- The Washington Times - Friday, December 18, 2009

The Washington Redskins are talking with former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan about becoming the NFL team’s next head coach, according to the Denver Post.

The report follows the resignation Thursday of Redskins general manger Vinny Cerrato, then team owner Dan Snyder replacing him with Bruce Allen.

Allen, the son of late Redskins Hall of Fame coach George Allen, held a similar position with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders.

Shanahan won Super Bowls in 1997 and 1998 during his 14 seasons with the Denver Broncos but was fired last year after failing to make the playoffs for the third straight year.

Shanahan’s name has been mentioned as a replacement for head coach Jim Zorn, through much of the Redskins’ disappointing 4-9 season.

The team took away Zorn’s play-calling responsibilities early in the season, then gave them to veteran NFL offensive coach Sherman Lewis, whom they hired as a consultant.

Allen said Thursday during a press conference at the Redskins’ training facility that Zorn was still the team’s coach.

“Give us some time to see how our relationship develops,” he said.

Another named mention as a possible replacement for Zorn is former NFL head coach Jon Gruden, with whom Allen worked in Tampa Bay and Oakland.

The Redskins have three games remaining this season and play NFC East rival New York Giantson Monday night.

This story is based in part on wire service reports.

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