Redskins’ Kyle Shanahan Wants to be a Head Coach
Seven teams axed their head coaches on Monday, which means there are plenty of job openings. Plus, a lot of names have been mentioned in connection with those jobs, including former head coaches Andy Reid, Ken Whisenhunt, Lovie Smith, hot assistants like Ray Horton, Bruce Arians, Mike McCoy, and even hotter college coaches like Chip Kelly and Brian Kelly.
But one name that hasn't been mentioned belongs to the offensive coordinator of one of the NFL's hottest teams, who also has a heck of pedigree. Kyle Shanahan of the Washington Redskins, and son of 2-time Super Bowl winning coach Mike Shanahan, wants teams to know he is interested.
In an interview with the Associated Press,
"Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan says he's" definitely" interested in exploring head coaching opportunities once Washington's season is over. The 33-year-old says he'd like to be considered and is "looking forward to having that opportunity after the season."
One reason that Shanahan's name has not been mentioned may be tied to his famous father.
Shanahan said Thursday he didn't know until he read it in the media that his father - head coach Mike Shanahan - declared that assistants shouldn't interview while the Redskins are still playing. Kyle Shanahan would be hard to contact anyway - he says he doesn't have an agent and hasn't answered his phone "in about six months."
Of course, the bigger question is, would Washington allow Shanahan to leave the nest? Most experts equate the Redskins resurgence with Shanahan's ability to cater his offense to explosive rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. Would another OC be able to do the same?
The Redskins may not be willing to find out and might do whatever they can to keep Shanahan around.
One option is to make him the team's head coach in waiting. The elder Shanahan is on year 3 of a 5 year contract. If the Redskins win a Super Bowl in the next 2 years (let's face it, they are not going to run the table this playoff season with a gimpy RGIII), the elder Shanahan could ride of into the sunset having proved that he could win a Super Bowl without someone named Elway a the helm.
Then the Redskins could promote Shanahan the Younger to head coach. This would provide a stability Washington has not seen in owner Dan Snyder's tenure.
But will Kyle wait? Based on his statements above, that might not be the case. Redskins fans had better hope that 'daddy' can keep junior in his place.