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Once upon a time, Sean McVay, Kyle Shanahan, and Matt LaFleur were working together on the same coaching staff -- long before the three young minds were taking their teams deep into the NFL playoffs nearly every year. McVay, Shanahan, and LaFleur -- head coaches for the Rams, 49ers and Packers -- were assistant coaches on Mike Shanahan's staff back in 2013 with the now Washington Commanders. That number has now grown to four, as the Dolphins announced Sunday that they are hiring Mike McDaniel as their new head coach.

The 2013 Washington team finished 3-13, despite that collection of talent on the coaching staff, in what was Mike Shanahan's final season as a head coach in the NFL. Kyle Shanahan was the offensive coordinator of the team while LaFleur coached the quarterbacks, McDaniel coached the wide receivers and McVay coached the tight ends. Shanahan and LaFleur were both 34 at the time while McDaniel was 30 and McVay was 27. 

After that 2013 season, Jay Gruden was hired as head coach and promoted McVay to offensive coordinator. LaFleur moved on to become the offensive coordinator for Notre Dame while Shanahan became the offensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns, bringing McDaniel with him as his wide receivers coach.

Shanahan, LaFleur and McDaniel all reunited with the Atlanta Falcons in 2015 (Shanahan as the offensive coordinator, LaFleur as the quarterbacks coach and McDaniel as an offensive assistant), helping Atlanta advance to Super Bowl LI in the 2016 season. 

When McVay was hired by the Los Angeles Rams as the head coach in 2017, he brought LaFleur with him as the offensive coordinator. LaFleur spent a year as the Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator in 2018 before being hired as head coach of the Green Bay Packers in 2019. 

LaFleur, Shanahan, and McVay are a combined 133-78 as head coaches, with McVay leading the Rams to Super Bowl LIII and Super Bowl LVI and Shanahan taking the 49ers to Super Bowl LIV. LaFleur has taken the Packers to two NFC Championship Games in his first three seasons. 

Gruden was 35-49-1 in his six years with Washington, winning one NFC East title and only making one playoff appearance (losing the playoff game). 

What could have been in Washington? We'll never know, but the Rams, Packers, 49ers and now Dolphins are certainly glad the four coaches that team had in 2013 moved on.