Cowher thinks Shanahan will be back

December 23, 2013

As Redskins fans spend most of their available sports time debating whom the Redskins should hire as their next head coach, some analysts continue to insist that Mike Shanahan could, or might, or should return to the Redskins as head coach in 2013. Add Bill Cowher to that list.

“I think Mike Shanahan comes back, and makes a change of coordinators,” Cowher said during CBS Sports’s “The NFL Today” Sunday morning.

I mean, maybe. But good luck selling that one to the fan base.

Meanwhile, Shanahan is rapidly approaching the Zorn/Spurrier benchmark. With a loss against the Giants on Sunday, Shanahan’s four-year record in Washington would be 24-40, giving him exactly the same winning percentage as Zorn and Spurrier, who both went 12-20.

TWEET OF THE WEEKEND

I’m defining “weekend” loosely here. But this is amazing.

COWBOYS FANS IN PACKERS TENT

I don’t even know what to do with this, but I was at FedEx Field Sunday morning, and saw five Cowboys fans tailgating in a Packers tent at a Redskins game.


(Dan Steinberg / The Washington Post)

WISE CALLED IT

No one — and I mean no one — knows how to predict the ending of a D.C. sports event better than Mike Wise. In fairness, if I live tweeted every single thought that flitted through my mind during a game, I would often be wrong. Also, I love Mike. This is all love.

LAKOTA POPCORN AT FEDEX FIELD?

I would hope you’ve already read the Theresa Vargas and Liz Clarke story on Dan Snyder’s developing strategy concerning Native Americans and his football team. One excerpt:

Team officials would not say what might result from recent trips to Native American areas, but sources with knowledge of the situation say at least two things are in the works: a charity aimed at the problems of Native Americans and an arrangement for Lakota Foods in South Dakota to provide popcorn at the games.

MEDIA QUESTION OF THE DAY

HAYNESWORTH HA

Don’t know what to do with this, either. This Redskins fan apparently was not making a political or philosophical statement by wearing his Haynesworth jersey while hanging out with Cowboys fans. He was just wearing a jersey.

(Dan Steinberg / The Washington Post)
(Dan Steinberg / The Washington Post)

MORE ON BRILES

More on the Art Briles possibility, via John Keim of ESPN:

I’ve said it before and will say it again: That would be a major risk and put too much pressure on Griffin. One respected veteran, who likes Griffin, said of that possibility, “It would be bad for him and it would be bad for the locker room. It would put him in a tight spot.” Just because of the perception players would have that Griffin played a role in Shanahan’s ouster in order to get his college coach hired. Not a good look.

WHAT TO WATCH TODAY

The Caps host Bruce Boudreau and the Ducks at 7 on Comcast SportsNet. There’s an awful Monday Night Football game on ESPN, and a bad bowl game (East Carolina vs. Ohio) at 2 on ESPN. Also, George Mason faces Iowa State at 2:30 on ESPNU. All radio and TV listings are here. 

Dan Steinberg writes about all things DC sports at the DC Sports Bog.
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