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Report: Kyle Shanahan has decided to stop working with his dad

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Earlier this week, Washington offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan defended his decision to join forces with his father after Mike Shanahan became head coach of the Redskins.

Kyle reportedly has made a new decision.  To move on.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that Kyle Shanahan has decided to no longer work with his father, and that Kyle will embark “on his own path” next year.

Lost in that assessment is the fact that the decision may not rest with Kyle.  If he’s under contract beyond 2013, owner Daniel Snyder could insist on keeping him around.  Which would be yet another move in the ongoing game of chess/checkers/chicken between Daniel Snyder and Mike Shanahan.

Regardless, Kyle never should have gone to Washington in the first place.  While it’s great when fathers and sons can work together, it makes a lot more sense when the father owns the business.  When the father is an employee, hiring the son creates a potential mess.

The mess becomes even more complicated when, as Jason La Canfora of NFL Network points out, the father also hires a bunch of the son’s friends — and people in the organization start complaining about the son.

Mike has, in our view, spent a lot of effort this week and previously to insulate Kyle from scrutiny or criticism for the situation in Washington.  While Kyle may get a shot to be an offensive coordinator elsewhere, his head-coaching prospects have taken a hit during his four years of working with his father.

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19 Responses to “Report: Kyle Shanahan has decided to stop working with his dad”
  1. rickastleydancemoves says: Dec 15, 2013 2:06 PM

    Welp, blatant nepotism never ends well.

  2. crabcakesfootball says: Dec 15, 2013 2:09 PM

    Who are the ad wizards who came up with this one!!!!!

  3. logicalvoicesays says: Dec 15, 2013 2:10 PM

    Respect your Elders Kyle. Touchdown Kirk Cousins to Garcon!!! #HTTR

  4. jxegh says: Dec 15, 2013 2:10 PM

    Maybe next year he can be an assistant coach for my son’s 8 and under Pop Warner team. Well, maybe not…..

  5. djohnson757 says: Dec 15, 2013 2:12 PM

    Good riddance!

  6. thepftpoet says: Dec 15, 2013 2:13 PM

    The Minnesota Vikings impending dynasty will hit the NFL by storm, but don’t say you didn’t hear it here first.

    Talent wise, we have the best team in the NFL and arguably one of the best teams of all time (other than QB).

    Once we draft our franchise QB (and we will) multiple superbowls will be coming to Minneapolis. They are setting themselves up to dominate the NFC for the decade.

    Every team will start trying to emulate the Vikings in every way.
    Every fan will be jealous of Vikings nation.
    Every owner will be jealous they don’t own a historic future dynasty team like the Vikings.
    Every coach will fear traveling to Minneapolis to face the best team to ever play.
    Every other teams players wish they’d have been drafted by the superior Vikings roster.
    Every GM will wish they had the drafting smarts that Rick Spielman has.

  7. wishingtonredslur says: Dec 15, 2013 2:14 PM

    Nepotism. If somebody other than Dad wanted him they would have made a play.

  8. Ferdinand says: Dec 15, 2013 2:16 PM

    I was wondering why he suddenly decided to come out of the shadows. Too bad for him he isn’t thought of as someone with much skill but as someone lucky to have a father who once did have some.

    If he is lucky, he might get a position coach job somewhere, but he’s not going to be a coordinator for anyone except some owner known to have extraordinary bad judgment, like a Jerry Jones.

  9. butchhickory says: Dec 15, 2013 2:19 PM

    Kyle isn’t alone, looks like everybody stopped working for his dad.

  10. pacificnw7722 says: Dec 15, 2013 2:21 PM

    Son of Shanahan takin’ a stand…..nice!

  11. jcmeyer10 says: Dec 15, 2013 2:28 PM

    Skins: “You’re fired”

    Shanahan: “I quit”

    Same difference.

  12. pooflingingmonkey says: Dec 15, 2013 2:30 PM

    But only because his Dad told him to.

  13. 6ball says: Dec 15, 2013 2:32 PM


    The media got wise to the Shanahan antics and Kyle is in full damage control.

    In hell Kyle is your offensive coordinator. Mangini handles the D.


  14. pnut87 says: Dec 15, 2013 2:34 PM

    This just HAS to be the only local game on right now, doesn’t it? How about a local flex game rule after about week 12? I don’t want to watch this garbage.

  15. proudliberal85392 says: Dec 15, 2013 2:38 PM

    Wonder if anybody other than old Dad will hire him?

  16. thecatalinawinemixer says: Dec 15, 2013 3:21 PM

    Doesn’t Jason LaCanfora work for CBS, not NFL Network?

  17. westcoastdan says: Dec 15, 2013 5:40 PM

    Good Riddance… Please take Jim Haslett with you!

  18. jimatmad says: Dec 15, 2013 5:40 PM

    I tried to hire my kid. He had the good sense to turn me down.

    I love the guy, and working together might have jeopardized that.

  19. cri33 says: Dec 17, 2013 12:34 PM

    Well something had to change and it looks like we have the first one.

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