Mike Shanahan Nearly Joined Dick Stockton in Booth for Fox NFL Coverage
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Former Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan nearly stepped into the booth for Fox Sports as a NFL color commentator, this all according to play-by-play announcer Dick Stockton, by way of 106.7 The Fan’s Grant Paulsen.
Meaning Shanahan could have possibly been calling Redskins games this fall.
Paulsen, who previously covered the Redskins for 106.7 The Fan the past four NFL seasons, ran into Stockton in the Philadelphia airport on Monday.
He relayed his conversation Tuesday morning on his midday show on 106.7 The Fan, which he co-hosts with Danny Rouhier.
Here’s that conversation, per Paulsen’s account:
Paulsen: I said, ‘Calling a game?’
Stockton: And he goes, ‘No, not today. I’m off until Friday. I’ve got a Yankees game.’
Paulsen: I said, ‘Oh, that’s cool.’ And so right then, I tell him, I said, ‘Well, my name’s so-and-so, I just was working at the All-Star event with XM Radio. I was working in the dugout.’ I presented myself just to have a conversation, let him know, basically, that I’m in the business. I didn’t say I do a daily show in D.C., or anything like that. I said, ‘I’m in radio, and have done some work, a big fan of what you do play-by-play.’
And so he said, ‘Oh, cool. Cool.’ So we started talking. I was asking him about the big news that Erin Andrews had moved up, and he wasn’t really giving opinions as much as as saying, ‘Yea, I heard about that kind of stuff.’
And then I said, ‘Hey, what broadcast team are you on this year?’
Stockton: And he’s like, ‘What do you mean?’
Paulsen: I said, ‘Well, who you working with?’
Stockton: And he’s like, ‘Well, that’s a great question.’ He’s like, ‘Normally I know by now.’ He’s like, ‘I’m not really sure, yet.’
Paulsen: I said, ‘Ah, okay.’
Stockton: And he says, ‘I was supposed to be working with Mike Shanahan, but it doesn’t sound like he wants to do it anymore.’
“Dick Stockton in an airport, telling me — and again, I didn’t tell him, like, ‘I do a 10-2 show and I’m gonna mention this tomorrow’ — but I certainly didn’t hide the fact that I’m in the business,” Paulsen said. “And he just kind of offered that. He said, ‘Yea, I was going to do it with Mike Shanahan, but it sounds like that’s not happening anymore.'”
Paulsen went on to say he contacted someone close to Shanahan to confirm the news, learning, “What I’m being told is that Mike Shanahan will not be calling games on Fox. That is not going to happen. But! At one point in time, there was at least a conversation. Could you have imagined? Shanny on the call of Redskins games in September?!”