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As Texans and 'Skins prepare to meet, Shanahans, Kubiak downplay their mutual knowledge

When the Houston Texans and the Washington Redskins get together for the third time ever, the game will entail for the second time a matchup between head coach Mike Shanahan and his former lieutenant in Denver, coach Gary Kubiak.  (The first time around, Kubiak’s Texans handled Shanahan’s Broncos easily, 31-13.)  And for the first time a Shanahan-Kubiak contest will include recent turncoat Kyle Shanahan, who hopped from the position of offensive coordinator in Houston to the job of offensive coordinator in Washington.

The Shanahans downplayed on Wednesday the fact that Kyle has carried inside information to D.C. regarding the things the Texans do on offense and defense.

Asked whether he has asked for Texans tidbits from his son, Mike Shanahan said in comments distributed by the team, “A little bit.”  But then he downplayed any possible edge.

“No, in fact, any time you go against someone that you really know well, I am not sure either team has an advantage.  Rick Dennison, obviously with me through all those years, Gary [Kubiak] and Brian Pariani, Frank Bush, I know them and they know me.”

It was then pointed out that, while the Texans have insight regarding the habits and preferences of Kyle and Mike Shanahan but not much regarding defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, Mike Shanahan said, “Well, it doesn’t take long to figure out after you take a look at film.  They look at Pittsburgh and some of the things they have done over the years.  They look at what Jim [Haslett] has done over the years.  It doesn’t take long to figure all of that stuff out.”

Kyle Shanahan also downplayed the inside information angle.  “It doesn’t help as much as you would think because they know what I
like and I know what they like,” Kyle said.  “They know what I don’t think is good
that they do and vice versa.  I mean, we have gone against them every day
for four years and we know how to attack each other.  There is no secret
about what we would like to do against each other and it is more what we
are going to do.”

Asked whether the past histories will make this game more of a chess match, Kyle Shanahan said, “No, I don’t think so.  I mean, it is, but I don’t think it is as much of
a chess match, I think it is going to be a pretty simple game.  It is
just going to be our players versus their players and there is not going
to be much more to it schematically.  It is going to be which players do
the best.”

Texans coach Gary Kubiak also downplayed the situation.  “That’s coach talk,” Kubiak said in comments distributed by the Texans.  “The bottom line is we do know each other very well from that standpoint, but our players have got to play.  We’re similar in what we do offensively and totally different defensively in what we do.  There is a lot familiarity from a coaching standpoint, but our players will be the ones that play.”

Though we agree that, in the end, it comes down to the players playing, knowing what the players on the other team may be doing makes it a hell of a lot easier for the players to play.  And the reality here is that the Shanahans and Kubiak need to understand what they all know about each other and devise a game plan aimed at getting the most out of the inside information while also coaching against any perceived tendencies or habits that they have demonstrated to each other over the years.

So, yes, it’s a chess match.  And, yes, there’s an edge to be gained.  The fact that the Shanahans and Kubiak have tried to say there isn’t only highlights the point.

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17 Responses to “As Texans and 'Skins prepare to meet, Shanahans, Kubiak downplay their mutual knowledge”
  1. Buck Stallion says: Sep 16, 2010 6:59 AM

    A whole lot of words here that amount to nothing.

  2. Black QB White RB says: Sep 16, 2010 7:11 AM

    Don’t worry fellas…as long as you beat them f*&^%ing Cowboys last week, the fans will be thrilled all year no matter what happens…the Texans-great win if you can get it, but gravy, really-the next date on the Redskins fan calendar is December 19th….

  3. We need linemen says: Sep 16, 2010 8:11 AM

    “So, yes, it’s a chess match. And, yes, there’s an edge to be gained. The fact that the Shanahans and Kubiak have tried to say there isn’t only highlights the point.”
    Wow, it was kind of pointless you listening to their opinion at all. That is Roethlisberger logic. They say no, so they mean yes, they just can’t admit it.

  4. MagicMan407 says: Sep 16, 2010 8:21 AM

    Well Dallas is one thing, but I dunno about pulling another one off against the Texans this year. They beat the Colts, but if the Redskins do pull it off I think it will turn heads.

  5. bosshog says: Sep 16, 2010 8:38 AM

    Mr. Florio writes:
    “And for the first time a Shanahan-Kubiak contest will include recent turncoat Kyle Shanahan, who hopped from the position of offensive coordinator in Houston to the job of offensive coordinator in Washington.”
    The use of a pejorative term like “turncoat” is not appropriate for what presents itself as a news story. It falls short of the standards of professional journalism. Perhaps this site would do better to more appropriately distinguish between ‘news’ and ‘editorializing’ if its authors persist in inserting their personal value judgements into their writing.
    Further, calling a coach who takes a job with a different team a ‘turncoat’ would make virtually all coaches into turncoats, since nearly every coach in the NFL has moved from one team to another over the course of his career. Was Kubiak a turncoat for leaving Denver to take a job with Houston? Certainly not, and neither is Kyle Shanahan.

  6. Darth Obama says: Sep 16, 2010 8:45 AM

    They both have a strategic advantage which wipes it out. We are gonna handle them again…28-14.
    Lord have mercy when cush returns!

  7. CHIEF ZEE says: Sep 16, 2010 9:02 AM

    I think Florio is definitely compulsive…it comes out in his articles

  8. orakpowned says: Sep 16, 2010 10:00 AM

    I wonder if Brunell could join the Skins for a game, going to need another one of those record setting days now that the real team from Texas comes to town

  9. Nosredna says: Sep 16, 2010 10:14 AM

    This post basically proves what I have been saying for a long time……
    The total lack of football knowledge that CornFlorio shows is at times astounding!

  10. Nosredna says: Sep 16, 2010 11:00 AM

    This post basically proves what I have been saying for a long time……
    The total lack of football knowledge that CornFlorio shows is at times astounding!

  11. Nosredna says: Sep 16, 2010 11:06 AM

    This post basically proves what I have been saying for a long time……
    The total lack of football knowledge that CornFlorio shows is at times astounding!

  12. red4skins says: Sep 16, 2010 11:10 AM

    i’m prairie doggin’

  13. JoeFlaccosUniBrow says: Sep 16, 2010 11:22 AM

    Worst post ever!
    I love you Mike, but really? Really?
    This post is just cannon fodder.

  14. Ocho says: Sep 16, 2010 11:27 AM

    Im not buying either the Texans stock or my Skins stock until wk 10. So both of their “big” victories against division opponents should be taken w/ a grain of salt until they can win consistently…the past few seasons have seen both teams go on hot streaks either too early or too late. Skins win it 21-20.

  15. Bob says: Sep 16, 2010 11:41 AM

    “…past histories”

    As opposed to their future histories.

  16. BigMikeSkinsFan says: Sep 16, 2010 11:52 AM

    turncoat?
    its his father you jackass. how is he betraying kubiak by coaching with his father?

  17. DonnyBoy says: Sep 16, 2010 11:38 PM

    Houston – good game and good luck.
    http://www.totalbeauty.com/content/gallery/p-ugly-guy-cities/p40852/page2

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