Even with Dallas out, Mike Shanahan‘s name is being bandied about in multiple organizations.
The Lions and Browns already have reached out to Shanahan to gauge his interest. The New York Jets still plan to do the same, according to a New York source, despite the fact that Shanahan would like to take a couple of weeks to process all that happened this week and in the past 14 seasons in Denver.
Multiple reports have said the Jets won’t contact Shanahan; this is incorrect. As of late Friday night, they were planning to still speak with him.
Aside from the fact that the Lions, Browns and Jets all have expressed interest in him, teams with head coaches have weighed whether it would be worth it to make a change. In most cases, the answer is no. But there still could be a team or two that could decide to pursue Shanahan.
Multiple people around the league believe teams such as Tampa Bay or Washington always could decide to make a run at Shanahan. It doesn’t mean they will, but there is a feeling they always could.
In fact, after the Broncos fired Shanahan this past week, a group of Raiders executives speculated that if San Diego lost its wild-card game Saturday night to Indianapolis, they wouldn’t be stunned if the Chargers pursued Shanahan. San Diego officials said they would be stunned and insisted it is not happening. But teams are pondering the possibilities of Shanahan.