MORT AND SCHEFTER DUEL OVER REPORTS OF SHANAHAN TO CHIEFS

This is getting pretty good.
Two of the top NFL information men in the business are engaged in a duel regarding the question of whether the Kansas City Chiefs are talking to former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan regarding the possibility of replacing former Chiefs coach Herm Edwards.
Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that the Chiefs and Shanahan are closing in on a deal.
Adam Schefter of NFL Network reported on Thursday, and has reiterated today, that the Chiefs have made no contact with Shanahan.
“[U]nless people I have known for years are blatantly lying to me, Shanahan is not going to be the next head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs,” Schefter writes. “It is not happening. People can keep talking as if it is. But it is not. He will not be the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009.”
Pistols or swords, gentlemen?

62 responses to “MORT AND SCHEFTER DUEL OVER REPORTS OF SHANAHAN TO CHIEFS

  1. I’ll take Schefter over Mort any day. Mortensen has made too many big mistakes over the years that he never acknowledges after the fact.

  2. Mort v. Schefter is a no-brainer. Mort is only slightly better at breaking stories than Florio at about 50% accuracy. Schefter never misses. Reports from AS and Glazer are the only guys you can trust 100%.

  3. oh this is getting interesting. this could be one of those things that the person who is right will get much more respect and be officially the leading informational man. with the exception of you florio of course. i bet schefter is right he has a relationship with shanny anyway.

  4. Schefter was a beat reporter for the Broncos and knows Shanahan fairly well, so I tend to believe him on this.

  5. How did or will the Chiefs get around the Rooney Rule?
    That could be a rather expensive hire as no potential candidates seen so far comply. Fine and draft pick(s).

  6. Not only does Schefter have more credibility — especially given his history with Shanahan — but why would Shanahan want the Chiefs job? I still think he will have more attractive options in Dallas, and possibly in D.C. or San Diego, if he bides his time. Besides, Bowlen has to pay him around $7 mil per year for the next 3 years, so why would Shanahan be in a huge hurry to snap up the first job that comes along? I know he’d like to stick it to the Broncos twice a year, but if you have followed Shanahan at all, you know that winning a Super Bowl is more important than beating any specific team.

  7. This just in from Chris Landry:
    “[U]nless people I have known for years are blatantly lying to me, Shanahan is not going to be the next head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs,” Schefter writes. “It is not happening. People can keep talking as if it is. But it is not. He will not be the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009.”

  8. As reported many times by this site, ESPN always goes for the flamboyant story at the detriment of reporting a true story. This has been confirmed as now ESPN is backtracking by saying that Shanahan is being targeted as a coaching candidate instead of the earlier report that they are close to a deal. Nevertheless, the fact that Shanahan could coach the Chiefs has to be exciting as he gets to coach against his former teams the Raiders (which owes him money and to whom he owes money as well) and the Broncos who just fired him. Could Shanahan be a bitter man who takes his revenge against his old team by coaching a bitter rival in the same division?

  9. I will never forget the night before the 2006 NFL draft where the Texans admitted they had a deal and were going to select Mario Williams yet Mort would not back off an earlier report and said it was all a smokescreen and they were going to select Reggie Bush.

  10. Wouldn’t it be great if Pioli gave different stories to different front office people to find out who leaks info to the press and who doesn’t? then he could avoid the mess that existed in Cleveland last year.

  11. ESPN has turned into the MSNBC of the Sports World. Got away from what got you there. They are better off running reruns of the NHL vs the crap they roll out there now.

  12. Rooney Rule
    Some one on one of the boards. I think it was Chiefs Crowd stated that they saw Dennis Green (in suit and tie) at Ruth Kris Steakhouse in KC. Take it for what it is worth.

  13. I only wish some Shanahan-Cowboys rumors would break, so we could get Ed Werder involved in the duel. We could call it the “Triangle of Death” or something — brought to you by Sprint phones, of course — and put it on pay per view!

  14. Mort will be shown to be a professional liar once again.
    Schefter has his nose planted in Shinyhand’s crotch so he is most likely right.

  15. Schefter and Shanahan are pretty close.
    Chances are, if the Chiefs are close to signing Shanahan, Shanahan knows about it…. and Schefter would too.
    As of late, Mortensen seems to be backing off his comments, sayint that Shanahan is “a target” of the Chiefs or words to that effect.
    This of course wouldn’t be the first time ESPN was ESPWrong

  16. “How did or will the Chiefs get around the Rooney Rule?”
    That is my question as well? Would certainly be looked into now, even if Shanahan got the job.

  17. As a Giants fan, I remember the 2007 season beginning with the prospect of Eli Manning missing 4 weeks due to a shoulder injury after Week 1, according to Mortensen. Then he never missed a start. Then he won a Super Bowl.
    And yet still, with the preponderance of evidence as mentioned throughout, Mortensen still has a job. He and Clayton should disappear.

  18. I’m sure that Shefter has Shanahan’s Agent on speed-dial so we can be safe to assume that if the agent isn’t negotiating, then it ain’t happening…

  19. Schefter would probably be the one media person that would get theinside info from the Shanahan side…i believe they wrote a book together..& there is an unconfirmed rumour here that Schefter once read a book to Todd Sauerbrun..
    so the final score of this pissing match will be interesting

  20. “[U]nless people I have known for years are blatantly lying to me, Shanahan is not going to be the next head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs,” Schefter writes. “It is not happening. People can keep talking as if it is. But it is not. He will not be the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009.”
    … And my Mankok is bigger then Morts.

  21. I really hope Shefter is right, because like everyone else espn is just continually going downhill, i watch espnews for highlights because sportscenter is that bad.

  22. “How did or will the Chiefs get around the Rooney Rule?”
    Maybe there’s some crazy loophole I don’t know about where if you fire a minority you don’t have to interview a minority? I was wondering the same thing as you.

  23. And besides why would a GM like Pioli want a guy who’s going to demand so much personal power and so much money? A hot assistant like Haley will cost half the $$$ what Shanahan would want. I with Schefter on this as well and lets face it; Mort hasn’t been batting much above .200 the last year or so.

  24. GarrettBarnes says:
    January 23rd, 2009 at 6:07 pm
    oh this is getting interesting. this could be one of those things that the person who is right will get much more respect and be officially the leading informational man. WITH THE EXCEPTION OF YOU FLORIO OF COURSE. i bet schefter is right he has a relationship with shanny anyway.
    =============================================================
    i have no further comment on this subject because i could not posibly care less but GarrettBarnes burn on Florio was funny enough for a repost.

  25. pistols or swords? Mort looks more like the sword swallower type with that gay haircut from 19983. Judge SMAILS

  26. Adam co-wrote Shanahan’s book and was the first reporter to talk with him after he was fired. Adam also still lives in Denver as does Shanahan. Connect the dots and come to your own conclusion who is reporting accurately.

  27. The Chiefs are not negotiating with Shanny because that would be in violation of the Rooney Rule. Schefter will prevail.

  28. Of course Mortenson is right….you know, just like he was when he reported that Don Martindale is going to be the next head-coach of the Raiders. He’s quality man…

  29. The Chiefs said the following:
    “Herm is an outstanding football coach and a man of integrity..Herm is a great man and a tremendous football coach. He respects the game and the league, and he is passionate about his players and his craft.”
    How stupid does this sound? Twenty-four hours ago, the Chiefs employed someone they publicly opined is an outstanding and tremendous football coach, is a man of integrity, respects the game and the league, and is passionate about his players and craft. WTF? They fire someone who they believe has all those qualities? It sounds beyond stupid. I have no tolerance when teams, players and coaches insult the intelligence of the fans. Enough with the BS. I would rather hear, “the NFL is a results oriented business and the results are evaluated strictly by wins and losses. We decided to make a coaching change in the interest of trying to improve our bottom line results. We wish Herm the best.”

  30. Shanahan likes beating his old teams, so I could see this, and I think Shefter may be letting his old ties to the Broncos cloud his thinking. Personally, I am waiting for Glazer, who never misses.

  31. maybe mort was told Shanahan and assumed it was Mike, but the source was actually talking about his son Kyle the O coordinator from the Texans

  32. the kc job is enticing to him , just think he would rather go to a team that is a lil bit closer to the lombardi trophy than the chiefs.ya to go against the raiders and broncos would be nice , he will wait. adam is by far the best in the business, mort is a unreliable moronic idiot.

  33. Mort and Clayton are rumor mongerers.
    Now Mort is back pedaling.
    Espn is reporting that Chiefs are targejting Mike Shanahan as replacement, but team official tells ESPN’s Chris “Hi Mom” Mortensen he does not believe Shanahan will be hired.
    HUH?
    Espn is becoming a hack job.
    but good coverage of events. what can you do?
    just don’t believe what they say.
    they’ll come out with something to create drama for one of these super bowl teams next week. can’t wait to find out what that will be. great.

  34. espn is appearing more like “professional wrestling” every day. they have emmitt-i make up words-smith, john-cryptkeeper-clayton, chris-i lie every day and get paid for it-mortensen, chris-the dick vitale of football-berman, dick-i overreact about everything-vitale, stuart-i have a crazy eye, but you cannot tell which eye is the crazy one-scott, and cris-i am a $%^@$@#$$ moron-carter. if only they had madden. who knows, if madden doesn’t go to the raiders, they can sign him to comment on what favre is doing at home every week.

  35. @MontyKC I pledge eternal devotion to whichever reporter takes up the chase on the Dennis Green steakhouse beat. There needs to be a Denny Rule staying he gets an interview in any town where he finishes the 32 oz strip steak without bursting a button on his suit.

  36. Doesn’t anyone remember that Schefter was the Broncos beat guy for years? His contacts here are golden, that’s how he climbed the ladder to NFLN. Shame on ESPN and Chris Mortenson. If you are relating this to any major flub in the history of sports writing, there is only one example that stands out as large as this tall tale…
    Terry Bradshaw dead at (really old)

  37. With Mort and Schefter, I doubt there would be a sword fight. Most likely a pocket knife fight… Remember Mort is a professional liar.

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