There’s plenty of talk, and rightfully so, that Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan should receive consideration to become a head coach in the looming hiring cycle.
But we’re reminded of a rumor that was making the rounds when Shanahan and Son arrived three years ago in Washington. As the chatter went, Mike would hold the job for an undetermined number of years, try to win another Super Bowl, and eventually hand the reins to Kyle.
Through the first two years of the Shanahan regime, it looked like Mike wouldn’t have the luxury of leaving on his own terms. Now, with the quarterback position solved for years into the future, a baton-passing becomes the ideal outcome for the franchise.
The smart move for Daniel Snyder, then, would be to ink the younger Shanahan to a long-term extension that pays him like an entry-level head coach and promises him the job when Mike decides to call it quits. (Right or wrong, such an arrangement permissibly circumvents the requirements of the Rooney Rule, which requires at least one minority candidate to be interviewed for every head-coaching vacancy.)
It could be that, in the end, Kyle prefers to stay with the Redskins. But entertaining other opportunities may be the best way to get Snyder to step up and ensure that Mike and Kyle will remain together for now, and that Kyle will continue with the franchise thereafter.