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David Shaw and Briles are similar in many ways.
Both have rightfully become hot names at the NFL level due to the annually consistent play of their college teams.
And both have agreed to "long-term" extensions over the past two years.
Shaw was re-upped by Stanford in December of 2012, according to the San Jose Mercury News. The terms of the extension were not disclosed.
Since taking over for Jim Harbaugh as the Cardinal head coach in 2011, Shaw has accumulated 34 wins and only six losses. He's also led his team to BCS bowls in each of his three seasons. The Cardinal will face the Michigan State Spartans in this year's Rose Bowl.
With an offensive background, Shaw's teams have proven to be blue-collar, and his smash-mouth style has been extremely successful in the Pac-12 conference.
Best Fits: Houston Texans, Detroit Lions
Because of the balanced offenses and strong defenses he's fielded at Stanford, Shaw would, in theory, be a fine fit anywhere.
Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports reported that the Houston Texans and Washington Redskins wanted the Stanford head coach.
However, according to the Los Angeles Times, Shaw reiterated that he doesn't want to move on to the NFL, saying, "I have no desires to pursue another job."