While working with your dad might seem to be a dream job, there were parts of it Kyle Shanahan got tired of.
Specifically, the insinuation that he didn’t deserve the offensive coordinator post on his father’s Redskins staff.
“I’m looking forward to it,” the new Browns offensive coordinator said Thursday, via Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. “I think it’s gonna be nice when I hear the head coach’s last name and ‘S’ isn’t always tagged to the end of it – the Shanahans. So I’m looking forward to that part. But I’ve worked a lot of years in the NFL. I started out my career away from my dad. That was always a goal of mine, to prove myself before I ever coached with my dad, . . . I thought that I had proved myself. And it was something I always wanted to do in my life — I wanted to coach with my dad at one time. I enjoyed it. We went through some ups and downs, but it’s something I wouldn’t take back for anything.
“Excited to move on and be done with that part of my life, but I think it made me better, and it’s something I’m glad that I did.”
Shanahan had worked on staffs beyond his father Mike’s, but generally with people who were out of the same coaching lineage, such as his time under his dad’s old lieutenant Gary Kubiak in Houston.
Now that he’s coordinator in Cleveland, Kyle will have a chance to show just how good at his job he truly is — or isn’t.