'Skins deny Shanahan report

Earlier today, Rosenthal pointed out the report from John Czarnecki of FOX that Redskins owner Daniel Snyder already has approached Mike Shanahan twice regarding the possibility of taking over the head-coaching job in D.C.

Per Czarnecki, the first run was made at Shanahan came in the offseason.  The more recent attempt came during the 2009 season.

A team source strongly denied the report in a Sunday morning communication to PFT. 

But we’re not sure anyone is going to believe it. 

Rumors were rampant in the offseason that Snyder had been talking to Shanahan behind the scenes.  The fact that the Redskins pursued quarterback Jay Cutler (whom Shanahan drafted) and reportedly were interested in rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez (in whom the same Denver front office that worked with Shanahan in Denver was interested) served only to legitimize the notion that Shanahan would be the next coach of the Redskins.

Indeed, Jay Glazer of FOX reports that it’s universally believed in league circles that Shanahan will be the next head coach of the Redskins, and that many believe it could happen during the season.

Glazer also explains that Shanahan could be hired on an interim basis only.  We’ve been told by the league office, however, that Shanahan could get the full-time job during the season if the Redskins conduct a search process that complies with the Rooney Rule.

If Shanahan is an interim hire, the post-season job search would require full compliance with the Rooney Rule — and it would be challenging to get a minority candidate to interview for a job that everyone assumes Shanahan will keep.

Then there’s the money angle.  Unless Shanahan makes more than $7 million in 2010 and more than $7 million 2010, he’ll be working for free.  With the current trend having teams go young (and cheap), Shanahan will need to maximize his leverage in order to maximize his payday. 

Focusing only on the Redskins would make it harder to Shanahan to get top dollar; he needs to show some leg to Jerry Jones, too.
And Shanahan surely won’t be hiking up his skirt until January, at the earliest.

10 responses to “'Skins deny Shanahan report

  1. Of course they’re not telling the truth here. Snyder has shown in the past that he’s more than willing to fire a coach during the season.
    Especially if the Skins can’t beat the Panthers today.
    Shanahan isn’t gonna do it, though, if he can’t get the autonomy he wants, and I wonder if Snyder will give it to him.

  2. Just FYI …..
    In a strange coincidence Mike Shanahan went from being a genius greatest coach of all time to being at best a very average coach at the exact same time as John Elway retired.
    The exact same thing will happen to Belichick when Tom Brady retires.

  3. Until Mr.Snyder stops making football decisions for this team, and hires a football mind to fix this mess this franchise will never return to it’s glory days. I hope all the critizism (thats on its way after today) is pointed directly at the owner. He needs to climb out from under his rock and take the heat for their shortcomings.

  4. Probably another reason they brought in Sherm Lewis. I’m sure they gave him a fat salary but he had to agree to a “formal” interview to satisfy the Rooney rule.

  5. Why would Shanahan want to be a part of this mess? Joe Gibbs looked like a rookie coach most of his second time around. The reason there is not a GM. There is a numbers guy that is dating Dan Snyder and that is about it. This team has sucked, continues to suck, and will always suck as long as the AG Duo are running it.

  6. the post-season job search would require full compliance with the Rooney Rule — and it would be challenging to get a minority candidate to interview for a job that everyone assumes Shanahan will keep.
    Promote someone off the street to assistant coach of special teams for a week. Interview for position and give job to Shanny. Conditions met.
    Teams were required to interview at least one minority candidate when filling a head coaching position — or be fined.
    In 2003, the NFL fined the Detroit Lions $200,000 for failure to interview minority candidates for the team’s vacant head coaching job. After Marty Mornhinweg was fired, the Lions immediately hired former San Francisco 49ers head coach Steve Mariucci to replace him without interviewing any other candidates. The Lions claimed they attempted to interview other candidates but that the minority candidates withdrew from interviews, believing Mariucci’s hiring was inevitable.

  7. on a different note,guess Broncs are for real as Princess Brady couldn’t scrape a few bulls**t calls out of the refs for some points.

  8. SKINS Fan in Nebraska,
    Dan Snyder would be a fool not to give full autonomy to any coach with the reputation of Shannihan, Holgrem, and Cowher. Obviously, Vinny doesn’t know what he’s doing when it comes to drafts and free agents. Hell, Jim Zorn may have had a better year if he had more say in the draft/free agent picks.

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