Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Mike Shanahan: One Super Bowl Away from Top Tier of All Time

Mike Shanahan led the Denver Broncos to two NFL Championships in 1997 and 1998.  Three NFL Championships is a number that only 10 NFL coaches reached in the history of the NFL.  Bill Belichick is the only active coach to achieve three championship and Shanahan and Tom Coughlan are the only other coaches within reach.

Shanahan;s last job was with the Washington Redskins and he was relieved after the 2013 season.  Washington was a tough venue for Shanahan and he suggested that during his tenure salary cap issues became a problem. Some say he also had issues with Robert Griffin III.  RGIII has not been the savior the Redskins were looking for the Shanahan-less Redskins.

Shanahan is involved in interviewing with teams now looking for a new head coach.  In the last few days he has interviewed with the Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers, and the Oakland Raiders.

Shanahan has a 170-138 record over a 20-year coaching and he has experience managing Jay Cutler. There are other fits that make him a good candidate for the Bears, but he is headstrong coach who likes to wield control.  If Shanahan gets a job, some believe his son Kyle will follow.  Kyle Shanahan has been the offensive coordinator for the Browns and had to work with the Johnny Manziel star status that is difficult to deal with when he has not played himself into a playing position. 

Whatever happens and wherever it happens, the Mike Shanahan landing adds some drama to the 2015 season.

 See "The Day Dick Butkus Caught a Bobby Douglass Pass for the Win."