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Posted at 4:12 PM ET, 12/ 2/2010

Shanahan would allow Jon Embree to start right away at Colorado

By Jason Reid

Coach Mike Shanahan will release tight ends coach Jon Embree from his contract before the end of the season to begin recruiting for the University of Colorado if he accepts the school's head coaching position, Shanahan said Thursday.

Embree, in his first season with the Redskins, reportedly has been offered the position at his alma mater. The university Thursday issued a statement denying that he has been offered the job. The search committee has not completed its work, according to the statement.

[UPDATE, 10:43 p.m.: Embree has not yet finalized a contract with Colorado.]

After practice at Redskins Park, Embree declined to comment while leaving the field, but Shanahan addressed the situation at length while meeting with reporters. Shanahan revealed he has spoken with university officials, who asked whether the Redskins would permit Embree to take over the program before the Redskins complete their season. Washington plays its final regular season game against the New York Giants on Jan. 2.

"I told them that I would if he was given the job, to help them with recruiting and get his staff," the Redskins' top football official said. "I've always believed, and I've always had a philosophy, that if one of your assistant coaches has a chance to be a head coach, and really upgrade their job, and a lifelong dream for him, that I'd be more than happy to let him go early.

"We've got a bunch of quality coaches on our staff that can pick up the slack. Jon's just a heck of a football coach, a heck of a guy. If he does the job at CU, he'll do a fantastic job."


Embree, who was out of football last season, was a former standout tight end for Colorado. Beginning in 1991, he spent 10 seasons on the Buffalos' coaching staff. Embree held many assistant positions, including tight ends coach.

He also spent three seasons working with tight ends and wide receivers at UCLA, serving as an assistant head coach. Embree was the tight ends coach with the Kansas City Chiefs from 2006-08.

Because the position is Embree's "dream job," Shanahan does not plan to make him a counter-offer to remain with the Redskins.

"He went to school there. He coached there for a number of years," Shanahan said. "He's recruited Colorado. He's recruited California. He's got a bunch of ties there. So I wouldn't even try to do that.

"What a great opportunity. And I think that he would be perfect for that scenario if it does happen. I'll keep my fingers crossed that he gets his dream job."

By Jason Reid  | December 2, 2010; 4:12 PM ET
 
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Comments

what is it with Shanny and guys who were out of football last year....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 2, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

^ guess he feels their pain. It is rather odd though.

Posted by: Stu27 | December 2, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Dear Mr. Reid:
Aside from linking the Denver Post ad, is Coach Embree really not commenting, or can't you get him off the record and cite it as "sources inside Redskins Park are saying..."?
Just wondering.

Go Buffs

Posted by: afreeman3 | December 2, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I ripped Shanny in ZEKE'S UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES yesterday, but I'll credit Shanahan with absolutely the right move on this.

People want to work for someone that has their best interests in mind. In the opposite extreme, its why Al Davis struggles to get/retain good coaches -- no one trusts him.

With Embree, Shanahan just walked the walk. In a good way.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 2, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Yeah thank u what is it with the people out of football last year? Is is some Danny snyder master plan to cut salaries so he can get high priced FA........ Again?

Posted by: pabrian2003 | December 2, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Cue the two highschoolers who take moderation for granted and repeatedly use the terms NERD or DIVEASS for only about the 1000th time today and every other f*cking day they are here.

in 5...4...3...2...

sheesh

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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetyou | December 2, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Love the Skins, but I don't see why Colorado would want ANYONE off the Skins staff right now.... Um just sayin......

Posted by: hbu_dog | December 2, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Love the Skins, but I don't see why Colorado would want ANYONE off the Skins staff right now.... Um just sayin......

Posted by: hbu_dog

All Colorado needs to do is look at how Embree has developed Fred Davis from 6 TD guy last year .... into a guy who gets up on time. How could you pass on a coach like that?

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 2, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

All Colorado needs to do is look at how Embree has developed Fred Davis from 6 TD guy last year .... into a guy who gets up on time. How could you pass on a coach like that?

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 2, 2010 4:49 PM

Or how he transformed a once reliable pass catcher in Cooley to a couple of drops per game.

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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetyou | December 2, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

"Redskins first-year tight ends coach Jon Embree reportedly has been offered the head coaching position at the University of Colorado. If Embree accepts, he is expected to hire former Colorado star running back Eric Bieniemy as offensive coordinator."

I know that a lot of people don't like Chris Berman's shtick and his nicknames for everybody, but Eric "Sleeping With" Bieniemy has got to be an all-timer.

Posted by: rufus_t_firefly | December 2, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

it's why Al Davis struggles to get/retain good coaches -- no one trusts him.

I dunno.

There are a lot of zombies, vampires, and warlocks who hold Al Davis in high regard.

Children of the living dead have his FATHEAD poster on the walls of their bedrooms, coffins, and caves.

This Fall, an episode of the HBO show TrueBlood will be about his rise from obscurity and subsequent fall into irrelevance.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 2, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Currently, Cooley is 3rd in the NFL in BOTH receptions (54) and yards (603) for TEs. Assuming that there is one starting TE for each team in the league, that means that he is performing better than 91% of starting TEs in the NFL.

Currently, Moss is 8th in receptions (62) and 13th in yards (778). Assuming that there are two starting WRs for each team in the league, that means that he is performing better than 87% of starting WRs in receptions, and better than 80% of starting WRs in yards.

Yet the Queens on RI are calling for their heads. The Queens are Fools! The Redskins have plenty of weaknesses. Moss and Cooley are among the strengths.

Posted by: kaasmaster | December 2, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm dead serious when I say that Embree should be very leery of this job. The CU athletic department is a joke. I've lived out here for 10 years and I can tell you, since the Gary Barnett era and some hearsay about recruit sex parties the school has basically shut off support for football and athletics in general. (except the cross country/track and ski teams).

The next coach there will be set up to fail.

I know JE is an alum, but just saying...Dan Hawkins, who just got fired was HC at Boise St. before he came here and now he'll be lucky to get a coordinator job at a mid major. Thisnk he regrets leaving the blue turf of Boise? Yes.

Joke all you want about hiring a Skins TE coach, but that's about the only level of coach that will look at the CU job.

If you ever get bored look up the stellar work done by Mike Bohn, CU AD. In every stop in his career he has consistently hired epic losing coaches in every sport. IE he hired Tom Cable at Idaho at one point.

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | December 2, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Beeps!

Posted by: kaasmaster | December 2, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

If only Cooley could run block, he'd be an elite TE.

Once again simpletons look at the pretty stats and ignore the importance of blocking in football.

With Cooley in the game we can never run a sweep or off tackle to his side, similar to how we can't run up the middle with Rabach at center.

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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetyou | December 2, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse


The Redskins have plenty of weaknesses. Moss and Cooley are among the strengths.


Posted by: kaasmaster | December 2, 2010 5:27 PM |

being it's a team sport and they're the go to guys, their mistakes are magnified. some of the balls they've both dropped last year and this year have been untimely.

Posted by: hessone | December 2, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

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