Dec 29, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan during the game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Is Mike Shanahan A Fit For The Detroit Lions?

Mike Shanahan, freshly fired from the Washington Redskins, is now available for hire.  So should the Detroit Lions look at Mike Shanahan to be their next head coach?

Well if they did they could do a lot worse.

  • Shanahan brings a winning pedigree with him.
  • He is a back-to back super bowl champion
  • Shanahan has a 308-170 NFL coaching record that includes 5 division championships. A solid record even considering this last season with the Redskins.
  • Shanahan also has a 8-6 playoff record including two conference championships
  • Shanahan has coached Hall of Fame Quarterback John Elway ad could give valuable insight to Matthew Stafford

Shanahan does fall into the retread category but he is not your typical retread coach.

Mike Shanahan was scapegoated this season when the Redskins finished 3-13. He was saddled with a stripped down roster and thin talent because of salary issues.  He also had to deal with a malcontent at quarterback in Robert Griffin III who routinely circumvented the authority of the head coach by going directly to the owner. And that brings us to Dan Synder who runs his NFL franchise like a fantasy football team.

It was all of those factors that led to the Redskins poor records in three out of four season Mike Shanahan was coach. All problems that would not exist in Detroit.

If you listened at all to his press conference you got the sense that Shanahan still has the appetite to be an NFL head coach. The Detroit Lions should at least give him an interview based on his overall track record. whenyou are the Lions you can’t afford to ignore any qualified candidate.

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