Ever since the New York Jets fired Eric Mangini as head coach, the rumors have been running rampant as to who the team is interested to fill their head coaching vacancy; the word out on the street, according to Rich Cimini of the New York Daily News, is that a person familiar with the Jets’ inner workings is saying that the team is very interested in former Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan.
But the Jets, in the meantime, are going to interview several candidates, including: Jets offensive coordinator Brian Scottenheimer, Jets assistant head coach/offensive line Bill Callahan, New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan and Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Mel Tucker. The possibility of the Jets hiring Shanahan brings some interesting sub-plots.
Shanahan is still owed $20 million from the Broncos, so he can be selective in the next team he chooses to coach for. The Browns have already expressed interest in Shanahan, and you can expect the same from the Detroit Lions, as well. Perhaps the only negatives in not hiring Shanahan are the recent lack of success in Denver as he went 24-24 in the last 3 seasons and no playoff appearances. There is also the issue of personnel matters; Shanahan made those decisions while in Denver – to mixed results – and may want to do the same when he meets with team owner Woody Johnson. Johnson’s mindset has always been that the coach should stick to just that – coaching.
Regardless of what becomes of the inevitable interview between Shanahan and the Jets, one thing is for certain: he will be a head coach somewhere. I just cannot see Shanny not coaching in the NFL in the 2009-2010 season.