The Washington Redskins have promoted from within as the team announced on their website this afternoon that current offensive assistant Mike McDaniel will be the new wide receivers coach. McDaniel joined the organization in 2011 and has a history with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.
The 29-year-old McDaniel was a member of the Yale Bulldogs receiving corps while in college from 2001-04, however a search for statistics as a player produced no results. After college, he was a coaching intern with the Denver Broncos while current Redskins coach Mike Shanahan was with the club.
He joined the Houston Texans in 2006 as an offensive assistant coach, again forging a relationship with a current member of the Redskins organization as current Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan was moving up the coaching ranks with the Texans.
A mentor-protege relationship may have developed between Kyle Shanahan and McDaniel as Shanahan moved from wide receiver coach in 2006 to quarterback coach to offensive coordinator with the Texans in a three-year span.
McDaniel remained with the younger Shanahan for three years as an assistant and left to join the California Redwoods of the United Football League (UFL) as the running backs coach. He remained with the team in a coaching capacity before teaming up with the Shanahan's and the Redskins in 2011.
Head coach Mike Shanahan released a statement Saturday on the team's website, Redskins.com, stating, "Mike has a proven track record from his time in Houston and his time here in Washington," Executive Vice President/Head Coach Mike Shanahan said. "I look forward to having him lead our receivers."
McDaniel inherits a receiving corps featuring four receivers who each accounted for more than 500-plus receiving yards in the 2012 season.