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ESPN reporting everything on Shanahan

Since there are so many fun reports out there concerning Mike Shanahan, I figured I should highlight a few from the ESPN stars. I'm not totally sure if they're all saying the same thing.

Chris Mortensen

Mort has done at least radio interviews in recent days in which he's said the Redskins and Shanahan are a done deal. Here are excerpts from one of those appearances, an interview with Colin Cowherd.

"Mike Shanahan to the Redskins, in my mind, has been a done deal for months," Mortensen said. "Maybe even before the season started. And Bruce Allen would be Shanahan's handpicked GM, not the other way around. It's a place where he can go and have total autonomy, Shanahan, working with somebody he likes and respects in Bruce Allen. That one's gonna happen. That one's gonna happen. Dan Snyder beat Jerry Jones to the punch on this one."

Well, there's not a lot of wiggle room there. Cowherd, being a longtime Redskins critic, then asked why Shanahan wouldn't simply wait two weeks for the Dallas job to open, since that one features better weather, a newer stadium, and presumably the chance to watch pole dancers during replay reviews. Okay, that last part was mine.

"Well, I think that Jerry has dragged his feet on this one," Mortensen said. "You know, Jerry's not willing to write the big checks right now. I mean, Jerry's got a lot of stadium debt. It's a wonderful place and it's gonna make a lot of money, but he's got a lot of stadium debt. Now, he doesn't owe Wade Phillips anything after this year, but [he owes] Jason Garrett, some other people. And I always thought that Shanahan probably would end up there, but the bottom line is Snyder has been very aggressive. Ask Joe Gibbs and whoever. Snyder is not as meddlesome as we perceive, and it's still the Redskins. And I don't know that Jason Campbell will be their quarterback, but I don't know if you've noticed; he's been playing pretty well lately with his fifth coordinator or whatever. And they can always draft one this year or next year if they want."

Cowherd noted that he'd still rather have Romo than Campbell.

"I mean, I would, too," Mortensen said. "But remember, Jerry Jones let Bill Parcells do a lot of what he wanted to do until what, until [Jones] imposed T.O. on him. And I'm a big Jerry fan, but that's the type of thing that will scare a Mike Shanahan, I think."

So, "done deal for months" and "Shanahan's handpicked GM" would be the memorable terms there. Mort later "clarified" on Twitter, writing "So, here's what I said on Shanahan and Redskins: Bruce Allen was on Shanahan's list for a GM" and "I said book it on Shanahan with Redskins. He can't have a deal "done" until after season."

Adam Schefter

Perhaps Mike Shanahan's closest media confidante was less confident in all the done-deal talk. The guys at D.C. Pro Sports report Tweeted to Schefter that "A ton of media out there say his deal in Washington is done."

"False," Schefter responded. "If it were, Zorn would have gone way of Cerrato."

Schefter was also asked on Twitter if he had a gut feeling on Shanahan.

"I suspect Mike will have choices," Schefter replied.

Sal Paolantonio

He comes down somewhere between "done deal" and "false."

"What I'm hearing is that Shanahan will, in fact, decide to go to Washington," SalPal said, cleverly using the future tense. "I think the Redskins really don't have many options in terms of the big-name coaches now that Gru-dog's staying on Monday Night Football....And Mike Holmgren is probably--high probability, very high probability--[is] going to Cleveland to be in the front office. That means of the three guys out there with the biggest, best resumes, Shanahan's the one left standing. It's a game of musical chairs, and Snyder always likes to be the guy holding the big prize when the music stops. And so I think Shanahan will go to Washington, he'll be the next head coach of the Redskins."

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 20, 2009; 9:38 AM ET
Categories:  Media , Redskins  
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Well done Dan. Good sumation good work.

Posted by: SeanTizzy2DaHizzy | December 20, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

wake me when they find the person that can execute a draft and evaluate free agent talent..

Posted by: cboyhater | December 20, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

ps bring back 17....

Posted by: cboyhater | December 20, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I remember half way through the season it was reported that Snyder had a meeting with Shanahan, right before Sherm Lewis came in.

I have a feeling things were in motion back then. It makes sense.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | December 20, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Some will criticize these moves, but I like it. Shanny and Allen represent competent pros, who have had success and know what they are doing. That's a big leap ahead of what they've had in the past. Gibbs was competent, but had Cerrato as his helpmate.....

Posted by: Jason10 | December 20, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm skeptical of Bruce Allen, the man may or may not have destroyed two Super Bowl teams.

But at worst it's a lateral move since there's nothing to destroy anyway. And if it was a necessity to bring in Shanahanalamadingdong then ok.

Posted by: TheSuperhoo | December 20, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Wait a second - I don't believe any of this was reported, because according to Wilbon the Redskins are irrelevant as a national media story.

Posted by: Kev29 | December 20, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Isn't Casey Beathard available?

/too obscure?

Posted by: fan1 | December 21, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

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