When the Redskins fired Mike Shanahan after the 2013 season, you had to wonder if Washington was the last stop on Shanahan's career coaching tour. Considering he went 24-40 during his four seasons in Washington and watched as Robert Griffin III severely regressed last season, thanks in part to an injury Shanahan could have helped prevent in the 2012 playoffs, that would seem to be the most likely answer.
But if Shanahan got the right opportunity, he told USA Today that he would consider returning to the sidelines.
"If I get back into coaching, it would have to be a situation where there was a realistic opportunity to win a Super Bowl," the 61-year-old Shanahan said.
Shanahan won two of them when he coached the Broncos, but the last one came in the 1998 season, and in the past seven seasons he's coached, Shanahan only has amassed two winning seasons. He actually had the chance to be a Fox football analyst this season, but he eventually declined the job.
Aside from wanting to go to a team that doesn't need a massive rebuild, he also wants to make sure his fantasy team had plenty of salary cap room. Oh, and it, he said, "would have to be with the right ownership."
Based on all his criteria, it seems unlikely that a position like that would come open. And if it did, it seems unlikely that Shanahan, based on his age and his most recent performances, would have a shot at landing the job.
So, if you said Shanahan was done as an NFL head coach, well, you're probably right.