Has Mike Shanahan coached his last game in the NFL?
Although it might be a while before we have a definitive answer to that question, it certainly does not appear as though Shanahan, 61, is a candidate—anywhere.
Shanahan, of course, was fired Monday as coach of the Redskins following a drama-filled 3-13 season, his third double-digit loss campaign in four years. And as ProFootballTalk.com’s Mike Florio noted earlier Wednesday, Shanahan’s name hasn't been linked—at least not publicly—to the openings in Detroit, Minnesota, Tampa Bay or Cleveland.
In fact, a few weeks ago word leaked out of the Texans’ organization that they would not be interested in Shanahan even if he were to be fired in Washington. (The Texans have reportedly reached an agreement with Penn State Coach Bill O’Brien.)
“If other teams have no interest immediately in Shanahan, there’s a chance there never will be any interest in Shanahan — at least not enough to result in Shanahan once again becoming a head coach,” Florio wrote.
Shanahan delivered a four-plus minute statement Monday at Redskins Park after being dismissed, but he did not make mention any future plans. He also did not take questions from reporters. He is, however, expected to collect the full $7 million he is owed by the Redskins next season.
“That could happen again, in theory,” Florio continued, referring to the possibility of Shanahan reemerging in 2015 after sitting out next year. “But the last four years have further faded the memories of the pair of Super Bowl titles Shanahan won in the late ’90s."
“For now,” Florio added, “it appears that [Shanahan will] be sitting out the current game of musical chairs. This time around, there’s a chance he’ll be sidelined permanently.”