Kyle Shanahan interviews for Dolphins offensive coordinator job
Former Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is now eyeing a job under Dolphins coach Joe Philbin.
When the Redskins fired Mike Shanahan on Black Monday, it made sense that his assistant coaches, especially if they happened to be related to him, also would no longer have jobs in Washington. Thus, the controversial Kyle Shanahan, formerly the Redskins offensive coordinator who either was being praised for the offense set up for Robert Griffin III in 2012 or was being bashed for the sense of nepotism that he probably would never escape while he worked for his dad, had been fired as well.
But that doesn't mean Kyle Shanahan isn't potentially in demand for another offensive coordinator job. Thus, this tweet Friday afternoon wasn't necessarily a huge surprise.
The following candidates have interviewed for the open Offensive Coordinator position: Bill Lazor and Kyle Shanahan.— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) January 10, 2014
That Dolphins position is open because coach Joe Philbin fired Mike Sherman, even though Philbin apparently wasn't absolutely on board with owner Stephen Ross' determination that the team needed a new offensive coordinator.
Either way, Shanahan and Lazor, currently the Eagles quarterbacks coach, now have a chance to head an offense that finished the 2013 season ranked 27th in yards gained and 26th in points scored but has what we think is a franchise quarterback in Ryan Tannehill and some talented receivers.
There were reports earlier in the week that fired Texans coach Gary Kubiak could be a candidate for that Dolphins job -- which would be an interesting twist of fate, since Shanahan was Kubiak's offensive coordinator in Houston before he went to Washington.
While Shanahan had plenty of success in 2012 with Griffin, the 2013 season was a debacle. Though the offense wasn't the team's biggest problem -- in fact, the Redskins offense was ranked ninth in the league (but only 23rd in scoring) -- the regression of Griffin was worrisome.
(Of course, much of that can be blamed on the theory that Griffin wasn't 100 percent healthy, which then can be blamed on Mike Shanahan's foolhardy decision to continue playing an obviously-injured Griffin in the team's 2012 playoff loss to Seattle, leading Griffin to tearing up his knee).
Plus, there was the sense that Shanahan didn't endear himself to others at Redskins headquarters, and CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora recently wrote that Kyle Shanahan had been granted virtual autonomy to run the team.
As La Canfora wrote about a month ago:
As a former member of the organization put it: “Kyle bitches about everything, and then his father has to fix it. He bitches about the food in the cafeteria, he bitches about the field, he bitches about the equipment. He complains and then Mike takes care of it. Kyle is a big problem there. He is not well liked.”
Several members of the organization said Kyle Shanahan was a cause of internal strife, surrounding himself with young coaches with inferior experience, and allowing for no checks and balances of outside voices in the offensive coaching rooms.
“This is the NFL, it's not supposed to be a training ground for coaches,” said someone who has worked with Kyle Shanahan in Washington. “It's ridiculous. Look at this staff. It sucks. ... Kyle's not that confident, so they set him up with a bunch of yes men rather than have some experienced coaches to push him. It's like Kyle is the pied piper and these kids just follow him around."
There were reports that Shanahan toward the end of the season wanted to set out on his path, away from his father and all the criticism that came with that. Getting a job in Miami certainly would help in that regard.
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