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To many, what gives Shaw the edge over [Texas A&M coach Kevin] Sumlin is his prior NFL experience. He played at Stanford for Dennis Green and Bill Walsh and spent nearly a decade in the NFL as quarterbacks coach with the Eagles, Raiders and Ravens. Pair that with his Harbaugh tutelage and the meteoric rise of former pupil Andrew Luck and you see where he might be attractive to those who work behind the shield.
Last month, former Washington Redskins general manager Charley Casserly spelled out the importance of NFL experience to the team's website: "I think if he’s been a pro assistant and understands the pro game, and therefore has connections within the league to hire a staff -- which is crucial -- and understands how to build an organization in the NFL to include the draft, salary cap, dealing with ownership, those are all things you want."
Not so coincidentally, [Washington's NFL team] tried to woo Shaw to replace Mike Shanahan only to be politely rebuffed with a reminder from Shaw’s representatives that he is perfectly happy at his alma mater.