Passing game coordinator Mike LaFleur and run game special Mike McDaniel, two of Shanahan's top lieutenants, both interviewed with Cleveland and were candidates to take over as Browns offensive coordinator had Saleh gotten the job.
"I know we got a lot of good coaches on our staff and we've been very fortunate to keep them around here," said Shanahan. "But yeah, that would have been a concern.
"It would have been tough on our relationship," he quipped.
Shanahan was asked how Saleh responded to Shanahan being "pumped" he didn't get the job.
"He knows me well enough to know how I am," said Shanahan. "But I'm definitely excited he didn't get it. That's not just for selfish reasons -- because I care a lot about this organization too. And so it definitely helps me, but it helps this whole organization. But I think it'll help Saleh in the long run. Like I said, he's going to be a head coach. He just needs the right opportunity. He's going to get better and better too."
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