Monday, January 26, 2009
There are really only three reporters who are in the running for the NFL's top stories each week and those are Jay Glazer of FOX, Chris Mortensen of ESPN and Adam Schefter of the NFL Network. Schefter was relatively quiet the past few years, but after owning Mortensen during the 2008 NFL Draft, he did some excellent reporting and probably slid into the two-spot in the hierarchy of "NFL Breaking News Reporters".
Well all last week, Mort was trumpeting the fact that he had a source saying that Mike Shanahan would be replacing Herm Edwards in Kansas City. While that seems like a great storyline, and a seemingly good replacement, Schefter is here to tell you that it's false....entirely false....
Despite rampant reports that the Chiefs are negotiating with former Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan to replace Herm Edwards, they are not, sources said Friday.Obviously I've taken quite a few shots at Mort over the years, but when is the guy ever right? I mean seriously. If we're talking percentages here, Glazer is probably above 75-80% accurate when breaking news, Schefter is close to that as well, but Mort is probably under 30% with stories over the past year. As I've said before, if this was any other job, that kind of performance wouldn't be tolerated.
The Chiefs never have made any contact with Shanahan — never. And there have been no contract negotiations.
So unless people I have known for years are blatantly lying to me, Shanahan will not be the next coach of the Chiefs. It’s not happening. People can keep talking as if it is, but it’s not. Shanahan will not be the coach of the Chiefs in 2009.
Glazer has already taken his shot(s) at Mort in the media, so it seems it's Schefter's turn now. Let's get this battle cooking guys, because I'm already bored with Media Week, and it hasn't even started.
Shanahan isn’t a candidate in Kansas City (NFL.com)