Mike Shanahan, Others Embarrass Mortensen

↵Bagging on ESPN's scoopmaster Chris Mortensen is old hat and a bit of a bore. But he's, like, a drum or two eggs, he wants to be beaten over and over.
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↵Before the soil on Herm Edwards' coaching grave had settled Mortensen began reporting the Chiefs were negotiating with Denver's deposed boss Mike Shanahan. Not an hour later NFL.com's Adam Schefter basically called Mort out. ↵
↵⇥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. The Chiefs never have made any contact with Shanahan — never. And there have been no contract negotiations.
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↵⇥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. ↵
↵Boom! Mort later reported that his sources now said there have been no negotiations, but that the Chiefs want Shanahan. In fact, Shanahan remains the main protagonist in ESPN.com's current coverage of the K.C. situation. Via Deadspin SI's Peter King is piling on, tossing out this sentence to lead his Shanny story: "Deposed Denver coach Mike Shanahan will "definitely'' not coach the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009 [...]." Maybe this is all a public intervention from the rest of the staid NFL reporter class, trying to get Mortensen to check himself into a "bad scoop detox center."↵

This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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