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Shanahan could be headed to D.C.

12/18/2009

Since the news broke this morning about the Redskins hiring Bruce Allen as their general manager, a lot of folks have made the logical leap to suggest that ESPN's Jon Gruden is a likely candidate to replace Jim Zorn. The two men worked together in Oakland and Tampa and here's what Gruden had to say about Allen being hired:

"Bruce Allen is a great football mind and an even better person," said Gruden through an ESPN spokesman. "His background and understanding of the Washington Redskins' tradition will be a huge asset to the Redskins. He is a leader and a great fit for this job. He's a big reason why I had any success in coaching. I'm really happy for him and I wish him the best."

And suddenly the "Monday Night Football" matchup between the Giants and Redskins becomes a lot more interesting -- especially with Gruden at FedEx to call the game. But after asking folks about Gruden all afternoon, I had a chance to talk to Chris Mortensen on 103.3 ESPN in Dallas-Fort Worth's afternoon show, "Galloway and Company." Mort believes that Dan Snyder and Bruce Allen will hire Mike Shanahan to be the Skins' next head coach. Mort's not ready to report that yet, but he said he was sharing that opinion "with great certainty."

He also thinks Cowboys owner Jerry Jones may have missed his window to have any chance at Shanahan.

"If things don't go well with the Cowboys, I think Jerry will have missed a great opportunity with Mike Shanahan," said Mortensen.

Mort would not rule out Bill Cowher for the Cowboys job and he thinks that Titans coach Jeff Fisher might be a "wild-card guy" in Jones' search for a replacement for Wade Phillips. Of course, Jones could decide to retain Phillips if the Cowboys are finally able to win a playoff game.

It's been a very interesting day in the NFC East. Let's get it going again tomorrow.