Could you imagine former Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan calling an Eagles game? That may have been a possibility had the two-time Super Bowl winner agreed to a deal with FOX Sports. Shanahan was involved in talks with the network regarding an on-air role but dropped out early in negotiations, according to 106.7 The Fan's Grant Paulson (via CBS DC).
All-around play-by-play announcer Dick Stockton relayed the news to Paulson and the report was confirmed by a FOX Sports spokesperson on Tuesday, according to the Washington Post. Stockton and Shanahan would be have been a broadcast team for the 2014 NFL season had Shanahan agreed to a deal with the network. Per Stockton's conversation with Paulson, he is unaware of who his new partner will be with Shanahan out of the picture. Stockton worked with former Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber last season and with John Lynch from 2011-2012.
Shanahan would have been an interesting addition to the FOX Sports team. While he did come off cranky during his tenure with the Redskins, he wasn't afraid to ruffle feathers or say what he felt. That brand of brash honesty and his experience in the league would have probably translated well to Sunday television. However, it seems that he is taking a year off to potentially get back into the league in 2015.