Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Expect big Denver influence in D.C.
By Bill Williamson
Now that the long-awaited hiring of Mike Shanahan in Washington has been completed, expect our nation’s capital to become Denver D.C. Shanahan, who coached the Broncos from 1995-2008, probably will bring a strong Denver flavor with him to the NFC East.
Coaches are usually comfortable with people they have worked with in the past.
As Shanahan builds his staff in the next few weeks and his roster in the next several months, look for him to reunite with some former coaches and players.
Coaches on the Broncos' staff who could join Shanahan -- if they are interested and if Denver allows them to leave -- include offensive line coach Rick Dennison and running backs coach Bobby Turner, both former longtime Shanahan assistants.
Jim and Jeff Goodman, the father-son personnel team fired in Denver shortly after Shanahan, also could resurface in Washington.
Any Denver free agents from the Shanahan era will be candidates to join their former coach as well. Little-utilized tight end Tony Scheffler and running back Peyton Hillis could leave if Denver is open to letting them go. Scheffler probably is going to be a restricted free agent.
Of course, the free-spending Redskins also have to be considered a possible landing spot for disgruntled receiver Brandon Marshall.
In short, if Shanahan worked with someone in Denver and they are available, there could be an upcoming reunion in Washington.