What if UNF had a football program...

Kyle Shanahan

Offensive Coordinator - Washington Redskins


Kyle Shanahan is the son of one of the most successful and respected coaches in the NFL. Lineage normally isn't a deciding factor when it comes to athletics...but it's different when it comes to coaching.


Coaching is all mental. One needs no athletic ability to do the job effectively. If athletic prowess were a necessity for coaching success, Rex Ryan would be in some serious trouble.


Point? Michael Jordan can teach his boys only so much. He can't teach them to hang in the air as if the rules of gravity doesn't apply to them. Whereas, Mike Shanahan can teach his son tricks, secrets, and strategy to help him acheive his best.


"I studied every potential X's and O's play and issue possible. I spent my whole life working on that. My goal was that any question a player could have about anything on the field, I'd be able to answer it," said Kyle Shanahan about his preparedness.


Shanahan now has full control of the offensive reigns for the Redskins. Whether he's a bonafide success or not this year, the experience that he's gaining as O.C. will be invaluable as the head man.


His experience with the Texans and the Redskins will translate into respect by the players, yet he's young enough that he'll have no problem relating to them also. "There's more to it. I'm learning that now. You have to communicate with your guys. The guys have to feel comfortable with you. They have to trust you, or they'll tune you out."


He'll use the UNF position as an eventual stepping stone back to the NFL (head coach), but the time spent with UNF will leave the program better off.


Kyle Shanahan's Bio:

Before coming to Washington, Shanahan spent the previous four seasons with the Houston Texans, the final two as the team’s offensive coordinator.

Under Shanahan’s direction, the 2009 Texans led the NFL in passing yards (4,654) and ranked fourth in total offense (6,129 yards), both of which were franchise records. The Texans also set a franchise high with 29 touchdown passes.

With Shanahan calling the plays, quarterback Matt Schaub and wide receiver Andre Johnson formed one of the league’s most dangerous tandems, with Schaub leading the NFL in completions (396), attempts (583), and passing yards (4,776) and Johnson ranking first in receiving yards (1,569) and third in receptions (101). Both Schaub and Johnson were selected for the 2010 Pro Bowl.

Shanahan coached the Texans’ wide receivers in 2006 and the quarterbacks in 2007 before being named offensive coordinator on January 11, 2008.

In Shanahan’s first year as a coordinator, the offense ranked third in the NFL, gaining a then-franchise record 6,113 yards and pass¬ing for a then-franchise record 4,267 yards. The offense was equally adept on the ground, running for 1,846 yards at a team-record 4.3-yard clip.

Shanahan helped a pair of players earn Pro Bowl nods in 2008, with wide receiver Andre Johnson making his third career trip and tight end Owen Daniels making his first after posting career highs in receptions (70) and receiving yards (862). Johnson also garnered first-team AP All-Pro honors after he led the NFL in receptions, with 115, and receiving yards, with 1,575. Running back Steve Slaton won the rookie rushing title with a franchise-record 1,282 yards.


With Shanahan as his position coach in 2006, Johnson earned a starting nod in the 2007 Pro Bowl. Johnson led the NFL with 103 receptions and had his second 1,000-yard season with 1,147 yards. Johnson’s 103 catches accounted for 31.3 percent of the Texans’ total comple¬tions, more than any receiver in the league. Opposite Johnson, veteran Eric Moulds contributed 57 catches for 557 yards and a score.

Source: http://www.redskins.com/gen/coaches/Kyle_Shanahan.jsp

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