Mike Shanahan unlikely to coach Chiefs -- or anyone -- before 2009 season

Kevin DarstContributor IJanuary 24, 2009

Mike Shanahan isn't likely to be the next coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, despite earlier reports he was headed to the former rival.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen initially reported the Chiefs were "near a deal" with Shanahan, but later said Kansas City hasn't negotiated with Shanahan, though he said Chiefs owner Clark Hunt is "focused" on Shanahan and has researched financial proposals.

The NFL Network's Adam Schefter had already reported the Shanahan-to-the-Chiefs scenario was "not happening."

Sports Illustrated's Peter King reported that Shanahan doesn't plan to take any head coaching job before the 2009 season starts.

Shanahan spent 14-years as the Denver Broncos' head coach before being fired in December after missing the playoffs for the third-straight season.

In the last two seasons, the Broncos had to win their final home game to reach the postseason and lost both — in 2007 to the San Francisco 49ers and in 2008 to the Buffalo Bills.