Speaking to a group of mostly high school kids in Denver on Friday, former Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan reiterated he would love to return to the NFL sidelines if given the opportunity. And, just like he has said in the year-and-a-half since the Redskins fired him, Shanahan added that it would have to be the right situation.
"It'd have to be the right situation, for both sides — ownership and myself," he said, according to the Denver Post.
Shanahan also told the crowd that he is still studying football despite not actively working in the sport.
"You go 18 hours a day for 40-something years, and then you got a year and a half to two years where you feel like you got the time to do whatever you want to do," he said. "I still study the heck out of football. I actually have more time. I study more football now than I actually did before."
Shanahan was interviewed this offseason for head coaching jobs in Oakland, San Francisco and Buffalo, but each team chose to go in a different direction. The two-time Super Bowl-winning coach has been out of the game since he left Washington in Dec. 2013.
Shanahan, 62, is 170-138 as a head coach of 20 NFL seasons. He had most of his success with the Denver Broncos, as in Washington he went just 24-40.
The Redskins won 10 games in 2012 with Shanahan at the helm and captured the NFC East title. But in his other three seasons in D.C., the Redskins went a combined 14-34.
Given Shanahan interviewed for multiple jobs just months ago, it can't be ruled out that he will someday be an NFL coach again. But holding out for a winner could certainly diminish those chances, as teams who need head coaches usually aren't winning many games.
We'll see if Shanahan can complete a comeback.