Kyle Shanahan has served as offensive coordinator of the Redskins
for the last four years under his father. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Kyle Shanahan wants out, apparently.
The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that Shanahan, currently Washington's offensive coordinator, has "decided it is no longer worth it to work with his father" -- that would be Mike Shanahan, the Redskins' head coach. Rapoport added that Kyle Shanahan will try to venture out on his own path after four seasons in his current role.
This latest look into Washington's implosion came shortly after CBS' Jason La Canfora reported that many within the organization actually pin much of the blame for this 3-10 season on Kyle Shanahan's relationships with Mike Shanahan and Robert Griffin III.
Conversations with several people within the organization have revealed a similar perception of Kyle Shanahan as someone who was empowered and enabled by his father, spending an abundance of time in his father's office, given a wide swath of power, and rubbing many people -- players, fellow coaches and members of football operations -- the wrong way. ...
“Kyle is the head coach, it's just that no one knows he is,” said one member of the organization. “He gets whatever he wants. And he has no relationship at all with (quarterback Robert Griffin II). So how could it work?”
Just about everything that could have gone wrong for Washington this season has, up to and including Mike Shanahan's decision to shut down Griffin for the remainder of the season -- a move pitched as trying to preserve the young QB's health. In reality, that explanation may be an excuse, allowing Shanahan to plug Kirk Cousins into the lineup for three starts.
Shanahan said Friday that he believes Cousins could play well enough down the stretch to garner a first-round pick in an offseason trade.
Whether or not Shanahan will be presiding over the team by the time the upcoming offseason arrives remains to be seen. It's felt inevitable for some time now that Washington owner Daniel Snyder would head in another direction, but the team's reluctance to make a move to this point could indicate otherwise.
But regardless of Mike Shanahan's future in the nation's capital, his son's days with the Redskins are numbered -- either by his choice or Snyder's.