We haven't heard much from Mike Shanahan since his ugly exit from the Washington Redskins this offseason.
We almost heard a lot of him, though.
It appears that Shanahan has taken a pass at a broadcasting job with Fox Sports in which he would have called NFL games with Dick Stockton, per 106.7 The Fan's Grant Paulsen (via CBS Local). In a chance meeting, Paulsen ran into Stockton at the Philadelphia airport and struck up a conversation. In time, Stockton offered up the interesting Shanny nugget, almost as a throwaway line:
Paulsen: I said, ‘Calling a game?’
Stockton: And he goes, ‘No, not today. I’m off until Friday. I’ve got a Yankees game.’
Paulsen: I said, ‘Oh, that’s cool.’ And so right then, I tell him, I said, ‘Well, my name’s so-and-so, I just was working at the All-Star event with XM Radio. I was working in the dugout.’ I presented myself just to have a conversation, let him know, basically, that I’m in the business. I didn’t say I do a daily show in D.C. or anything like that. I said, ‘I’m in radio and have done some work, a big fan of what you do play-by-play.’
And so he said, ‘Oh, cool. Cool.’ So we started talking. I was asking him about the big news that Erin Andrews had moved up, and he wasn’t really giving opinions as much as as saying, ‘Yea, I heard about that kind of stuff.’
And then I said, ‘Hey, what broadcast team are you on this year?’
Stockton: And he’s like, ‘What do you mean?’
Paulsen: I said, ‘Well, who you working with?’
Stockton: And he’s like, ‘Well, that’s a great question.’ He’s like, ‘Normally I know by now.’ He’s like, ‘I’m not really sure, yet.’
Paulsen: I said, ‘Ah, okay.’
Stockton: And he says, ‘I was supposed to be working with Mike Shanahan, but it doesn’t sound like he wants to do it anymore.’
Then Paulsen relayed some reporting he did after said convo and reflected on just what it would have meant to have a Stockton-Shanahan booth.
“What I’m being told is that Mike Shanahan will not be calling games on Fox," Paulsen said. "That is not going to happen. But! At one point in time, there was at least a conversation. Could you have imagined? Shanny on the call of Redskins games in September?!”
We always felt like we were getting a story when it came to Shanahan talking about Robert Griffin III, really since the knee injury — who knew what and when, who was responsible for what, who said what to whom, etc. It grew tiresome from a media aspect, but that largely was because of the fact that nothing really felt authentic when coach talked about quarterback.
We still don't know what really happened between those two. So chummy one year, so awkward the next.
And now that Shanahan reportedly will punt on a broadcasting career (for now?), we still don't know.
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