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Report: Shanahan would be "extremely interested" in Bears job

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.

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47 Responses to “Report: Shanahan would be "extremely interested" in Bears job”
  1. last starfighter says: Dec 24, 2009 5:42 PM

    Way to drive up your price in DC. If Snyder wants him, Snyder will have him. Also, he’d have personnel say in DC that he wouldn’t in chicago.

  2. gweetarman says: Dec 24, 2009 5:42 PM

    I hope Shanny takes the Bears gig. Fire Lovie. His team is so generic, it’s sick. He’s worse than Rod Marinelli.

  3. ken hawk says: Dec 24, 2009 5:43 PM

    Good fit. But the McCaskeys probably won’t bite.

  4. Buff_bronc_fan says: Dec 24, 2009 5:45 PM

    $100 says the anonymous”friend” is Adam Schefter.

  5. TFBuckFutter says: Dec 24, 2009 5:52 PM

    Does anyone else think that Jay Cutler is sandbagging Lovie, the Bears, and this season in order to get Shanahan in there?
    I mean, let’s face it….he’s shown he is the kind of guy who would do something like that.

  6. Dynamohum says: Dec 24, 2009 5:52 PM

    Once a Rat, always a Rat.

  7. Grimace421 says: Dec 24, 2009 5:58 PM

    I seriously bet that the Washington Job is a ploy for Shanny to get more money in Chicago…
    I just don’t know if I like the idea of Shanahan being a head coach in Chicago with so much power over the front office…
    Either way, we need to Fire Lovie AND JA and get this ship fixed…
    And what ever happened with the rumor about Shanny wanting to cut Cutler before he got fired? Any truth to that? If so, I wonder how that affects his decision…

  8. DanSnyderSux says: Dec 24, 2009 6:05 PM

    I hope he takes the Bears job just so he can stick it to Danny. He’s turned that organization into a joke!

  9. mike says: Dec 24, 2009 6:06 PM

    Why do I come this website?? Ads and more Ads and now Mike Shanahan coaching a new team every week…………..

  10. downwithdansnyder says: Dec 24, 2009 6:07 PM

    LOL. They have a coach and a GM. Sure would be funny(and cheaper for the ‘Skins) if the Bears came out and said, “thanks, but no thanks”. Shanny (to borrow Brett Favre’s slang) is dragging his feet until the regular season is over and openings become apparent.

  11. THEpackersAREwhere? says: Dec 24, 2009 6:34 PM

    Why would anybody choose to go to the bers (spelled that way intentionally)?? The Bers would be my last choice, well near last, right ahead of DET and CLE.

  12. kazkal says: Dec 24, 2009 6:38 PM

    —Either way, we need to Fire Lovie AND JA and get this ship fixed…
    And what ever happened with the rumor about Shanny wanting to cut Cutler before he got fired? Any truth to that? If so, I wonder how that affects his decision…—–
    You don’t cut Franchise QB’s…Franchise WR’s though are a different story if I remember correctly it was Marshall he wanted to cut.

  13. PolegoJim says: Dec 24, 2009 6:38 PM

    Shanahan and Cutler together would bring the same results to Chicago that it brought to Denver.
    Some really good stats and a few exciting games… short… if any… post season and zero Division or any other Championships.
    Be care what you asked for Chicago, remember the awesome, difference making, franchise QB you thought you were getting?

  14. mad555 says: Dec 24, 2009 6:59 PM

    hmmmm, how bout that, and you know what? I would be extremely interested if I gave a rats ass.

  15. spliffbunker says: Dec 24, 2009 7:01 PM

    of course he would be interested & there will probably more options for him…his first gig was with Oakland & on his worst day Al Davis would be better to work for than Snyder…
    everyone rags on his post-Elway record but every year he put a playoff contender on the field…1 losing season since 1995…Steelers fans can flaunt their rings but it took them 10 years to get back to the game after losing to Dallas & that was 20 years after their last AFC championship
    wherever he goes that team will get better

  16. Bearsblow says: Dec 24, 2009 7:03 PM

    C’mon in Shanny. The rest of the NFC north would love another decade of Mediocrity from the asshat bears.

  17. Beast Of The East says: Dec 24, 2009 7:06 PM

    @gweetarman
    “I hope Shanny takes the Bears gig. Fire Lovie. His team is so generic, it’s sick. He’s worse than Rod Marinelli.”
    Lovie who took his team to a superbowl with rex grossman at qb i might add, is worse than marinelli who could not even win a game in the season? did you just start watching football yesterday? get a clue. go sell crazy somewhere else, we’re all stocked up here.

  18. 1stngoal says: Dec 24, 2009 7:07 PM

    Shanahan would bring the “West Coast” offense to Chicago, and I believe guys like Greg Olsen and Matt Forte would thrive in that system. Their value in fantasy leagues would skyrocket.It would be a good move for the Bears, but I don’t know if the McCaskey’s are smart enough to make it happen…

  19. cyanide says: Dec 24, 2009 7:12 PM

    Kazkal, it was Marshall he was going to cut, NOT CUTLER.

  20. SuzyKolberIsAwesome says: Dec 24, 2009 7:49 PM

    2 Coaches Fired in 2 years, that would make Jay Cutler a COACH KILLER, …he’s making Jeff George proud

  21. last starfighter says: Dec 24, 2009 8:04 PM

    # 1stngoal says: December 24, 2009 7:07 PM
    Shanahan would bring the “West Coast” offense to Chicago, and I believe guys like Greg Olsen and Matt Forte would thrive in that system. Their value in fantasy leagues would skyrocket.It would be a good move for the Bears, but I don’t know if the McCaskey’s are smart enough to make it happen…
    —————————————————————
    I think you have a point. The quick, short pass west coast offense is designed to get production out of mediocre players that can’t cut it in a normal offense.

  22. WCRaider says: Dec 24, 2009 8:07 PM

    Good thing Shannyrat is only interested in jobs that are currently filled. What a completely unethical jackass.

  23. ninjapleazee says: Dec 24, 2009 8:55 PM

    I’d rather have Cowher to chicago then shann

  24. chunky soupy sales says: Dec 24, 2009 9:13 PM

    “I think you have a point. The quick, short pass west coast offense is designed to get production out of mediocre players that can’t cut it in a normal offense.”
    LOL, you’re a cold, cold man.

  25. Beauregard says: Dec 24, 2009 9:27 PM

    Shanahan would be hands down the best thing to happen to the Bears since Ditka.
    After the Broncos the Bears are my favorite franchise and I’d love to see this happen.
    Shanny brings a LOT to the table with experience and offensive brilliance. Sure things got stale in Denver for him over the years but a change of scenery will do all some good. You see, you build championship teams step by step, and each step takes a certain amount of patience. You’ve got your QB, now make a move with a coach who has two SB rings. Build the defense through the draft and hope to get lucky on a couple of picks.
    A little patience (Don’t give up on Cuttler after 1 year) and some right moves and Da Bears are major NFC contenders in no time.

  26. Favre On HGH says: Dec 24, 2009 9:35 PM

    Shanny makes $7 mil to sit on his arse for the next two years.
    Why would anyone give that up for a high stress job?

  27. Philtration says: Dec 24, 2009 9:42 PM

    # TFBuckFutter says: December 24, 2009 5:52 PM
    Does anyone else think that Jay Cutler is sandbagging Lovie, the Bears, and this season in order to get Shanahan in there?
    I mean, let’s face it….he’s shown he is the kind of guy who would do something like that.
    —————————————————-
    So I guess that Orton and Grossman were “sandbagging” it to make Lovie look like a shitty coach too eh?
    Maybe… just maybe Lovie Smith is in fact a shitty coach all by himself and this stupid obsession with Jay Cutler is boarding on jilted lover man crush.
    There are some truly clueless people that post comments here.

  28. Philtration says: Dec 24, 2009 9:53 PM

    # last starfighter says: December 24, 2009 8:04 PM
    # 1stngoal says: December 24, 2009 7:07 PM
    Shanahan would bring the “West Coast” offense to Chicago, and I believe guys like Greg Olsen and Matt Forte would thrive in that system. Their value in fantasy leagues would skyrocket.It would be a good move for the Bears, but I don’t know if the McCaskey’s are smart enough to make it happen…
    —————————————————————
    I think you have a point. The quick, short pass west coast offense is designed to get production out of mediocre players that can’t cut it in a normal offense.
    —————————————————
    Like the 49ers did while winning those Super Bowls right?
    Yet another dumb ass who gets his football knowledge from using cheat codes while playing Madden.

  29. FireJerryJones says: Dec 24, 2009 10:27 PM

    Not very classy. I would think he would wait til the incumbent is shown the door. Instead he’s instigating the firing of Lovie Smith.

  30. GoBears84 says: Dec 24, 2009 10:39 PM

    chicago needs cowher. power ground game, perennial defense, the types of teams pit and chi have been known for for so long, now throwing the ball more than ever.

  31. Mean D says: Dec 24, 2009 10:43 PM

    If Foreskins get Shanny the Bears can have Raheem Morris.

  32. Favre On HGH says: Dec 24, 2009 11:07 PM

    Good thing Shannyrat is only interested in jobs that are currently filled. What a completely unethical jackass.
    ———
    Saying the Redskins Head Coach position is currently filled is nonsense, Zorn has been an interim coach all year.
    _________
    “I think you have a point. The quick, short pass west coast offense is designed to get production out of mediocre players that can’t cut it in a normal offense.”
    ———
    I present Example A: The Philadelphia Eagles.

  33. Ravens Macg says: Dec 24, 2009 11:16 PM

    Play it shanrat………………get the most $$ you can then coach like it was the 90s! Won’t work, Bitch!

  34. east96street says: Dec 24, 2009 11:23 PM

    Favre On HGH says: “Shanny makes $7 mil to sit on his arse for the next two years.
    Why would anyone give that up for a high stress job?”
    Three letters. E-G-O.

  35. scrapdawg12 says: Dec 24, 2009 11:51 PM

    Sounds like a great fit. Shanahan likes Cutler but they have more issues than coaching. They need a WR and players that can play. Forte is obviously not going to pan out as a solid RB. Trade their 2nd and 3rd for Dwyane Bowe. With that 1st pick target a stud CB. Trade Forte off while he has some value b/c he’s a flop. Pick up some line help in FA.

  36. Philtration says: Dec 25, 2009 1:17 AM

    # FireJerryJones says: December 24, 2009 10:27 PM
    Not very classy. I would think he would wait til the incumbent is shown the door. Instead he’s instigating the firing of Lovie Smith.
    —————————————————–
    Lovie has done plenty to instigate his own firing here.
    A lot of Bears fans saw enough of him during the 2005 playoff game against Carolina and he has only pissed off the entire fan base since then.
    He cannot develop the players that are drafted, he plays too many guys out of position, he refuses to ever make an adjustment and he cannot even figure out how to use his timeouts.
    He is also in charge of a defense that is stopping no one and he has no answers for that.
    He is way too confused for a guy making $5.5 million a year.
    The Bears have already made their investment in Jay Cutler and they have to focus on giving him an O line, a real WR or two and some offensive play calling that does not look like it was drawn up in high school.
    They also have to dump the stupid Tampa-2 and that is all Lovie knows.
    He is just in the way on both sides of the ball.

  37. Mike R. says: Dec 25, 2009 2:50 AM

    Cutler and Shanahan blew a 3 game lead and missed the playoffs in Denver last year. Hire Shanahan and you’re basically saying Cutler is running the team . I’d hire Bill Cowher instead, he made the AFC Championship Game with Kordell Stewart who had no talent. Cutler does have talent.

  38. hardtolikedabears says: Dec 25, 2009 3:09 AM

    Of all the Superbowl coaches that are available, I like Cowher. But what about Rivera? If Chicago cleans out the garage and lets him put together a staff. Or Frazier? These guys are ex Bears and big prospects.

  39. dirk_diggler says: Dec 25, 2009 4:50 AM

    Shanahan is full of himself, neither Lovie, Wade or Zorn are gone yet. Sounds lie Shanahan is desperate to create a job for himself somewhere. He sucks

  40. gwinn1952 says: Dec 25, 2009 7:11 AM

    You can’t blame Jay Cutlers bad playing on Lovie…he doesn’t throw the ball. 27 INT….he needs better decision making. Cutler will never be a winner……he is not that good of a QB…showed it in Denver.

  41. Little Tommy says: Dec 25, 2009 7:46 AM

    I’m not sure about this. Shanny sort of rhymes with Wanny…know what I mean!

  42. Drafty says: Dec 25, 2009 9:16 AM

    “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.’
    What BS. Shamahan had a strong GM in Denver, but he kicked him out because that GM had his own ideas. Ultimately replaced him with Ted Dumbquist, the epitome of the sycophantic yes-man.
    Look for more futility if he winds up in Chicago, Bears fans. Shamahan still believes he won those Super Bowls, not the all-star talent his rosters were stocked with (the majority of which he had nothing to do with bringing in). How’d his “final say” work out once those stars got older and retired?

  43. wilsonml1 says: Dec 25, 2009 9:44 AM

    Shanahan would be a good fit BUT i think Lovie needs one more year to prove himself. He had his offense set up with orton and a running game. Then at the last minute he got hold of a real QB but didn’t have time to change his overall scheme. Give him the off season to reconstruct his offense around Cutler. Then if he can’t get didley done, punt him. No one should be judged on a game when the players are changed in mid-stride esp when the qb and the coach are from two different offensive systems.

  44. MCas1970 says: Dec 25, 2009 10:30 AM

    I still don’t understand, how after nothing but failure in the NFL, people still think of douchebag Jay Cutler as a “franchise quarterback” who should be catered to. What has he won?? The interception crown???
    The Bears need to start getting in re-building mode.

  45. Gravy says: Dec 25, 2009 10:38 AM

    Lovie’s not going anywhere when it would cost the McCaskie’s $11 mil.

  46. Ross says: Dec 25, 2009 10:57 AM

    Someone referred to Cutler as a “franchise QB”. I don’t see how you can call him that at this point. He has demonstrated nothing but arm strength to this point.

  47. radioboy20010 says: Dec 25, 2009 12:07 PM

    I was curious about this alleged report since Lovie hasn’t been fired. $11 million to pay off Lovie and$20 million or so for Shanahan? The money doesn’t add up for cheapskates like the Bears.
    Shanahan is simply trying to bring the $$ up for the Washington contract. Come to think of it, Jim Zorn hasn’t been fired yet, either.

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