009 10:36 AM

    Call collect Belichick. He’ll make the decisions right away.

  16. BostonAtlanta says: Jan 22, 2009 10:42 AM

    Herm’s got to go, it doesn’t matter who Pioli replaces him with because it can’t be any worse.

  17. shuxion says: Jan 22, 2009 10:56 AM

    Shannahan: “How are the tanning booths in Kansas City?”

  18. Mbehavin2 says: Jan 22, 2009 11:01 AM

    gjp2030 – “There’s no one out there that’s available that’s a hot coaching candidate..and then you’re facing the option of keeping Herm for a year and going after Cowher in 2010.”
    So the question is “At anytime sense the end of the season, was there anyone that Pioli was interested in?” And if so why has no one been interviewed? That and remember the Rooney rule. It is the lack of activity that is interesting. IF the Chiefs are waiting for Herm to resign with only one year left on his contract that says a lot too (short on money).
    Of course if they hire the next top coach then all this will be forgotten. Yet as you pointed out a lot of hot candidates have already been hired by other teams. And the Chiefs now have to rebuild their coaching staff – If Herm is retained for just one year there will not be many coaches willing to sign on for just one season.

  19. wvpv says: Jan 22, 2009 11:12 AM

    This was reported by Jack Harry of the NBC affiliate KSHB in KC last night. He said something was going down today.
    Sports radio talking heads in KC don’t know where Harry’s info came from.
    Personally, I think Shanahan would be tough to swallow for a lot of Chiefs fans. He did coach for the Raiders AND the Broncos.

  20. 3efin says: Jan 22, 2009 11:13 AM

    No how! No way!
    That will never happen, and if it did, it wouldn’t work.
    Pioli finally has the chance to be the boss and run his own show. He’s not going to bring in a guy to steal the power and the limelight….and Shanahan isn’t going to come in to play second fiddle.
    Not to mention the money involved in signing Shanahan, right after signing Pioli. Shanahan will sit out a year, and break the bank somewhere next year (Dallas).

  21. wonderdog says: Jan 22, 2009 11:17 AM

    Mbehavin2 says:
    January 22nd, 2009 at 11:01 am
    “So the question is “At anytime sense the end of the season, was there anyone that Pioli was interested in?” And if so why has no one been interviewed? That and remember the Rooney rule. It is the lack of activity that is interesting. ”
    How do you know noone has been interviewed? How do you know there is a lack of activity? Just because Pioli doesn’t feel the need to call a press conference or let Fatlock know everytime he blows his nose doesn’t mean that nothing is being done. I can’t believe how people think there’s no activity simply because “the press” isn’t made aware of a decision. Pioli and the chiefs will let the public and press know what they’re doing on their own time frame, not yours or anyone elses. As it should be.

  22. WheresSeptien says: Jan 22, 2009 11:27 AM

    Whereseptien: That would be why there is a question mark…Learn how to read a blog perhaps…THEN comment on things…
    Hope it is true…this would add a great competition in the AFC West…Which has certainly lacked those recently…
    Well THEN excuse me, shoot me.

  23. elgranderojo79 says: Jan 22, 2009 11:53 AM

    I can just imagine the overly perfect tanned face and crest-white stripped smile Shannahan would display on his first return trip to Denver. I think Pat Bowlen would rather remove and subsequently swallow his left nut than see the Chiefs hire on Shannahan.

  24. Blenny90 says: Jan 22, 2009 12:05 PM

    What happens to the salary owed Shanahan ? Something like $7 mil this year and two years @ $6 mil each !

  25. k-new says: Jan 22, 2009 12:05 PM

    Wouldn’t it be funny…if Shanahan went into Denver, as a KC coach, and handed the Broncos some serious butt whippings.

  26. joetoronto says: Jan 22, 2009 12:20 PM

    BoBoStrut says:
    January 22nd, 2009 at 10:34 am
    The ONE thing that would make Coaching the Chiefs EXTREMELY attractive to Shanahan …. Where else can he coach and have the opportunity 4 times a season to “Stick It To” the 2 teams that have fired him during his career?
    ====================================================
    Bingo!

  27. DC_Bengals_Fan says: Jan 22, 2009 12:26 PM

    “The ONE thing that would make Coaching the Chiefs EXTREMELY attractive to Shanahan …. Where else can he coach and have the opportunity 4 times a season to “Stick It To” the 2 teams that have fired him during his career?”
    Very good point. Based on that, I can assume that Shanny will be coaching the Chargers in about 5 years after he leaves the Chiefs?

  28. coachstram says: Jan 22, 2009 12:28 PM

    Please, God, NO!
    That would make my worst nightmare ahlfway realized. Jim Nantz announcing a KC game with “The Ferret” on the sidelines.
    I’m feeling ill.

  29. miserablecur says: Jan 22, 2009 12:33 PM

    If Herm Edwards is replaced that would make 11 coaching changes since the start of the 2008 season. Considering that 4 new coaches were hired before the 2008 season, the amount of change (15/33 head coaches)has to be unprecedented in the NFL, if not any modern American pro sport.
    I know the SB head coaches this year are in their first positions, but the majority of recent SB winning coaches have been in their second positions.
    Makes you wonder if the owners aren’t scapegoating coaches because underachieving GMs sell them out and wholesale player changes aren’t economic.

  30. teddybayer says: Jan 23, 2009 5:50 PM

    I see why KC wants Shanny. Why would Shanny want KC? Barbecue? Revenge on Denver? I don’t see it.
    Got a buck? This ain’t gonna happen.
    The Chefs indeed.
    By the way, Rossy P, just because you post it, doesn’t make it true. Dan Reeves is a scumbag, just ask me.

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