The Best Thing Mike Shanahan Brings To Washington Is...
The positives of bringing in Mike Shanahan have been talked about and made crystal clear in the weeks of speculation prior to the official hiring as the Redskins next head coach and after.
There is his winning pedigree, which includes appearing in ten conference championships and six Super Bowls in some role as a coach, not to mention his two Super Bowl victories in back-to-back seasons as a head coach with the Denver Broncos ('97-'98). With his accomplishments he draws a lot of respect from players and has a no nonsense approach towards his players and discipline.
However, little has been made about the personnel that will follow Mike Shanahan to the nation's capital. Mike Zimmer, the current Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator, is rumored to follow Shanahan.
But the big name that I am personally excited about is our offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. The son of the new head coach looks to be a chip off the off the old block with the resume that he has already built in the NFL.
Now the reason I bring this up is because Mike Shanahan is 57 years old and has been around the league for the past 26. He did sign a five year contract, but I find it unlikely he will stay more than four.
As history shows, NFL coaches don't really coach much into their sixties, with just a few exceptions. Most great aging head coaches move on into the front office where they become in charge of player personnel once the stress of the day-to-day grind becomes too great.
Looking at Kyle Shanahan, he is already in the making of becoming a great coach. At age 30, he has already had six years working with NFL teams. The past four seasons he has been with the Houston Texans, most recently as their offensive coordinator.
In 2006 he was the teams wide receivers coach, a season in which he worked with Andre Johnson, who had his first 100+ catch season.
The following season Shanahan moved to quarterbacks coach where he was a part of improving a 27th ranked passing attack a season ago to 11th. Even having to work with both Matt Schaub and Sage Rosenfels, who both had over 200 attempts after an injury to Schaub.
From 2008-2009 Shanahan has been the teams offensive coordinator, and after the 2009 season the Texans finished first in the league in passing. And throughout his tenure with the team, it is obvious that he has been an important piece to the success that the Texans have been having.
Some of you are wondering why I still bring this up, it probably won't happen. But Mike Shanahan was brought in to be kind of a quick fix. That is why you hire a guy who has been at the top to come in and change things fast. But again, given his age he will most likely and tire and fade out in a few years.
Any franchise would agree that they are always looking for a coach that would be their man for years and years to come, and I believe that Kyle could do that.
From the author (side note): I mainly wrote this article because I'm tired of seeing all these Mike Shanahan articles by everyone, especially when they are all saying the same thing.
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