Report: Shanahan, 'Skins talking

NFL Notes

Former Broncos coach, team working toward deal

December 20, 2009|By From Sun news services

Former Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan has been in discussions to become the Washington Redskins' next head coach, two NFL sources told The Denver Post late last week.

The two sides still have some issues to work through, however, before an agreement is reached. The 4-9 Redskins long have been eliminated from playoff contention and have three games remaining with coach Jim Zorn.

Redskins owner Daniel Snyder began housecleaning Wednesday with Bruce Allen replacing Vinny Cerrato as general manager. One NFL source said that when Shanahan spoke with the Buffalo Bills last month about their new front-office/coaching openings, Allen was to be included in the package there.

The Allen-Shanahan partnership appears ready to take control of the struggling but tradition-rich franchise.

Shanahan was the Broncos' coach for 14 seasons, winning Super Bowls in January 1998 and 1999. He was fired after his third consecutive nonplayoff appearance last season.

Allen was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' general manager for five seasons until he was fired after last season.

At first glance, the Redskins' GM change Wednesday seemed to hurt Shanahan's chances of becoming the head coach there because he had a close relationship with Cerrato dating to their days with the San Francisco 49ers. Allen, meanwhile, was well connected to former coach Jon Gruden for several years in Tampa Bay.

But Allen and Shanahan also have formed a strong relationship over the years. For starters, they may have shared some horror stories of Oakland Raiders' owner Al Davis. Shanahan was fired as head coach by Davis four games into the 1989 season. Allen, son of the late legendary head coach George Allen, worked in the Raiders' front office from 1995 to 2003.

Shanahan's son Kyle also got his NFL assistant coaching start with Allen and Gruden at Tampa Bay in 2004 and 2005.

BENGALS: Chris Henry's funeral will be held Tuesday in the New Orleans area, where the receiver grew up.

The Bengals announced on Saturday that the afternoon funeral will be at the Alario Center in Westwego, La. Henry, 26, was from nearby Belle Chasse.

Henry died in North Carolina on Thursday, a day after falling out of the back of a pickup truck during what police described as a domestic dispute with his fiancee. Police in Charlotte are investigating. No charges have been filed.

The Bengals will fly a charter to the funeral on Tuesday and return later in the day. It's the players' usual day off.

EAGLES: The club will be without running back Brian Westbrook and rookie wide receiver Jeremy Maclin against the 49ers today.

Westbrook has missed the past four games and six of the last seven with a concussion. Maclin left Sunday's win over the Giants with a torn plantar fascia.

PANTHERS: Matt Moore will make his third consecutive start at quarterback today against the Vikings.

Jake Delhomme was ruled out of the game with a broken finger that has kept him sidelined since Nov. 29.

TITANS: Vince Young took all the practice reps with the first-team offense Friday as they prepare to host Miami.

Young is listed as questionable because of a pulled right hamstring.

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