Shanahan: Not 'right time' to talk Snyder relationship
After a vicious cycle of news emerged yesterday portraying a near-broken relationship between Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, head coach Mike Shanahan and quarterback Robert Griffin III, signs point to Shanahan's removal with the team. Whether that will come by Snyder firing his seventh coach in 14 years or by Shanahan stepping down is still unknown.
A popular rumor that surfaced during the Redskins blowout 45-10 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday has Shanahan leaving the Redskins to take over the Houston Texans now-vacant head coaching job. Texans owner Bob McNair fired coach Gary Kubiak last week after a loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the 11th straight loss for Houston.
The theory went that Shanahan has a relationship with the Texans general manager, not to mention Mike's son Kyle Shanahan found success in Houston as an offensive coordinator before coming to Washington in 2010 to work for his father.
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But the rumors are false, according to John McClain of The Houston Chronicle. McClain reports that the Texans will not pursue Shanahan when his eventual departure with the Redskins arrives, and that Houston is more interested in former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith, San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt or current Stanford University head coach David Shaw.
With the growing chorus of dysfunction surrounding the Redskins, expect to hear a lot of wild rumors and speculation. But for now, it appears Shanahan to Houston has no merit.