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Monday, January 4, 2010
Report: Shanahan announcement could be delayed

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

The Washington Post had been reporting that the Redskins could introduce Mike Shanahan as their new head coach as soon as Tuesday, but the newspaper's Web site is now saying that offensive line coach Joe Bugel's likely retirement could delay the announcement.

The thought is that owner Dan Snyder would prefer to honor Bugel on Tuesday and perhaps make an announcement about Shanahan on Wednesday. A club source has told me within the past hour that it would not surprise him if the Skins waited until Wednesday to introduce Shanahan.

Snyder sent his private jet to pick up Shanahan on Monday and the two are expected to meet well into the evening, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. New general manager Bruce Allen is expected to be part of those discussions. The Denver Post reported two weeks ago that Shanahan was already in discussions with the Redskins.

At this point, it's hard to imagine there being a snag. The only head coach Snyder has hired with more pedigree than Shanahan is Joe Gibbs. And Gibbs' second tenure wasn't close to being as successful as his first run. Shanahan is expected to hire his son, Kyle, as offensive coordinator and it's likely that Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer will be his defensive coordinator.

It's hard to imagine anyone from Jim Zorn's staff being retained. Snyder is a big fan of special teams coach Danny Smith and secondary coach Jerry Gray, but that doesn't mean either assistant is safe. You can bet that Shanahan's basically had his staff in place for months. And Snyder is expected to give him plenty of leeway when it comes to decision-making power.

Will Snyder stay out of Shanahan's way and let him choose his own course? I'll believe it when I see it.