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Meet Kyle Shanahan

Posted: September 14, 2010 in Redskins, Sports

Kyle Shanahan, son of legendary head coach Mike Shanahan is primed to take the woeful Redskins’ offense to new levels this season.  Shanahan was named the teams offensive coordinator January 20th 2010, joining his father, Mike, on the new look coaching staff in Washington.

As you can already imagine, Kyle comes to the Redskins with a strong football background.  Shanahan was a wide receiver at Duke University in 1999, and transferred to the University of Texas the following year.  Shanahan got his first NFL coaching job under current Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen in 2004 as the Buccaneers offensive quality control coach.  In two seasons with the Bucs, he helped receivers Joey Galloway and Michael Clayton assert themselves in the NFL.  This might answer several questions regrading why Joey Galloway is listed as the Redskins current starting wide out.  While in Tampa Bay with both Bruce Allen and Kyle Shanahan, Galloway produced the most productive season of his career, finishing with 1,287 yards and 10 touchdowns.  Galloway finished 7th in receiving yards that season.

Michael Clayton is an interesting story,  Clayton was drafted 15th overall out of LSU in the 2004 NFL draft and instantly stole the heart of GM Bruce Allen.  In Clayton’s rookie season, he set franchise rookie records in both receptions (80) and touchdowns (7).  He also finished the season with 1,193 yards, seeing action in all 16 games.  Michael Clayton was released by the Buccaneers this past off season.  Clayton has yet to play in a complete season, since finishing his rookie campaign, due to injures, yet Allen and the Bucs hung on to the 27 year old, 6-5, 215lbs receiver because they loved his size, skill set and potential.   I would not be at all surprised if the Redskins bring Clayton in for a look during the 2010 season.  The team is in need of a play making receiver to complement Santana Moss.

Now, back to Shanahan, for the past four seasons, Shanahan has been a part of the Texans’ coaching staff, starting out as receivers coach, working his way up to offensive coordinator.  While with the Texans, Shanahan helped All-Pro wide receiver Andre Johnson establish himself as one of the league’s best.  In the two seasons Shanahan spent as offensive coordinator, Johnson has appeared in two straight pro bowls.  Joining Johnson in the pro bowl were fellow Texans tight end Owen Daniels in 2008 and quarterback Matt Schaub in 2009.  In 2008 the Texans set a then franchise record 6,613 total yards, good enough for 3rd overall in the NFL.  That same season the Texans also set a franchise rushing record with 1,846 rushing yards, lead buy offensive rookie rushing leader Steve Slaton, who ran for a franchise record 1,282 yards, proving that Shanahan can run a well balanced offense.

In my Redskins’ season preview I broke down both Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson’s statistics and how they lead the best passing offense in the NFL under Kyle Shanahan.  It will be interesting to see how this all transitions here in Washington, with the likes of Donovan McNabb, Clinton Portis, Santana Moss, Chris Cooley, Joey Galloway and Fred Davis.   After watching Sunday night’s game against the Cowboys, it appears the team still has a lot of work to do under Shanahan if they want to replicate the same success he had while coaching in Houston.  It will be fun to see how the Redskins do against his former team this upcoming Sunday.