The Washington Redskins moved quickly in their pursuit of Mike Shanahan on Monday, flying in the former Denver Broncos coach on the same day the team fired Jim Zorn
–(www.FinancialNewsUSA.com)– 01/04/2010 – Most Popular industry news provided by Financial News USA. The Washington Redskins moved quickly in their pursuit of Mike Shanahan on Monday, flying in the former Denver Broncos coach on the same day the team fired Jim Zorn.
Shanahan and wife Peggy landed at Dulles International Airport near Redskins Park in mid-afternoon and were driven away in a limousine to meet with owner Dan Snyder and general manager Bruce Allen.
One Redskins assistant coach told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Allen informed the staff that Shanahan was indeed the team’s No. 1 target, but at least one other team also was interested in him.
Snyder planned for Shanahan to stay overnight at the owner’s house in Maryland, and a formal hiring announcement could come as early as Tuesday.
Shanahan’s arrival was the highlight of a long, eventful day as the Redskins sought a new direction after a 4-12 season. The first move came in the pre-dawn hours, when Zorn was dismissed during a meeting in his office with Allen after the team’s cross-country flight following a 23-20 loss to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.
“It’s real clear that we’re going to be aggressive,” Allen said. “What we’re looking for in a head coach is somebody who can lead these men that we had in our locker room this year to levels they’ve haven’t played through before.”
Allen had interviewed Shanahan via phone Monday morning, a source close to the situation told ESPN’s Schefter. The Redskins and Shanahan reportedly began talks last month, a day after Allen was hired.
Shanahan won two Super Bowls in 14 seasons with the Broncos. He was fired a year ago after Denver missed the playoffs for the third straight season.
Shanahan would be expected to bring his son, Houston Texans offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, with him to Washington. While the Redskins weren’t making any announcements about a hiring, Texans coach Gary Kubiak spoke as if a Shanahan tandem in D.C. was virtually a foregone conclusion.
“Obviously it looks like Mike’s coming right back in the business here real quick, and I know it’s something he’s always wanted, to work with his son,” Kubiak said. “I’d be the same way.”
Zorn went 12-20 over two seasons and lost 18 of his last 24 games after a 6-2 start in 2008. The Redskins struggled early this season despite a weak schedule and finished with their worst record since 1994.
“The status quo has to end,” Allen said. “We have to change the way we’ve been doing some business. … Last place two years in a row is not Redskins football.” About Financial News USA
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