Mike Shanahan: Houston Texans won’t pursue him, reports say

December 9, 2013

Mike Shanahan found FedEx Field to be messy and rather inhospitable Sunday. (John McDonnell / Washington Post)

Although there was speculation Sunday in Washington that Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan was somehow maneuvering to replace Gary Kubiak as coach of the Houston Texans, reports play down that possibility.

John McClain, who covers the team for the Houston Chronicle, reported that the Texans would not pursue Shanahan, were his tenure as the Redskins’ coach to end, or Jon Gruden after firing Kubiak, a former assistant to Shanahan in Denver, last week.

Although owner Bob McNair prefers someone with head-coaching experience, he’s more interested, according to McClain, in former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith and San Diego offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt (who has been a head coach in the NFL) as well as Stanford Coach David Shaw. McClain also reports that Texas A&M Coach Kevin Sumlin isn’t a likely candidate at this point.

“People are trying to put the pieces together on Mike Shanahan going to Houston,” Peter King said on “Sunday Night Football.” “The general manager of the Houston Texans, Rick Smith, was hired by Mike Shanahan in Denver in 1995, and worked under him for 10 years with the Broncos. But two things to keep in mind, this decision is going to be made by Bob McNair, the Houston Texans owner, and I think McNair would be much more inclined to hire a less expensive and calmer coach — somebody like Lovie Smith, formerly of the Bears.”

Of course, Shanahan is the coach of the Redskins … and is under contract for next season.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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