Kyle Shanahan Rumors: Latest Buzz, Speculation Surrounding Former Browns OC

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIJanuary 7, 2015

Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, left, talks to quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) during practice at the NFL football team's facility in Berea, Ohio Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. After spending 13 games as a backup, Manziel will start Sunday when the Browns, with their playoff chances on the line, host the Cincinnati Bengals. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
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The Cleveland Browns parted ways with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan after reports of tension between the coach and front office. Shanahan reportedly will be hired as the next offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons. 

Continue for updates. 

Shanahan Reportedly to Take Falcons OC Position 

Sunday, Jan. 18

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Kyle Shanahan will be the next offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons:

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Falcons are hiring Kyle Shanahan as their OC, per league source. Shanahan and Dan Quinn planned to be package deal.

Rams to Interview Shanahan for OC Position

Saturday, Jan. 10

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Rams are interested in hiring Shanahan as offensive coordinator:

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Rams requested permission to interview 49ers OC Greg Roman along with former Browns OC Kyle Shanahan for their OC vacancy.

Browns Part Ways With Shanahan

Thursday, Jan. 8

According to Alex Marvez of Fox Sports, Shanahan's time with the Browns is over:

Alex Marvez @alexmarvez

Source tells @NFLonFOX that @Browns are parting ways with OC Kyle Shanahan after 1 season. Announcement is imminent

Marvez also reported that Shanahan wouldn't be the only Browns coordinator shown the door:

Alex Marvez @alexmarvez

.@Browns also parting ways with QB coach Dowell Loggains, source tells @NFLonFOX

Bleacher Report's Chris Simms discusses what's next for the Browns with Shanahan out: 

Shanahan Reportedly Job Hunting Due to Organizational Tension

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Tension and dysfunction within the Cleveland Browns organization? Tell us something we don't know.

The latest rumblings from Berea, Ohio, state that offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan may be calling plays elsewhere next season—or perhaps taking on an NFL head coaching role for the first time.

Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com outlined the details on Tuesday, also noting that Shanahan could reunite with his Super Bowl-winning father as an alternative plan of fleeing action:

Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan will consider leaving Cleveland -- even for a lateral move -- because of friction between some of the coaches and some in the front office, multiple league sources have told cleveland.com. 

Shanahan will interview Thursday morning for the Bills head coaching vacancy, and it's his ultimate goal to become a head coach. But he also might have an opportunity to be reunited with his father Mike, which is enticing to him. Kyle worked under Mike for four seasons in Washington before they were let go after the 2013 season.

Rotoworld's Patrick Daugherty weighed in on the latest discouraging sports news to come from Cleveland:

Patrick Daugherty @RotoPat

Wait for it .... dysfunction in Cleveland. This is our collective shocked face. http://t.co/Nqkdc0WOAl

Cabot notes that the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders have entertained the possibility of having two Shanahans headlining their coaching staff. The Buffalo Bills are open to going that route as well, should the younger Shanahan not be fit for the head gig.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora has more details on the Buffalo possibility:

Jason La Canfora @JasonLaCanfora

Kyle Shanahan's interview with the Bills will take place on Thursday. They have already talked to his father about the HC opening

A different scenario could play out if the Bills accept Shanahan at the helm, according to Comcast SportsNet's John Middlekauff:

John Middlekauff @JohnMiddlekauff

A source told me Mike Shanahan could take on a GM type role in Buffalo while Kyle became the head coach

At the rather young age of 35, Shanahan already has a chance to ascend to the top of his profession, something he's expressed a desire to do in the past, per Cabot.

Although having an NFL pedigree helps, there's no denying that Shanahan has worked some serious magic as an offensive coordinator.

The precocious play-caller helped Matt Schaub lead the NFL in passing yards in Houston, catalyzed Robert Griffin III's electric rookie campaign in Washington and made Brian Hoyer look good for the first half of 2014.

Buffalo's interest in Shanahan makes a lot of sense in that context. Running back Fred Jackson weighed in on the abrupt departure by the team's most recent coach, Doug Marrone, per The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci:

When we preach family this, family that, and then we wake up the next day and he's gone, it's something that guys just don't respect more than anything. I think, if anything, it's going to light a fire under the guys' butts going into next year. We're going to feel motivated and whoever comes in, we're going to make that coach have a lot of respect for taking that job and feel like it was the right job to take.

Those words have to add some comfort for potential coaching candidates. The Bills have a former first-round pick in EJ Manuel who is athletic and has the prototypical body of a franchise quarterback. Someone like Shanahan may be able to get the most out of him.

With young receiving weapons in Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods to go with Jackson in the backfield, Shanahan would have viable pieces to work with. Buffalo also must ensure its defense, which ranked second on Football Outsiders behind only the Seattle Seahawks this year, remains mostly intact amid the change at the top.

This development could doom any momentum Cleveland generated in Shanahan's system. Johnny Manziel struggled as a rookie in grasping a dense NFL playbook, and he'd have to learn an entirely new offense in the event Shanahan leaves for Buffalo or elsewhere.


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