NFL Rumors: Mike Shanahan

Could Briles replace Shanny? 

December, 30, 2013
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We likely will hear numerous candidates tied to the Washington Redskins, as owner Dan Snyder looks for a replacement for Mike Shanahan. One name we heard loosely connected with that role when Shanny was on the hot seat over the past month was Baylor coach Art Briles. He's an intriguing NFL coaching candidate in the first place, but as Robert Griffin III's college coach, there is an obvious connection to the Redskins.

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As expected, Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder has fired coach Mike Shanahan. However, Shanny wasn't just the head coach of the Redskins, he also was their Vice President of Football Operations, which gave him final say on personnel decisions.

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Coaching hot seat watch 

December, 24, 2013
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Black Monday is just five days away. That's when the witching hour will occur and at least a handful of NFL coaches will be fired. Several more may be shown the door soon thereafter. Last season, eight coaches lost their jobs, and we could see a similar turnaround in 2013, too.

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Head coaches on the hot seat 

December, 17, 2013
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With 15 weeks in the books, there are a handful of NFL head coaches who need a strong finish from their teams to avoid the ax at season's end. New York Jets coach Rex Ryan and Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak are not among those whose seats are red-hot, but those two still could be kicked to the curb if the final two games go poorly. Tom Coughlin could depart the New York Giants, too, depending on how he and the front office see the Giants' expectations going forward.

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With Robert Griffin III on the sideline and Kirk Cousins running the show Sunday, the Washington Redskins nearly beat the Atlanta Falcons. They fell 27-26 after not converting a two-point conversion, but the 26 points they posted were the most since Week 10, when they scored 27 against the Minnesota Vikings.

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Latest Redskins QB buzz 

December, 13, 2013
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Maybe someday one of the figures in the Washington Redskins QB saga will write a tell-all book and let us all in on exactly what went on behind the scenes as coach Mike Shanahan benched Robert Griffin III for Kirk Cousins for the remainder of the 2014 season. Until then, we will just have to roll with secondhand accounts. The latest comes from NFL Network's Michael Silver.

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Will Shanahan stick through Week 17? 

December, 12, 2013
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There is virtually no one who thinks that Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder will bring Mike Shanahan back to coach the team next season. Despite what many perceive to be public and private power moves by Shanny, he is still coaching the team as they head toward a Week 15 tilt with the Atlanta Falcons with Kirk Cousins starting at quarterback. Will Shanahan remain in that role until the season is completed?

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Coaching hot seats 

December, 10, 2013
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During our weekly look at the hottest coaching seats in the NFL last week, I had Gary Kubiak atop the list. After the Houston Texans lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday for the second time in three weeks, they finally pulled the plug on Kubiak's tenure with the team. That puts them in place to be first in line for replacements like Lovie Smith.

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Coaching hot seats 

December, 3, 2013
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For many coaches, Dec. 30 will be the first day they begin to prepare for their initial playoff battle of the 2013 campaign. Coaches who didn't make the playoffs, but have secure jobs, may take a deep breath that day before planning out their offseason. For a handful of coaches, though, Dec. 30 will mark "Black Monday," the day that the front-office ax drops on their non-guaranteed contracts.

That makes the next four weeks critical to those coaches who are sitting on hot seats. Win; and they may keep their jobs. Lose; and they may be in the unemployment line before New Year's Day. Here are the top four coaches who are occupying the hottest seats in the NFL today:

  1. Gary Kubiak, Houston Texans: While we're tossing around dates today, how about Sept. 15? That's the last time the Texans won a game. They have the worst record in the NFL, a 10-game losing streak and will be on the road for three of their final four games. They lost a close one to the Patriots on Sunday, so there may be some hope down the stretch. On the other hand, if the Texans front office decides to clean house at season's end, it may not matter how many games the team wins over the final month when it comes to Kubiak's job security.
  2. Mike Shanahan, Washington Redskins: The team has only three wins and will carry a four-game losing streak into their Week 14 tilt with the Kansas City Chiefs. If Shanny can't get the team to finish on a respectable note, he likely won't have a job after the season. The big questions for owner Dan Snyder are how much he believes in Shanahan and how much slack he is willing to cut the coach due to Robert Griffin III's slow return to form this season after knee surgery.

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Redskins O getting predictable? 

November, 18, 2013
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On Friday, Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan made his season debut on my coaching hot seat watch. That seat grew hotter on Sunday, when the Redskins lost 24-16 to the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Coaching hot seat watch 

November, 15, 2013
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The coaching hot seat watch has held pretty steady over the past month or so, but we have some new entrants this week. That's partly because some of the coaches who had been feeling the heat have taken the edge off. Leslie Frazier coached his Minnesota Vikings to their first win on American soil last week. Tom Coughlin's New York Giants have won three straight. And though they lost their final pre-bye game, Jason Garrett's Dallas Cowboys are, of course, .500.

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Week 1 call not RG III's to make 

August, 22, 2013
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Quarterback Robert Griffin III ratcheted up his rehab another step on Wednesday, as he tested his surgically repaired knee against the Washington Redskins' first team defense in 11-on-11 drills for the first time, according to ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim.

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Latest on RG III's recovery 

August, 16, 2013
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All signs remain incredibly positive for Robert Griffin III and his recovery from reconstructive knee surgery. He returned to 11-on-11 drills on Wednesday without any setbacks, and Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said Friday that all looks good for RG III and the start of the regular season.

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Coughlin and the Hall of Fame 

February, 3, 2013
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It's funny how quickly things can change in the NFL. For example, discussions about New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin over the past year and a half have run the gamut from how quickly he should be terminated from his job to whether he is worthy of induction into the Hall of Fame.

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