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Shanahan is definitely in play for the Redskins

There have been all sorts of reports and whispers and Tweets regarding the question of whether Mike Shanahan will be the next coach of the Redskins.

And based on the information we’ve gathered from sources whom we trust, we are convinced that Shanahan is and has been talking to the Redskins, and that Shanahan can have the job if he wants it.

But it’s not a done deal.  As with the Vinny Cerrato-Bruce Allen swap, the Redskins possibly have to comply with the Rooney Rule before putting Zorn in a box and pulling the curtain shut and saying the magic words and then dropping the curtain to reveal Shanahan.

It’s also possible that Shanahan will decide not to take the job.  As Mike Klis of the Denver Post pointed out last night, Shanahan is still owed $7 million in 2010 and $7 million in 2011.  Thus, if he makes anything less than $7 million per year to coach the Redskins, Shanahan will essentially be working for free.

Regardless of how it all turns out, Shanahan has definitely been talking to the Redskins and Shanahan definitely is in play.  We are more convinced of those facts than anything we’ve ever previously reported, and anyone who says anything contrary to that is either misinformed or advancing an agenda.

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44 Responses to “Shanahan is definitely in play for the Redskins”
  1. chapnasty says: Dec 18, 2009 8:47 PM

    AGAIN WITH THE ROONEY RULE!!! Darnit Florio!

  2. jrforbes3 says: Dec 18, 2009 8:49 PM

    GREAT! Can he start Monday?

  3. Maddenboy says: Dec 18, 2009 8:50 PM

    appreciate the iron-clad nature of the reliance on the sources.
    And you’ve been doing this a long time, but occasionally you cite a source so very strongly that you all-but name the source (because few, or one, persons would be in position to know for 100% sure). Just f.y.i.

  4. DASKINS says: Dec 18, 2009 8:55 PM

    Yesterdays news…obviously you don’t have anything to write about…he will be the coach of skins…it’s a formality.

  5. slipkid says: Dec 18, 2009 8:56 PM

    snyder should interview osamabama. after all, he is working miracles with the economy!

  6. GoCaps8 says: Dec 18, 2009 8:56 PM

    I could live with Shanny running the show. The Redskins could do much worse. While I have doubts about Bruce Allen’s personnel abilities, there is no question that Shanahan/Allen is an upgrade over Zorn/Cerrato.
    Hope Florio is right on this.

  7. dirtyTHIRTY says: Dec 18, 2009 9:00 PM

    The Rooney Rule = Telling Blache to interview for the job then firing him when Shanahan brings in his own staff.

  8. efangule says: Dec 18, 2009 9:01 PM

    Just because he had 14 mil over 2 years left doesn’t mean that was the settled on deal when he was fired.
    Stupid media and their speculations.

  9. JaggedMark says: Dec 18, 2009 9:01 PM

    Chris Mortenson told Randy Galloway of the Dallas Star Tribune & espn 103.3 Thursday that he would be willing to bet a very large amount of money that Shanahan coaches the Redskins next year. He said he’s 100% sure of it.
    So there you go

  10. MurderCapital#1 says: Dec 18, 2009 9:07 PM

    Please no.
    He looks too much like a rat.

  11. filthymcnasty says: Dec 18, 2009 9:14 PM

    Ya think?

  12. benjua says: Dec 18, 2009 9:16 PM

    “Thus, if he makes anything less than $7 million per year to coach the Redskins, Shanahan will essentially be working for free.”
    this is quite possibly the most non-sensical sentence in the history of the internet.

  13. valrich79 says: Dec 18, 2009 9:16 PM

    It doesn’t mean much, but I was at the Raider game watching my team get stommped again and the Redskins COO and some investment proffessional that worked for the organization were just creaming their self over Shanahan. They were talking about the $10 milly that shanarat turned down from the bills.
    I think they were slumming it in the west side club section just for sh!ts and giggles

  14. sdot says: Dec 18, 2009 9:21 PM

    Less than $7 mil is working for free? What a tough life.

  15. dandydon says: Dec 18, 2009 9:22 PM

    Confident about your sources Florio. Gee, I wonder who you talked too? Peter King. Stop blowing him. You are pathetic

  16. JetGreeeen says: Dec 18, 2009 9:28 PM

    Shanahan hasn’t done d!ck without Elway & Davis. He sucks. I hope he does go to Washington so I can continue to laugh at Snyder.

  17. dead money says: Dec 18, 2009 9:30 PM

    Dude. You wanna be first soooooooooooo bad. Its pathetic.

  18. BottleKnockers says: Dec 18, 2009 9:32 PM

    Even more convinced than Terry Bradshaw is dead?

  19. Drafty says: Dec 18, 2009 9:41 PM

    Hope you land him, Danny!
    All you’ll have to do from that point is get yourself a Hall of Fame-caliber QB, LT, TE, C, and S before Shanny starts his first day.
    Then pray to god you have a Pro Bowl-caliber WR already in place on the practice squad, and hit on a Pro Bowl-caliber (and potential HOF) RB; plus a LG, MLB, and RT in the off-season courtesy of an uncredited “GM” …. And you’re in business!
    Get rid of any offensive linemen who weigh more than 280 lbs – they don’t fit “The System” – and replace them with undrafted college free agents, pay out another buttload for some useless defensive linemen – check with Eric Mangini – on the open market next year ….
    And good luck to you!

  20. Start Colt Brennan says: Dec 18, 2009 9:44 PM

    My prediction…Shanny will be named team president and head coach after the season. Kubiack and his staff(which includes Shanahan’s son) will be fired in Houston. He will hire is boy as offensive coordinator. Mike will coach for five years and then hand the keys over to his son and will remain as team president.
    Not sure if it is the right move but anything is better than Vinny

  21. rjgreen3 says: Dec 18, 2009 9:46 PM

    Shanny likes to have so much control, it would be hard to see him take the coaching job without the GM position with it. Then again maybe he learned something in Denver! If he takes the job and is able to concentrate on coaching and only a few personnel decisions the NFC East better lookout!

  22. Brewster says: Dec 18, 2009 9:55 PM

    Shanahan is still owed $7 million in 2010 and $7 million in 2011. Thus, if he makes anything less than $7 million per year to coach the Redskins, Shanahan will essentially be working for free.
    Are you serious? Any first law student could structure a contract with provisions to overcome this minor obstacle. In fact I could do it and I’m not an attorney or a first year law student.

  23. HughJassPhD says: Dec 18, 2009 10:01 PM

    We are more convinced of those facts than anything we’ve ever previously reported, and anyone who says anything contrary to that is either misinformed or advancing an agenda.
    You sound like Al Gore. And in case you were wondering, that’s not a good thing.

  24. Bill In DC says: Dec 18, 2009 10:01 PM

    No idea why Redskins fans are in such a tizzy over Shanahan. Sans Elway his Denver teams were mediocre to poor.

  25. gweetarman says: Dec 18, 2009 10:06 PM

    Alright people. Inevitably, some dumbass is going to come on here and rip Florio for something. Let’s just give that a rest. I read these comments a fair amount and it’s amazing to me how many people actually take the time to read the site and then bash the writer OF the site. Not sure where the logic is in that. Plus, it’s usually a poorly educated dill hole who says LOL a lot and doesn’t know the difference between ‘there’ and ‘they’re.’ If you’re (the apostrophe implies the word is a contraction of YOU ARE—no, YOUR is not the same word) really so hell bent on trashing Florio, then go somewhere else. This is the only site where you can get fact and very reliable rumors (that happen most of the time) about football while also being entertained because somebody named Mike Florio actually makes the articles funny and enjoyable to read. I come to this site a bunch of times a day and I appreciate everything about it. Kudos to Florio and the guys that operate PFT. It’s great. Go the h*** somewhere else if you need to complain.

  26. Mean D says: Dec 18, 2009 10:16 PM

    gweetarman and Florio – there gay lovers.

  27. packerfanfornot4life says: Dec 18, 2009 10:17 PM

    regardless of how bad Zorn is, i find it distasteful to negotiate with someone before the coach is even fired.
    I have always hated Snyder because he tries to buy championships and won’t let the coaches and GM do their jobs just like JJ in Dallas.
    Behind the riddler (Al Davis) Snyder is the worst owner in the league.

  28. DoomsDayD75 says: Dec 18, 2009 10:26 PM

    If u guys hate florio so much stop reading his site. Every page click he gets inevitably makes him more money and increases his status in the NFL community.
    Except you won’t stop. Because like me and many others, you need your fix of the Internet equivalent of crack.

  29. Boon says: Dec 18, 2009 10:34 PM

    I agree with gweeterman, even if Mike Florio’s manhood is buried in this guys rectum…

  30. EskinSux says: Dec 18, 2009 11:05 PM

    Maye Wade Phillps will be available……..Just sayin…..He can call him in midseason to design plays……Jones….Snyder…whats the difference?

  31. kovvboyzfan says: Dec 18, 2009 11:11 PM

    I love it how so many Redskins fans, here in DC, think that Shanny is gonna make a difference. Danny Boy hired a pushover of a GM and is still going to mismanage player personnel like clockwork. Shanahan is just another high priced face that the midget wants on his team. I would be revelling in the skins misfortune, however the owner of my favorite team (down in Dallas) is Snyder’s evil twin.

  32. Michael LaRocca says: Dec 18, 2009 11:13 PM

    Your friendly neighborhood Shanahan

  33. AmishGangsta says: Dec 18, 2009 11:26 PM

    Gweetarman=Florio. Settle down man. Your getting entirely to worked up. Lol.

  34. Florio-is-a-tool says: Dec 18, 2009 11:27 PM

    The L’il General usually waits until March for his offseason Super Bowl victory.
    If ‘Skins fans are smart (it’s not likely ’cause they hand their money to him like they’re begging to be swindled) then they’ll view this with skepticism because nothing Danny Boy has done has been the right move. Danny says he’s learned his lesson then can’t stop tinkering with his favorite toy. I seriously doubt any move he makes with work, same with that bad face-lift guy down to the south-west.

  35. coachjb4 says: Dec 18, 2009 11:43 PM

    I think some of you are missing his point about why he would be working for free. He gets $7M for sitting on his ass and doing nothing. If given a choice between working and getting paid a salary or collecting the same salary and being on vacation all year, most would choose the latter.

  36. moltobuttstomp says: Dec 18, 2009 11:56 PM

    I really don’t see anything special about Mike Shanahan.
    His brand of ball won’t work in the NFC East but of course it didn’t work in Denver either once Elway was selling cars full time.

  37. dandydon says: Dec 19, 2009 12:20 AM

    U need to try and get some puss sometime. U are a homo like florio

  38. FumbleNuts says: Dec 19, 2009 12:24 AM

    “Thus, if he makes anything less than $7 million per year to coach the Redskins, Shanahan will essentially be working for free.”
    Open up the checkbook Snyder, this is going to cost you!
    Keep him AT LEAST 4-5 yrs to get this Trainwreck turned around.

  39. el_dude00 says: Dec 19, 2009 2:57 AM

    Shanny is a great coach. You ‘Skins fans will be lucky to have him. Bag on the way he got the rings all you want, but he’s got them. Keep him from hiring Slowick, and you’ll be fine. His last few seasons were rough, be a “rough” season for Shanny is better than the deadskins have had in recent years.

  40. truthsayer says: Dec 19, 2009 3:17 AM

    @ Start Colt Brennan
    Are you that “exterminator” that called into 106.7 today? You’re sharing that dude’s “nuggets” so you were at least listening… any other nuggets? What vermin they’re carting out of Redskin Park?

  41. stillworker says: Dec 19, 2009 9:17 AM

    gweetarman says:
    “……..I come to this site a bunch of times a day……………….”
    ………and you have the balls to correct another person’s grammar??
    Methinks you might be a poorly educated dill hole.
    One other item…………do you swallow?

  42. Asswipe Johnson (Pronounced Az-Wee-Pay) says: Dec 19, 2009 9:20 AM

    Mike Florio said:
    “We are more convinced of those facts than anything we’ve ever previously reported, and anyone who says anything contrary to that is either misinformed or advancing an agenda.”
    Russ Grimm will soon be sending you his shaved moustache hairs…yes, the ones he just blew his nose on.

  43. WTE says: Dec 19, 2009 9:47 AM

    Are these the same trustful sources who told you the Patriots would cut Randy Moss during the 2007 training camp?
    Or the same trustful sources who said Terry Bradshaw was dead?
    Or the same trustful sources who said Eagles DT Brodrick Bunkley was arrested on a weapons charge when it was really Jabar Gaffney?

  44. F-Dallas says: Dec 19, 2009 11:51 AM

    I love how the drones from the “far right” of the Republican party like to post little jabs here and there on sites like this.
    Talk about sore losers!
    Criticize Obama all you want about where we are with Health Care, but knocking him about the economy? Are you just stupid? Bush/Cheney put us in this mess, a mess that was supposed to get worse this year, but the Obama administration has managed to make economic improvements across the board (sky rocketing stock market, improved real estate figures, much better than expected unemployment numbers, etc.)
    And by the way, the Republicans just voted AGAINST funding our troops. In case you’re wondering, that’s a BAD thing.

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