ESPN writer/reporter Chris Mortensen is in a bit of hot water over his latest report.
Mortensen reported on Friday that Mike Shanahan was nearing a deal to replace Herm Edwards as the head coach of the Chiefs.
The story was run on ESPN, put front-page on ESPN.com and also mentioned here on kolotv.com.
The report has now been rebuked by two credible sources.
"Sports Illustrated" writer and "Inside the NFL" reporter Peter King has reported that Shanahan "definitely" will not be coaching the Chiefs or any other team next season. He says that Shanahan wants to take the year off.
"NFL Network" reporter Adam Schefter has also shot down the rumor. Schefter is a personal friend of Mike Shanahan, who also covered the Broncos for years. He reports that Shanahan has never been contacted by the Chiefs.
At this point it looks unlikely that Shanahan will become the Chiefs new head coach. Mortensen has also confirmed that other "sources" were now giving him differing information.
Meanwhile, the hunt continues for Herm Edwards replacement. Another rumor circulating right now has the Chiefs interested in Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley. He cannot interview until after the Super Bowl.
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