Mike Shanahan Reflects On Hiring His Son

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On January 11, 2008, Kyle Shanahan became the youngest offensive coordinator in the NFL at age 28.  Over his first two seasons at the helm, his units were 17th and 10th in the league in scoring, and he had the offensive weapons at his disposal to continue to improve.

But instead, he wanted to coach with his father in Washington.  And so, after two years of success in Houston, he split for Washington.

“It was hard for me to leave,” he said at his introductory press conference with the Redskins.  “But when he got let go from Denver, I made a decision then that when he comes back, I’m only going to have so much time to work with my dad.  I realize I’m not going to have this option forever.”

“Even though it might not be perfect for me, regardless of the situation, I’m going to go with him.”

Perhaps what Kyle was referencing at the time, was a conversation that he had had with his father, who revealed today that he told him not to leave his situation in Houston.

“I’m the one that told Kyle not to come,” he said.  “I said, ‘This is going to be a work in progress.  It’s not going to happen over night.  And you were on an established team.  You’ve got your ducks in order.'”

And did he ever.

During his time with the Texans, Kyle helped to hone quarterback Matt Schaub from a talented backup into a premier pro passer.  During his time as the Texans receivers coach, he coached Andre Johnson into being one of the best in the business.

But Kyle wanted to coach with his father, and he wasn’t afraid of a challenge.  So his father brought him on board.

“I said, ‘We’re going to have to rebuild this football team, starting on offense.’  He understood that and he enjoyed the challenge–that’s what we’re doing.”

Kyle Shanahan has also earned the respect of his players, including fullback Darrel Young.  Young went undrafted as a linebacker, with only an outside shot at making the transition to the pro defense.  The Shanahans recognized the blocking ability that Young possessed, and have turned him into one of the best young fullbacks in the league.

Young defended the team’s play calling today, taking the burden of the blame on the players, not the coaches:

“I have all the confidence in the world–Kyle Shanaha, I don’t care what anyone says, is the best offensive coordinator in the league,” Young said today.  “This year, we’re not putting up points, but that’s the players, not the coaching.”

For the proof in the pudding, Young said to look no further than his resume as a coordinator.

“The system works, he’s shown us it works,” he said.  “It worked in Denver, it worked in Houston.  [Texans quarterback] Matt Schaub has thrown for over 4,000 yards a year.  So it’s not the system, it’s just the players not making plays like they need to be.”

“We just need to execute on the field.  You can’t be put in a better situation than Kyle puts us in.”

0 thoughts on “Mike Shanahan Reflects On Hiring His Son

  1. This has to be the most predictable bs out.. Your not doing well as an offensive coordinator,so you shout I took this because I wanted a challenge…As a skins fan kyle play calling is not aggressive enough..If he’s not calling to win WTF is he here for his DADDY..come on mr snyder if your reading this get them both the “F” out of washington bring someone in with the same compassion as the FANS.. Redskins devoted fan we want to WIN 10 years of the lame ass excuses


  2. You guys are not getting the point and its fans like you that make this redskins team horrible!!! you are screaming for Danny Boy to fire the Shanahans but then you think a new coach and system after committed to one is the answer??? There is one word that you all must learn and practice…..PATIENCE……He is building us a team. He took two years for this defense(like he said) and now he is going to focus on the offense this draft(like he said). Do not get me wrong though it is sickening to watch this team but so how some way I find myself watching it bc one day this team will come back to glory. No what ifs, or if we still had taylor comments, NO we will be a force soon….PATIENCE is the key here so relax…. did you really think we were playoffs with Grossman and Beck?? Get real… Defense is top 5 and now its time for the offense to be built……



  3. @GuzBZ,I agree,this wont happen overnight,we have a defense to be proud of,need help on the O-line.we use to be called the hogs,because we hoggedf the line of scrimage,effeventually,we will get back there,probully threw the draft,there are o_line players out there in coledge ball,that would help beef up our O-LINE,some on OU,LSU,Alabamas teams that would do the job.The shanahans are headed in the right direction and so is this team,I agree,PATIENCE,PATIENCE,anything worth having is worth waitting for,look how long it took the Texans to get where they are now,we can do it too,GO SKINS!!!!!


  4. GusBZ and roymtillman… I hear you both, but don’t you guys think Skins fans have been patient long enough? In 2009, there was all this off-season talk about the Skins’ aging offense line. They had six picks in the draft. Here’s what they did… pick a DE/LB, CB, two more LBs, a TE/FB, and WR. NO OFFENSIVE LINEMEN! We’re seeing the result now… their top O-linemen are all banged up now, which means the defense is ending up on the field for longer periods of time. Injuries are part of the game, BUT they are only valid excuses at the college-level and below (because those players don’t get paid — well, not supposed to). And when a team has all the injuries the Skins have, I question whomever’s in charge of the conditioning program. Do the back-ups not participate in team practices? If so, there’s no excuse for their poor play. Among Alabama, LSU, OU, Wisconsin, and any run-first offense in college football, O-linemen should be a plenty in the upcoming draft. I think they’ll lose (at least) five more games this year (NYJ, NE, NYG, Dallas, and Philly) to finish 6-10. You also have to realize that passion for football is far greater in Washington than it is in Houston, so although the Texans are much better, their fan-base do not expect them to compete for the Super Bowl each year — our fan-base expects that of the Skins every year, so PATIENCE is harder to come by in our Nation’s capitol.


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