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Jay Glazer on the Shanahan Rumors

The Mike-Shanahan-to-D.C. rumors were flying heavy as a pumpkin-bran muffin on Sunday morning, mostly based on reports from Fox, as far as I can gather. First, Fox NFL Sunday editorial consultant John Czarnecki wrote this on his weekend preview:

Word has it Snyder approached former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan in the offseason to be his head coach and has made another attempt during the season, only to be rebuffed both times. Despite being owed millions by Denver owner Pat Bowlen, Shanahan does want to return to the sidelines, but he wants to wait until the league season ends and consider his options.

A team source strongly denied the report to Pro Football Talk, whatever that means. Then Jay Glazer went on the Fox pregame show and said this:

"It doesn't matter if you talk to a head coach, a GM, a team president or team owner -- everybody in this league, it's unanimous, they all believe Mike Shanahan will be the next head coach of the Washington Redskins, and they think it'll happen during the season at one point. Certainly exacerbated by the fact that Daniel Snyder, after they lost to the Lions, flew out to Denver on his private jet, although he claims it wasn't to meet Shanahan. You know, the big problem here though, I talked to the league office about it this morning, they said that the only thing they could really do is hire Shanahan on an interim basis during the season because of the Rooney Rule."

And then at some point, online folks were saying, Glazer also had a piece on Fox's Web site that said much the same thing. (Read what someone claims is a cached version here.) But the original link on that story is no apparently no longer working, which is sort of weird.

(HT for the Glazer quote to The Huddle and @SellTheTeamDan.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 11, 2009; 10:24 PM ET
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Just another nose job on a body with a failing heart and an abused liver.

Fire Cerrato.

Posted by: ThisGuy | October 11, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

To Daniel Snyder: Insanity is defined as; "repeating the same thing over & over, expecting different results."


Posted by: james51 | October 11, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely, positively not going to change things and ain't gonna happen. Shananhan ran out of Denver because of control issues.

Posted by: Justlistening | October 11, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Fire Cerrato and don't make a mistake on the next hire. We are going to have to rebuild and we might as well start now. I went to the game today and it was embarrassing- not just the end result but the effort, playcalling, and mistakes made against a winless team. I love the Skins and am a life-long fan, but Snyder needs to admit he needs to change course or sell the team. This is ridiculous.

Posted by: HogInCharlotte | October 11, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Glazer's story was probably pulled because the Snyder going to Denver story was widely debunked, including by Jason Reid on Redskins Insider. A Redskins spokesman said the plane is leased out to private businesses, and that whoever flew it out to Denver had no connection to the Redskins.

I don't believe most of what those who run the Redskins tell us, but I tend to believe this. Aside from the fact that I don't believe even Snyder would fly all the way out to meet a potential coach when he hadn't fired the old one (wouldn't a phone call suffice until the job was open?), it was Yom Kippur....

Posted by: TheFingerman | October 11, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

For what it's worth, Snyder didn't go to temple on Yom Kippur. I have friends that go to his temple - he was a no-show.

Posted by: efa108 | October 11, 2009 11:35 PM | Report abuse

"Aside from the fact that I don't believe even Snyder would fly all the way out to meet a potential coach when he hadn't fired the old one "

I'm having a hard time determining what in Danny Snyder's decade-long association with this franchise would make you make a statement such as this? That's EXACTLY the sort of thing Dan Snyder would do. You know how we know? Because it's the sort of thing you obviously shouldn't do.

Like hire a quarterbacks coach to be your head coach.

Posted by: Section506 | October 11, 2009 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Section 506:

Yeah, you're right. A couple minutes after I pressed "Submit," I thought, "Actually, for Snyder, that doesn't seem so far-fetched."

Posted by: TheFingerman | October 11, 2009 11:59 PM | Report abuse

The "Snyder Era" of Redskins rule feels like the movie "Groundhog Day"...another day, another season, another coach/staff and the same results. My father, a life long 'Skins fan, would not be amused by this mess of an organization if he were alive.

Posted by: norfolkoms | October 12, 2009 12:29 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who thinks Snyder is insane is missing the point. He's using the Redskins as a money maker. If you can make money by not doing the hard work necessary to build a quality team, won't you do it?

Posted by: tundey | October 12, 2009 7:47 AM | Report abuse

I don't think Snyder will fire Zorn. He will do everything in his power, however, to force Zorn to quit. It started with the Sherman Lewis hire. There is a precedent here with this move, and that was when he put pressure on Spurrier to resign. He tried to do this with Marty but Marty stood firm, so he eventually fired him.

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | October 12, 2009 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Albert Einstein once said “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. Think about this quote for a second and ask yourself, does this quote apply to the way you run your company? That is directed to you Dan Snyder. I want Snyder to test ride a crappy Six Flags ride. Hopefully (fingers crossed) the ride will crash. Dan Snyder doesn't die (don't wish death upon anybody) but has to give up being the owner of the Redskins. While Dan Snyder is down for the count we win Super Bowls and restore football glory back in Washington... Hail!

Posted by: Capsnskins1 | October 12, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

In looking at the overall state of the Redskins with an eye towards fixing what's wrong, I feel like a mosquito in a nudist colony - where do I strike first?

The bottom line is that replacing the coach, or replacing the GM, or replacing the players, or replacing the owner will not result in a sustainable turnaround. All of the above must be done.

Zorn's offense hasn't worked and he hasn't adjusted his system effectively to account for the players he has. That's on him.

But the players aren't getting it done. The O-Line is terrible (which, BTW, falls partially on Bugel). Portis is wearing down. Moss and Cooley are always doubled. The other receivers are useless. Campbell's always being harassed and is afraid of making mistakes. The defense is hit or miss, literally. That's on Cerrato.

And the fact that Cerrato is still around is on Snyder. The fact that the front office is as chaotic and dysfunctional as the product on the field is on Snyder.

I can't imagine why any coach would want to step into this wasteland. Any good coach knows the Skins need to rebuild And given how the team has handicapped itself in terms of draft picks, the Skins will have to look to trade players for draft picks and rebuild through the draft. That's a minimum of 3 years in the wilderness, but at least we'd be on the right track.

It would also mean that such a coach, if he was smart, would only agree to a long-term contract that could survive the early abyss. And it goes without saying that a smart coach would insist on a strong independent football GM who knows talent, knows the draft, and knows how to find impact players in the 5th and 6th rounds.

The prestige of the Redskins is gone. No coach or GM is coming to DC because of the prestige of the franchise. The entire organization is a mess and unfortunately, it's up to those who created and currently perpetuate the mess to take the affirmative steps to change course. This doesn't inspire much confidence, particulatly since the writing's been on the wall for a while in terms of what needs to be done.

Posted by: mbcnewspaper | October 12, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

this kind of makes me feel like the rooney rule is a bit wrong.

I mean, I'm all for hiring minorities and I think the NFL could / should do a better job. But who wants to be the "minority" interview in a situation with no real opportunity.

I just feel like that's a bit of an insult to the intelligence of the candidate. I'm not sure how I would feel if I was a candidate like that... I'm guessing not good.

Posted by: gconrads | October 12, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

We can only hope that Jerry Jones beats Snyder in signing Shanahan. Sure, Shanahan won 2 Super Bowls and had an .850 winng percentage--with Elway at QB. After Elway retired, Shanahan's winning percentage dropped by 300 points and he only won 1 playoff game. Hardly superstar coach numbers.

Posted by: mhjhahkh | October 12, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

C'mon people... this is a familiy oriented page, let's just think of the movie Shrek.

Danny = Lord Farquaad
Cerrato = Donkey
Zorn = Ugly step-sister

The three above = Three Blind Mice

Posted by: riceldi | October 12, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

I hope we get Shannhan. Because he can draft offensive players. He got Brandon Marshall in the 4th round with the pick we gave them for JC. Then he drafted Cutler instead of Leinhert. He also can build a O-line which is good. Out all of the super coaches out there he is the only one who was good at drafting players. I think Holgrem will suck,

Posted by: Pathavi | October 12, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Barno = Cerrato, should bring a High School team to Ashburn to scrimmage against to be competitive on Sundays; that would be the first smart move Barno = Cerrato would do since coming to Washington.

Posted by: riceldi | October 12, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who thinks Snyder is insane is missing the point. He's using the Redskins as a money maker. If you can make money by not doing the hard work necessary to build a quality team, won't you do it?


If what you say is the case then he is insane!! Because image how much money this team would be bringing in if he built it the right way and they were winning and contending every year. Not only that if he was just doing it as a money maker he wouldn't give out all these huge contracts and extensions.

He is just an ego maniac who thinks his way is the right way and refuses to see that what he is doing is hurting not helping. We as fans can only hope that at some point he is willing to admit (if only to himself) that he is going about this the wrong way and change his ways so we can have a winning, respectable team again.

Posted by: wstclair | October 12, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

zorn is not the problem.the redskins have the same problem the orioles have,ownership that is too meddling for the teams own good.snyder needs to remove himself from the equation completely.he should not even be involved with the hiring process at all.hire competent front office people,let them hire the coaching staff.let football people decide who should play football,and keep his non football self out of the way.he is incompetent as a football guy.and the people he is taking advice from,apparently are not very good football people either.the situation will never change,until snyder gets off of his ego and allows the right people to make these decisions.

Posted by: ironworkermark | October 12, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Shanahan is a highly overrated coach. He has never won a playoff game without John Elway. And the Redskins don't have any John Elways. He would be a bad choice.

Posted by: poguesmahone | October 12, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

blow it all up and start over

Posted by: mdoughtie22 | October 12, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Jeff George for coach!

Posted by: fan-o-matic | October 12, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Snyder is similar to Steinbrenner in NYC. Whenever Steinbrenner was suspended by the league, the Yankees drafted players that took them to championships; when he returned, he took over, and they became slobs.

Posted by: edwcorey | October 12, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Sherman Lewis was just hired. They'll finagle something with him to get around the Rooney Rule.

(nb, I'm not calling Redskins ownership racist nor am I trying to imply that Lewis isn't a legitimate offensive consultant.)

Posted by: JaneJaneSmith | October 12, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Agree with the post by mbcnewspaper. The Redskins need:
2. A real coach

I am for firing Zorn ASAP. Great guy, but he is not getting the job done from a leadership and game planning perspective. As Colin Powell said, "Your not leading if you are not pissing people off." Clinton Portis was wrong for his public outburst, but what else can he do with Zorn leading the ship.

The bottom line is Snyder is the root cause, however; there is enough talent to go 8-8/9-7 and not 4-12. That is on the coach. Zorn is unable to draw up the game plan that fits the personnel he has.

In defense of Zorn, Blache could help. Yes, the defense can play better. I watched the Tampa vs Philly game and saw Philly's pressure on the Bucs quarterback and wonder why can't the Skins get down to pressure football. The money was spent on the defensive side of ball. Delohme had a very clean uniform yesterday. Get Orapko back to his hand in the dirt and let him rush the passer.

Posted by: tonywhitehead1 | October 12, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

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