Well, it’s happening.
With the Redskins locked onto Mike Shanahan as their next head coach and Shanahan not committed (yet) to taking over the team, we think his next move is to get another franchise to the table, in the hopes of driving up his ultimate price tag.
Initially, we thought he’d try to get the Cowboys to bite, but a day after Jay Glazer of FOX reported that the Cowboys aren’t interested in Shanahan, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that Shanahan isn’t interested in the Cowboys.
Enter the Bears.
According to ESPNChicago.com, a “close friend” of Shanahan’s says that the former Broncos coach would be “extremely interested” in the Bears’ head-coaching job.
“The job is really attractive to Mike,” the friend told Melissa Isaacson of ESPNChicago.com. “It’s home. It’s a great
challenge because that roster needs to be made over, and the one guy
there to build the team around is the one guy he has already built a
team around and with whom he has a tremendous comfort level, Jay Cutler.”
And while G.M. Jerry Angelo likely would have to go if the Bears were to target former Steelers coach Bill Cowher, Shanahan would be willing to co-exist with Angelo, supposedly.
As long as Shanahan would have final say.
“Mike’s contention,” the friend said, “is, ‘Hey if I’m working with a
good GM, I have no problem with that. I want to be surrounded by a good
GM, good scouting department, and I would gladly take recommendations
and execute your recommendations but ultimately, I would like the final
say.’ If there’s a disagreement between the three or four people in the
room, Mike would like to be able to say, ‘This is the guy I want.'”
In Washington, the foundation already is in place for Shanahan to call the shots. New G.M. Bruce Allen didn’t have absolute power while working with (under) Jon Gruden, and despite what the Redskins say, Allen won’t have it in D.C., if Shanahan takes the job.
In Chicago, Angelo isn’t likely to yield final say. But if Shanahan can at least get the Bears to come sniff around a bit, Shanahan might be able to squeeze more money out of the ‘Skins.