Mike Shanahan doesn’t rule out a return to coaching in 2015

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A late-season leak to ESPN in 2013 made his plans clear for 2014.  A late-season appearance on ESPN in 2014 is showing Mike Shanahan’s hand for 2015.

In a sit-down with Sunday NFL Countdown host Chris Berman, the former Raiders, Broncos, and Washington coach didn’t rule out returning to the sidelines next season.  But Shanahan, 62, made it clear that he’s not interested in taking on a fixer-upper; he wants to coach a team that’s in position to win right away.

“Well, one thing that I want to do is win,” Shanahan said in response to the question of whether he wants to coach. “So it’s not just coaching but going to the right organization that will make a strong commitment. There’s only one team that’s happy at the end of the year and that’s the team that wins the Super Bowl.”

Earlier in the interview, Shanahan talked about Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, making it clear that the man who drafted Cutler nearly nine years ago still views Cutler as a franchise quarterback.  Which continues to make Shanahan the best choice to coach the franchise that currently employs Cutler.

Benching Cutler strongly suggests that the Bears would like to trade him.  If Shanahan is interested in the job, and if the job is interested in Shanahan, he’d be one of the few coaches who could be trusted completely when he says during the interview, “No, my first order of business wouldn’t be to run Jay Cutler out of town.”

Other jobs that possibly would interest Shanahan include the Falcons and 49ers.  Atlanta has a franchise quarterback still in his prime, and Shanahan previously worked as an offensive coordinator in San Francisco, helping the team to its fifth Super Bowl win, 20 years ago.

The question becomes whether any teams will be interested in Shanahan.  Sunday’s appearance on ESPN surely was aimed at getting his name in the mix as the coaching carousel starts to spin.

43 responses to “Mike Shanahan doesn’t rule out a return to coaching in 2015

  1. If this league were not scripted to a tee and every team had a fair chance, Mike Shanahan and the Redskins would still be talking in the present tense WITH a SUPERBOWL FROM 2012. But Mike has to keep Robert’s name out of his mouth. He failed him and left him out to dry PERIOD. #HTTR

  2. After his lame performances in Denver for so many years and his utter disaster in Washington, I wouldn’t hire Shanahan to coach a ninth grade girls’ jump roping team.

  3. Cutler has been a turnover machine. Cutler also has a great arm and is a very talented passer. If he can get some more talent around him with a culture change and a coach that can help him refine some of his tactics and decision-making, then he can be a much more efficient player. Throw the ball before taking hits and sacks and to somebody that is open. I just watched some highlights of the Lions game as I was typing this and the Lions made some big plays that could have been prevented if different choices were made by the QB/OL. I’m not complaining about the Lions players on that reel. And with any highlight, there’s always somebody that loses out to another. These particular times it was the Bears players who lost.

  4. 49ers would be a perfect fit for Mike. All joking aside he gave the Redskins a lot to build off of, Trent Williams, Ryan Kerrigan, Alfred Morris, Jordan Reed, Pierre Garçon, and yes even RGlll. He stands a chance at maybe doing something with Kap and the 49ers are a pretty much built team that can be a contender with the right leadership…Mike does have Super Bowl rings he knows how to win with a good team. My guess if he does go to the 49ers they will contend immediately.
    Good Luck Mike!

  5. It’s time for him to be put out to pasture. After what happened in Washington, what team would hire him? I think the way he handled the last several games in Washington was not good. On top of that, you are probably going to get Kyle Shanahan as the OC. I’d rather hire Forest Gump as my coach.

  6. You can say Raiders Or Broncos But you Can’t say Redskins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    They have been the Redskins Longer than the Raiders and Bronco Has existed.
    If the FCC says you can say Redskins, WHY CAN’T YOU?

  7. the game passed shanny by when john elway retired.shanny is a pathetic joke without elway on the roster.anybody that would hire him as a head coach must be really desperate.

  8. Any owner who is desperate enough to hire ShanaRat should be warned in advance: all he wants is his money. And he’ll use his buddy Adam Scheftler to do his media leaks.

    Him and Cutler, 2 negatives don’t necessarily make a positive.

  9. We already took the car keys away from Grandpa. Now he’s thinking of getting a job as a bus driver??!??

  10. Was never a big fan of Shanahan, when he was in Denver, but he did have Steve Young and RGIII (Running Quarterbacks) playing their best ball of their careers. I still don’t want to see Harbaugh go, but Shanahan would be a legitimate replacement that believe, can really get the most out of Kaepernick. Say what you will about Kaep, but he’s a “play-maker” and he proved it again last night.

  11. Shanahan has won with Hall of Fame QBs (Young and Elway). Gee, who hasn’t. But he is a great coach and another huge payday like he got from Dan Snyder shouldn’t hurt. A lot of people are saying Jed York is looking like the new Dan Snyder. Match made in heaven.

  12. We don’t really know if Shanahan still has the energy to be an elite head coach.

    But let’s be clear about his strengths and weaknesses. In Denver his problem was the he was his own GM. And he made a series of bad choices that depleted the talent level on the team. His strength is that, of all the people who have attempted to install the West Coast offense, he demonstrated that he had the best understanding of the underlying principles.

    With a strong GM, Shanahan might be a good choice as head coach. As a Niner fan, I would rather take a gamble on Shanahan than McDaniels. Does anyone think that McDaniels can build an offense around anyone other than Tom Brady?

  13. >>”he’s not interested in taking on a fixer-upper; he wants to coach a team that’s in position to win right away.”<<

    Oh really? Teams in position to win right away are not looking for a new coach; fixer-uppers are. There will be no Packers, Seahawks or Patriot job openings in the near future. What will be open is more likely to be Jets, Raiders and Bears.

    Dream on, Shanahan.

  14. It’s funny how many negative comments are posted here about Shannahan.

    The guy is an incredible coach and offensive mind. He is the reason Elway won 2 rings. That was his version of the West Coast Offense, once predicated on the run game featuring the Zone Blocking Scheme. No, it wasnm’t just Terrell Davis, as his scheme was proved over and over, whether it was Olandis Gary, Mike Anderson, FB Reuben Droughns, Clinton Portis, etc.

    He always got the most out of his talent. Notice how the following QBs all had their best years/most success with Shanny:

    John Elway, Steve Young, Brian Griese, Jake Plummer, Jay Cutler, Robert Griffin III

    He has had success everywhere he went, from OC in Denver in 86 (playoffs), the 49ers in 94 (SB champs), Denver (SB Champs) and even WASH (2012 was the best that team has been in a long, long time)

  15. >>”he’s not interested in taking on a fixer-upper; he wants to coach a team that’s in position to win right away.”<<

    Oh really? Teams in position to win right away are not looking for a new coach; fixer-uppers are. There will be no Packers, Seahawks or Patriot job openings in the near future. What will be open is more likely to be Jets, Raiders and Bears.

    Dream on, Shanahan.

    Some might consider Atlanta, SF and Chicago "ready to win now".

    And there's always a surprise or two in the coaching carousel…

  16. Wherever he goes, if he gets total personnel control he will ruin the defence and total ream depth will be destroyed. He left Washington in worse of a mess than when he arrived. They lack talent and depth virtually everywhere, and he had the keys for 3 seasons. “I stake my reputation on John Beck”. Lol

  17. Mike Shanahan is finished as a head coach. At some point any coach/GM is going to be judged on what he’s been doing rather than what he did 15 years ago. Shanahan has reached that point and I can’t see him being seriously considered by many teams, let alone teams that are going to be competitive in 2015.

  18. In a sit-down with Sunday NFL Countdown host Chris Berman, the former Raiders, Broncos, and Washington coach didn’t rule out returning to the sidelines next season.
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    Mike, that was embarrassing.

  19. Guy can build a running game, no doubt about it.

    I wanted him in Chicago the moment they traded for Cutler – they should’ve fired Lovie (which they ended up doing anyway about 3 years later) and hired Shanahan to coach up Cutler. Instead he went to Washington, Lovie stuck around a few more wasted years, and now it’s probably too late and pointless.

  20. After his lame performances in Denver for so many years and his utter disaster in Washington, I wouldn’t hire Shanahan to coach a ninth grade girls’ jump roping team._________________

    Two Lombardies? Seven playoff games>? You Sir are a major idiot!

  21. Once again you morons at pft just keep ignoring the facts . You mention that he might be interested in the Falcons. Why would the Falcons even consider this guy? How hard were the Redskin players playing for this guy at the end of the season last year? There was discord throughout the organization. Who would want the drama this guy brings? On the other hand look at the job Coach Smith has done with the Falcons with no defense and a makeshift line. His players are still playing hard for him and you NEVER hear discontent from the Falcon locker room. And they are still in the mix.

  22. A possible reunion with Cutler would make for a nice storyline, but in reality why would Shanny do it? He’s watched the tape. He’s seeing Cutler make the same mistakes that he made as a Bronco back in 2006.

    As talented as Cutler is, he still lacks the intangibles and maturity that would propel him into a truly great QB. I think Shanny knows this.

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