Posted December 15, 2013

Redskins’ Kyle Shanahan reportedly ready to split from Mike Shanahan’s staff

NFC East, Washington Redskins
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Kyle Shanahan has served as offensive coordinator of the Redskins for the last four years under his father. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Kyle Shanahan wants out, apparently.

The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that Shanahan, currently Washington’s offensive coordinator, has “decided it is no longer worth it to work with his father” — that would be Mike Shanahan, the Redskins’ head coach. Rapoport added that Kyle Shanahan will try to venture out on his own path after four seasons in his current role.

This latest look into Washington’s implosion came shortly after CBS’ Jason La Canfora reported that many within the organization actually pin much of the blame for this 3-10 season on Kyle Shanahan’s relationships with Mike Shanahan and Robert Griffin III.

Conversations with several people within the organization have revealed a similar perception of Kyle Shanahan as someone who was empowered and enabled by his father, spending an abundance of time in his father’s office, given a wide swath of power, and rubbing many people — players, fellow coaches and members of football operations — the wrong way. …

“Kyle is the head coach, it’s just that no one knows he is,” said one member of the organization. “He gets whatever he wants. And he has no relationship at all with (quarterback Robert Griffin II). So how could it work?”

Just about everything that could have gone wrong for Washington this season has, up to and including Mike Shanahan’s decision to shut down Griffin for the remainder of the season — a move pitched as trying to preserve the young QB’s health. In reality, that explanation may be an excuse, allowing Shanahan to plug Kirk Cousins into the lineup for three starts.

Shanahan said Friday that he believes Cousins could play well enough down the stretch to garner a first-round pick in an offseason trade.

Whether or not Shanahan will be presiding over the team by the time the upcoming offseason arrives remains to be seen. It’s felt inevitable for some time now that Washington owner Daniel Snyder would head in another direction, but the team’s reluctance to make a move to this point could indicate otherwise.

But regardless of Mike Shanahan’s future in the nation’s capital, his son’s days with the Redskins are numbered — either by his choice or Snyder’s.

43 comments
Walt6
Walt6

Hell yeah he's ready to split.  He can smell the stench of dead meat in the air.  Pop's history and I will be too, so I'm out of here.  Don't let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya.

dandogwood
dandogwood

Kyle Shanahan is a joke in the NFL and is laughed at and not respected.  Elway made Mike's career and Mike has done zip without Elway at QB.

valstekel
valstekel

I can see the locker room now... My Daddy says you have to do what I say!

pk_sea
pk_sea

All I know is that they are going to give the Rams one hell of a draft pick.  

Chuckster
Chuckster

I hear Texas is looking for a HC. 

KennethJohnson
KennethJohnson

Lets make Kyle Shanahan head coach, and Mike the assistant coach. This could be more fun than

Kim Jong Un and Dennis Rodman.

dandogwood
dandogwood

Kyle Shanahan has no business being an NFL coach period.

rskins09
rskins09

Said in Aug. 2013 that Cousins should start  ,at least,  the 1st FOUR games  because of  RG's knee .....And Redskins should never trade Cousins , not  with the constant QB injuries  in the NFL ..Look at how many QB are injured  now & Cousins is better than all of them --the backups ..QB is 30% of your offense in the NFL   and the good ones  are hard to find out of college,even in the first  round  ...

FredFlintsone
FredFlintsone

Sr. or jr. apple doesn't fall far off the tree. $7M a year is a lot to pay for a head coach whose teams have won 1 playoff game in 14 seasons. Cant fire the owner

otherworld
otherworld

Agreed that the real issue is Snyder. The sample size is almost 20 years and he has done nothing but waste money and despoil the reputation of a tradition-rich franchise. Dan, please for the sake of the community and the franchise, cash in your chips. We are a punch-line to just about any joke, and a punching bag for the rest of the league. 

HPPlantagenet
HPPlantagenet

All this nonsense is according to....whom? Somebody leaked this anonymously, to sandbag Kyle S and try to drive a wedge between father and son. Some jerk in Snyder's office. And you yobbos are doing their dirty work for them. ....The Redskins had these problems long before the Shanahans showed up, because Snyder would rather have one star and 44 overweight bartenders, than build an actual team. That's what they hope you won't notice. 

dandogwood
dandogwood

If Kyle's old man wasn't in the NFL Kyle would be selling cars or working a drive-thru window. Kyle got his coaching job via his midget overrated old man.

SamWilmot
SamWilmot

I heard Joe Thiesman talking the other day and he said the owner does not interfere at all! it's a wonder his tongue didn't fall out of his mouth. Surprised to hear he sits in the owners box. Nobody ever called him on it.

otherworld
otherworld

Yes, this is probably a good move. I don't get the impression that RG3 and Kyle are very sympatico. 

JubJub
JubJub

What an absurd soap opera.  That organization needs to completely clean house and get rid of the entire coaching and managerial staff.  

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

Maybe he could  go to the Giants, they have a OC that is very offensive (He Sucks)

dandogwood
dandogwood

Kyle Shanahan has zero business coaching in the NFL. Kyle is terrible and always has been a terrible coach. Joke hire.  Fire the bum. career over anyway as the kid stinks.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

This is all better than any soap opera. The drama. The intrigue. The owner is so used to buying his way in and out of every problem he has no other solution. The coach is an arrogant prig. His incompetent but enabled son is on the payroll. The star, who thinks he should be  running the team, gets benched. The only thing missing is a player having an affair with a coach's wife. I'll double check the canon, but I'm willing to bet that Shakespeare has this all covered in one of his plays. "The Comedy of Errors" would be the best title, but that's already been taken.

Roy1
Roy1

Good step for Kyle.  He was OK in Houston as OC.  Get away from Daddy (who isn't all that great anyway, especially without Elway and Terrelle Davis) and make your own name.

Matthew W
Matthew W

That would be....uhhh....terrible?

TChara
TChara

3 years ago headlines: John Elway lost millions of endorsements when Doug Williams won Super Bowl. 1 Christian coach had the moral strength to build a strong O line, safe locker room to give all people in DC the only Winning Afro Amer. SuperBowl QB ever in a league of 80% diversity. Joe Gibbs didn’t call plays & protection that would result in sacks, hurries for unwanted QB, he didn’t leak QB criticism to media to setup and sell a QB shutdown and humiliation of the most celebrated Afro American rookie QB ever. He treated J Campbell, D Williams with respect as much as possible in a league craving for the shameful status quo. Thanks J Madden, M Irvin, k. Warner for integrity wish you had the 14 million to give Coach to ride off into the sunset. Maybe owner will bring in a good team for stability and honor instead of money. Maybe we can believe that we too are worthy of an O line with plays that Brady, Manning and Luck and now Cousins enjoy. Cousins will be sacked les, hurried less and maybe even offered a hand up from his O line IF he's knocked down. Kyle said it himself, I had one game plan for RG3 and a different plan for Cousins, until his dad announced the shutdown

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

Nothing about his playing calling or his offensive system in DC indicates that he'd be much of a hire.

ArnoldNewman
ArnoldNewman

@dandogwoodExactly.  What qualifies him to be an O.C. besides his last name.  Sons of successful coaches and players seem to always have entitlement issues.  Bill Pollian's kid is another example.  There's another one whose name escapes me.


Then again, Wade Philips and Jim Mora Jr. seem to be the opposite so maybe these sons are just reflections of their fathers.

FredFlintsone
FredFlintsone

@otherworld Boy fan became owner and still playing with his toy. Too bad great fans redskin fans deserve better than this

rskins09
rskins09

@HPPlantagenet ...    Your right ...  Remember the Doug Williams  VS  Jay  Schroder  QB  so called  controversy years ago ... Late George Michael ( chanl. 4 TV )  had a field day with this  and if Michael got within  20 miles of either player  he go on and on and on asking each QB why they should be the starter instead of the other one ...Doug Williams started crying during one interview  ...Yes, Virginia,  reporters love controversy  and like to stir the  pot  ...   

Mike26
Mike26

@dandogwood Kyle was a fine playcaller in Houston prior to going to work with his dad.  Get him away from his father and he'll be fine.  Some team will give him an opportunity - and I'll bet he flourishes.

pk_sea
pk_sea

@TChara Your rambling was really hard to read, but what I take from it is you are saying RG3 was injured on purpose to bring in a white QB?

rskins09
rskins09

@TChara ......    What are you saying ? .. I don't get it ...

Mulva
Mulva

@TCharadude....put down the candy and let the little boy go!

Cool
Cool

@TChara That was a a long ramble.. so your point was that you need to be a black christian QB to succeed?  I can't figure out any other reason for the post.  Maybe you can break it all down in a way I can understand?

DugoutBoyz
DugoutBoyz

@NoQNoSuperBowl And that's the entire point here!  

Kyle and Mike too, are sick and tired of quarterback 'stars' that refuse to follow the plays called and too often fail exercising their chosen option.  

"Option" to McNabb and Griffin III apparently means "I can do whatever the hell I feel like doing!"

It's tough when an established star or the current Rookie of the Year that broke all QB ratings doesn't but in to the system.  Griffin III looks lost out there.  There are 52 other guys fighting for their jobs and there are coaches wanting to get the best product on the field.

Shanahan was not straight with us.  It was purely a performance decision.

Dumptruck
Dumptruck

@ArnoldNewman @dandogwood You are thinking of Marty Shottenhimer's boy who blew it as OC for the Jets and currently blowing it as OC for the Rams.

KidHorn
KidHorn

@Rexal Parshapswich That was 15 years ago. If your best defense for keeping your job is something you did 15 years ago, then you need to go.