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Shanahan Watch continues as his options narrow

We saw no signs of white smoke overnight, signaling that Redskins' owner Daniel Snyder had locked up his next coach, so let's get Day 2 of the Shanahan Watch officially started.

Talks involving Snyder, General Manager Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan are expected to continue today, and league insiders agree that it's definitely in the Redskins' best interest to get this one locked up quickly. For starters, the Redskins hold more leverage this week because Shanahan doesn't have a lot of other options. A year after one-third of NFL coaches lost their jobs, there were only two coaching vacancies Monday -- in Washington and Buffalo -- though a third could be open by the end of today. And there could be others later in the week, so the Redskins don't want to take their chances and allow another suitor to swoop in and complicate the process.

Let's review the other teams that faced tough decisions on their head coaches as the season wound to a close Sunday and where they all stand this morning.

Chicago: A news conference is expected today to announce that Lovie
Smith will be back
next season.

Dallas: Jerry Jones must decide whether he'll pick up Wade Phillips'
option
, which seems more likely now than it did a month ago. In any event, nothing is happening there until after the Cowboys' playoff run ends.

Houston: Owner Bob McNair has already decided Gary Kubiak will return next year.

Oakland: Reports late last night indicate that Tom Cable could be gone today.

Tampa Bay: Raheem Morris is expected to return for a second season.

Carolina: John Fox won't get an extension, but he'll be back.

Cleveland: Mike Holmgren is expected to make a decision on Eric
Mangini's future
soon.

Just a few weeks ago, it appeared Shanahan might have several options to consider, but you can see how few are on the board right now. An ESPN report suggests Shanahan might be talking to another team, in addition to the Redskins, though it offers no further details.

Shanahan has reportedly already pulled his name from consideration in Buffalo, and while some league sources have said he'd prefer to coach in Dallas or Chicago, those options don't seem to be on the table.

If the Redskins want to make sure no other options surface on that table, they'll act quickly and make sure Shanahan has signed his name to a contract before he boards a plane and leaves town.

By Rick Maese  |  January 5, 2010; 7:15 AM ET
Categories:  Mike Shanahan  | Tags: Mike Shanahan  
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Comments

"prefer to coach in Dallas" is nagging at me.

Posted by: ryaneades | January 5, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse

FIRST to say Shanny will be introduced as HC tomorrow. Book it.

Posted by: brownwood26 | January 5, 2010 7:22 AM | Report abuse

its like having the Present already unwrapped, but you can't get the the packaging off... hurry up already

Posted by: Burrasta1 | January 5, 2010 7:31 AM | Report abuse

For those worried that Bruce Allen might have some sort of affection for JC17, fear not. BA knows JC sucks. There is a strong posiibility of an uncapped year in 2010, in which case JC is an RFA and can be dangled as trade bait or, if signed away, turned into draft compensation. BA is doing the right thing as GM by talking him up as if he has value. Just keep in mind that JC is a coach killing, choker, loser.

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | January 5, 2010 7:31 AM | Report abuse

I don't know why they even added Oakland...that bridge is burned for Shanny.

But I'm with you, Ryan. I'm not sure how wise it is to bring in a guy who would rather be somewhere else. That has a tendency to not end well.

Posted by: brownwood26 | January 5, 2010 7:37 AM | Report abuse

Just keep in mind that JC is a coach killing, choker, loser.

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | January 5, 2010 7:31 AM


What coach did he kill? Gibbs retired and Zorn sucked at just about every part of coaching there is. Look at his numbers and meet me in reality, dude.

Posted by: brownwood26 | January 5, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

They left out his other, very attractive option: do nothing and get paid $7 million next year by the Doncos. That's the main reason Snyder has to pay so much.

Posted by: League-Source | January 5, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

ken,

Remeber we haven't had a real GM here in a long time, so most are used to Vinny telling everyone in the NFL exactly what he is thinking and then fleecing him.

BA is a true GM he knows you keep everything close to the vest so you can be the one doing the fleecing.

I wouldn't worry about him wanting to coach in Dallas, the league sources say a lot of sh_t that isn't true.

I'm not refering to are League Source of course he is on the ball.

Posted by: Flounder21 | January 5, 2010 7:46 AM | Report abuse

They left out his other, very attractive option: do nothing and get paid $7 million next year by the Doncos. That's the main reason Snyder has to pay so much.

Posted by: League-Source | January 5, 2010 7:45 AM |

True he could also do that in 2011 as well.

Posted by: Flounder21 | January 5, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

I thought Allen said he wants someone who understands and is deep down a true Redskin. It sounds like we are third on Shanahans list. I dont like that.

I sure hope Allen has a great second or third option if Shanahan wants to play hardball. I hope Allen didnt put all our eggs in one basket. But I havent heard any other names. Here's hoping that they pull someone else out of a hat and surprize everyone (like Russ Grimm).

Snyder has been bad at playing poker with the people he wants.

Posted by: Gibbs4Pres | January 5, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

I'm pretty confident that he will be announced as headcoach within the next 48 hours.

But, I am curious what the contingency plan would be if he doesn't. Jerry Gray?

Posted by: dfbovey | January 5, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

Please lets not make today about were not his first choice so this is terrible, first of all he is here and not in Dallas or Chicago.

Plus if you believe everything JR reports from his league sources then you haven't been on here very long.

Posted by: Flounder21 | January 5, 2010 7:55 AM | Report abuse

After they ink Shanahan, I want Snyder to say, "uh, we're not done yet."

Posted by: jj250 | January 5, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

But, I am curious what the contingency plan would be if he doesn't. Jerry Gray?

Posted by: dfbovey | January 5, 2010 7:50 AM


Has this team under Snyder EVER had a contingency plan? I mean, dude usually gets whoever he wants because he outbids himself for their services.

Forget Jerry Gray. He was a Rooney Rule interview, dude never had a chance here. I think he could be a good HC, it's just that Snyder wouldn't make that hire. Hopefully, BA is heading up this thing and is at least considering Russ Grimm. It just makes too much sense.

Posted by: brownwood26 | January 5, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

I thought Allen said he wants someone who understands and is deep down a true Redskin. It sounds like we are third on Shanahans list. I dont like that.

Posted by: Gibbs4Pres | January 5, 2010 7:48 AM |

Why does it sound like that? Because some nobody beat writer says so? Come on, pull your head out of your a$$. Who else is saying it? Not Shanny's buddy Schefter. Not legitimate newsfolk (is there such a thing). Not even Florio (who is as far from legitimate media as I am.) Reid is blowing smoke to keep you on the edge.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | January 5, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

beeparoni...

Posted by: scampbell1975 | January 5, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

F!ck you JR you are just blowing smoke you fat bit!ch like you blow on Tony kornhouser d!ck you fat prick

Posted by: bsilvanus | January 5, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

F!ck you JR you are just blowing smoke you fat bit!ch like you blow on Tony kornhouser d!ck you fat prick

Posted by: bsilvanus | January 5, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

how funny and deserving would it be if Shanny left ole Danny Boy standing at the altar? ha ha ha ha

Posted by: kone | January 5, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Why does it sound like that? Because some nobody beat writer says so? Come on, pull your head out of your a$$. Who else is saying it?
Posted by: scampbell1975 | January 5, 2010 8:05 AM

You may want to pull yours out, ESPN has said that people close to Shanahan said he has interest in Chicago and Dallas, and it may be a surprise to you, but some big name coaches like Cowher dont really want to coach here, but might if the money is huge. Plus, coaches are conserned about us not having a QB that they want to hang thier future on or starting over with a rookie. Not brain science dude. We couldnt get a coach two years ago for similar reasons, maybe you wanted Fassel.

Posted by: Gibbs4Pres | January 5, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

I'm not sure why Dallas or Chicago would be preferable jobs. The Bears are notoriously cheap, and the Cowboys have an even more ego-maniacal owner than the Redskins.

Posted by: acoberst1 | January 5, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

"I'm not sure how wise it is to bring in a guy who would rather be somewhere else. That has a tendency to not end well."

Posted by: brownwood26

Huh? If the Redskins offer the position and Shanahan accepts then he wants to be here. He has the option of waiting for other opportunities and can collect a lot of money while he waits.

I'm directing this at you, but the comment goes for all the others that have similar sentiments.

And, there is another thing that doesn't make sense. Mr. Mease reported, "...make sure Shanahan has signed his name to a contract before he boards a plane and leaves town". Huh? Would you accept a job offer on the spot without taking the time to think it over? I sure wouldn't.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | January 5, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

yeah, it bothers me slightly that DC may not be his first choice if the 3 were laid on a table in front of him. I want a guy who loves the skins, like Grimm! Doesn't have the resume, but he's a hog for life! And Crapam Shefter can suck it! Any guy who says Art Monk doesn't deserve to be in the Hall can rot in h*ll! I don't listen to him and wish he'd keep the Redskins out of his mouth!

Posted by: kevinlc555 | January 5, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

This coaching job has been open for some time now. Anyone wishing to have it only needed to contact the Redskins to put his name in the hat. Its pretty clear what the job and structure will be now that Cerrato is gone. Id rather have someone who WANTS to be the next Redskin coach with money being second or third importance (Snyder will pay nicely Im sure). i dont want someone that thinks the money is first.

Hey Shanahan, do you want it or not? The offer is off the table at noon. Go see what's behind door #3 if you want.

We need someone in the Redskin extended family. Allen was a great choice. Russ Grimm would be awesome.

Posted by: Gibbs4Pres | January 5, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

I'd rather they sign Russ Grimm, a TRUE Redskin. But Shanny will do just fine.

Posted by: brummie_redskin | January 5, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Just keep in mind that JC is a coach killing, choker, loser.

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | January 5, 2010 7:31 AM


What coach did he kill? Gibbs retired and Zorn sucked at just about every part of coaching there is. Look at his numbers and meet me in reality, dude.

Posted by: brownwood26 | January 5, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

Thank you brown. I really didn't want to have to address that idiocy.

And I totally agree with ryaneades- not at all in love with the fact that he'd rather coach our archrival (allegedly). Hopefully $5 million/yr will cause him to reconsider.

Said it for months now- tender JC the highest RFA offer, if a team matches it you let him walk, pick up a 1st/3rd round picks (unlikely). If someone does match, take best available QB with their 1st rd pick, best available OL with their 3rd rounder. Either way, the #4 overall pick must be RUSSELL OKUNG.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | January 5, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

p.s. if RO isn't there at #4, I'd actively seek to trade out of that spot. recall we don't have a 3rd rounder due to the Jarmon supplemental draft pick.

Speaking of, any thoughts/news on his development to date? He didn't seem to play much this year, and wasn't really a factor when he did. If he pans out we could have a stud DE combo for many years

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | January 5, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I'd rather they sign Russ Grimm, a TRUE Redskin. But Shanny will do just fine.

Posted by: brummie_redskin | January 5, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

That about sums up my feelings as well

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | January 5, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Shannahan WONT SIGN and the Skins will continue the cycle of futility... They will end up with Gray at best, or will end up calling Zorn

Posted by: Incognito00 | January 5, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

campbell a coach killer..surely you are a dumb fool what coach did campbell kill genius? if any thing campbell does NOT speak up enough. the way campbell stood in the pocket 2yrs ago compared to now(hardly any pocket)is very noticeable. zorn who was a mediocre armed QB changed some of campbells mechanics wanting him to imitate his sorry azz style of QB play. I remember the game s. taylor missed against the cowboys in 2007 and campbell passed for over 350yds 2 0r 3 td's and threw a TD on the first drive. the campbell of today is shell shocked and altered because of the dumb idiot bigoted so-called leadership all of them white men" by way of zorn and his porn" ographic offense siR-ratto, the legendary head of football operations and last but not least snyder whose ownership acumen in his mind rivals jack kent cooke, rooney, etc.

Posted by: wathu19 | January 5, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Well, somebody's going to be taking a look at Russ Grimm - probably Buffalo will want to talk to him.

If Shanahan decides he'd rather coach somewhere else, there are plenty more options after the playoffs - for example RUSS GRIM.

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | January 5, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

BA made it clear that the next head coach must have a love for the Redskins history. I don't recall Shanahan being a Skins fan.

Posted by: Hammy1 | January 5, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

OMFG! Ifhe would prefer to coach in DALLAS... F#$K HIM!!! I NEVER LIKED THE SOB ANYANY!! LET HIM WAIT FOR JJ! WE CAN DO BETTER.. TOO OLD ANYWAY! LIKE ALWAYS.. SNYDER IS NOT THINKING ABOUT THE FUTURE... ONLY THE PRESENT!

Posted by: iubiquity | January 5, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I am with the "Hire Russ Grimm" bandwagon. He is a true Redskin and he will bring 'Redskin Football' back to DC. Be gone with the WCO. Run the football!
Get him a good O.C. and OL and let JC handoff to our RB's other than Portis. Cooley and Davis on the outside with Kelly and Thomas with Moss in the mix too! Passion before Paycheck! Grimm is who I would go with. The NFC East is about playing smashmouth football not this 'sissy' WCO. It works for some but not on this coast!
The problem with JC is that he was molded to be a Zorn clone. Have the "What would Zorn Do?" or "Do as Zorn does". Granted Zorn did help JC in some ways but now its time for play to JC and the reat of the teams strengths.
I rather have someone who wants to be the coach here than looking to get paid for a couple of years.

Bring Back Redskins Football!

Posted by: Doobie_Sparks | January 5, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs4Pres wrote:
...Plus, coaches are conserned about us not having a QB that they want to hang thier future on or starting over with a rookie. Not brain science dude. We couldnt get a coach two years ago for similar reasons, maybe you wanted Fassel.

=====================================
Sorry but this is a ridiculous comment.

Fassel didn't refuse, he was rejected just like Greg Williams was rejected after having been interviewed 5 times.

Who was the QB when Norv got here? Norv brought in Shuler.

Who was the QB when Schottenheimer got here?

Who was the QB when Spurrier got here? Spurrier brought in Weurful.

Who was the QB when Gibbs got here? Gibbs brought in Brunell and JC.

Other than Schottenheimer who inherited George and Banks, and Zorn who inherited JC, they all brought in their own QB.

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | January 5, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

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