Catching up with Mike Shanahan

INDIANAPOLIS -- Former Denver coach Mike Shanahan addressed the media at the NFL scouting combine in his first field trip as the head coach of the Washington Redskins.

Shanahan must be turning a new leaf. He never spoke at the combine as Denver’s head coach. Heck, he was rarely even seen at the combine as Denver’s coach.

Yet, Shanahan was holding court Friday as the head coach of the Redskins.

It was the first time I’ve seen him since he was fired by the Broncos 14 months ago. He looked fresh and happy. Shanahan didn’t talk too much about his Broncos days, but he said it was a special time in his life. He also said he felt he left the team in pretty good shape when he was fired after 14 seasons in Denver.

I believe he was referring to the team’s offense. Josh McDaniels did inherit the No. 2 ranked offense in the league.

Here are some other highlights of Shanahan’s time with the media:

Shanahan did little to dismiss the notion that he could be interested in recently released San Diego star running back LaDainian Tomlinson. Shanahan said that he and Tomlinson are good friends and that he respects him. Perhaps realizing he was saying too much, Shanahan abruptly said he didn’t want to discuss Tomlinson anymore.

Shanahan loves veterans and he has always admired Tomlinson. I see a fit.

Shanahan said he was his talks with Buffalo at the end of last year were serious. However, he said his wife, Peggy, was not interested in dealing with the Buffalo weather.

Shanahan said he is following the Darrent Williams murder trial and he said he hopes justice prevails.

Shanahan is excited to have the No. 4 pick in the draft. He noted the last time he had a high pick was in 1998, his first year as the Raiders’ coach. They took star receiver Tim Brown at No. 6.