Last year, the Eagles fired coach Andy Reid. And Andy Reid quickly became a hot commodity for the other vacancies.
This year, the Redskins have fired coach Mike Shanahan. And as the list of potential candidates continues to grow, Shanahan’s name hasn’t been mentioned once. By anyone. Anywhere.
The Texans made it clear via media leaks that they weren’t interested in Shanahan before Shanahan was fired. The Browns, Vikings, Lions, and Buccaneers have shown no interest whatsoever.
If other teams have no interest immediately in Shanahan, there’s a chance there never will be any interest in Shanahan — at least not enough to result in Shanahan once again becoming a head coach.
While he’s due to make roughly $7 million to not coach the Redskins in 2014, Shanahan has said nothing to suggest that he’ll retreat to his 35,000-square-foot mansion in Denver and collect fat stacks from Dan Snyder during the coming year. Even if Shanahan isn’t interested in coaching, everyone wants someone to be interested in their services.
The last time Shanahan was fired, the Redskins were interested, but they had a head coach. A year later, they had Shanahan.
That could happen again, in theory. But the last four years have further faded the memories of the pair of Super Bowl titles Shanahan won in the late ’90s.
For now, it appears that he’ll be sitting out the current game of musical chairs. This time around, there’s a chance he’ll be sidelined permanently.