Shanahan fired. Next job?

January 1, 2009 at 6:05 am Leave a comment

71465329BB005_Baltimore_RavIf it weren’t for the great relationship between Mike Shanahan and Broncos’ owner Pat Bowlen, the recent Shanny firing wouldn’t be so relevant. But because everyone and their mother thought that Shanahan would be the last coach in the league to be fired, it hits all of us with a little shock. Not seeing Mike Shanahan in a Broncos windbreaker, after he wore one for more than a decade, is going to feel a little different. Shanahan has gone just .500 over the past three years and has missed the playoffs in each of those seasons. However, he has coached for the Broncos for 14 seasons and has brought them their only two Super Bowls victories in franchise history. When Bowlen fired Shanny yesterday, he axed his coach and VP of Football Operations – which is what probably ultimately lead to Shanahan’s booting. Because a team is performing below their expectations does not necessarily mean that it is the coach’s fault (see: Eric Mangini). However Shanny did both…and when you put the team together AND you can’t coach them to a playoff game in three years…the owner is going to want a change.

I’m not too sure about where Bowlen is looking in terms of finding a replacement but news has circled with the name ‘Cowher’ floating around. The head coaching job in Denver is said to be one of the best in all of sports, unfortuanately I have never coached there so I am not 100% sure about that. Cowher, to me, seems like a Denver-guy. I’m not too sure what I mean by that statement but it seems to make sense in my mind. As for Mike Shanahan; who knows what road he goes down? He is obviously a good coach, he can scout talent, and there are plenty of teams that need a guy like him – even if the team currently has a coach in place. On the other hand, maybe Shanahan just wants to get away for a while. After 14 seasons maybe he wants to step away from football, possibly do some commentating and then allow his name to get tossed around a few years down the road.

And I have a weird feeling about the coaching job in Washington. Jim Zorn led the Redskins to a 8-8 record in his first year, which doesn’t seem bad, but it was after a 6-2 start. He is currently still employed with the team and Redskins team owner, Dan Snyder, has said his job is safe. BUT, with names like Mike Shanahan swirling around, I wouldn’t be surprised if Snyder backed up on the Zorn idea and took on a proven winner with Shanahan. As of right now Dan Snyder has Vinny Cerrato with the label of VP of Football Operations but Vinny is absolutely horrible. Why not bring in a guy who averaged 10 wins a season for 14 years who can ALSO bring in the right players? Not to mention it could be a little Portis-Shanahan reunion! Wishful thinking for a Skins’ fan, I know, but I it sure is fun.

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