Late Friday afternoon, when multiple reports surfaced that the Kansas City Chiefs and Mike Shanahan were close to a deal that would make him the team’s next head coach, the former Denver Broncos coach couldn’t be found. He was missing for a brief time, his cell phone going directly to voice mail.
Shanahan quickly found out the fuss he indirectly and unknowingly had created. When he walked off the golf course and into the clubhouse after playing 18 holes, multiple golfers asked Shanahan if it was true that he was closing in on a deal with the Chiefs.
Shanahan laughed. He had heard the rumors since Thursday morning, when members of his former coaching staff began calling to ask him if it were true that he was going to Kansas City.
As Shanahan told the people in the golf clubhouse, there was nothing new Friday that hadn’t been true on Thursday. He hadn’t had any contact with the Chiefs, didn’t plan to have any contact with the Chiefs and wouldn’t be coaching the Chiefs.
In other words, he would have more time to play golf.