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Friday, February 26, 2010
Buffalo wasn't family spot for Shanahans


INDIANAPOLIS -- Rough day for the Graham stamping grounds.

Of course, I have a lot of thumbtacks pushed into my personal roadmap, so it's not tough to encounter references. But a couple of my home bases absorbed shots Thursday at the NFL scouting combine.

Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, in explaining why he didn't take the Buffalo Bills' job, mentioned that aside from the team, Buffalo otherwise was an undesirable destination.

"There was strong consideration," Shanahan said. "I think it's an excellent organization, very well run. Enjoyed my conversation with them.

"But at the end of the day, it was not something that ... I want to put it in the right words: If I went to Buffalo to live there, from my family perspective, I think I'd be the only one that'd go. My wife and kids wouldn't go."

Shanahan then seemed to realize how poorly his words would go over in Western New York, where I live.

"Strictly from a weather standpoint," he added. "Now in Washington we get 40 inches of snow this winter."

New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum then took a shot at Berea, Ohio, the home of my alma mater, Baldwin-Wallace College, and the Cleveland Browns' training facility.

Tannenbaum had some give and take with a Browns reporter who asked why the Jets believe receiver Braylon Edwards will buy into the offseason conditioning program after years of not bothering much with the Browns.

"Have you ever been to Florham Park in March?" Tannebaum asked, referring to the Jets' complex in New Jersey. "It's a wonderful place to be. I've been there. I've been to Berea.

"Florham Park is a really nice place. We've got a lot to offer, a lot to do."