Five Head Coaching Candidates the Detroit Lions should avoid

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Mike Shanahan

Dec 29, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan during the game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Shanahan is popular option to not only take over as head coach, but general manager as well. I don’t think there is another option out there that concerns me more than Shanahan after the way things went down in Washington.

While most will think of the two Super Bowls that Shanahan coached the Broncos to back in 1998, you can’t ignore the Albert Haynesworth situation, putting an injured Robert Griffin III back in the game in the playoffs in 2012, or the back and forth war with Dan Snyder. Since winning back to back Super Bowls in 97 and 98, Shanahan coached teams that have gone 115-109 and have made the playoffs only five times. His last five years as a coach he compiled a record of 39-41.

It could be safe to say that Shanahan got saddled with a really good Broncos team with one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Shanahan hasn’t seen true coaching success in 17 years. Do you really want to hand the roster and the keys to the front office over to him?

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