Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is ready to leave the nest.
Shanahan has worked under his dad, Mike, since 2010, but according to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport, the son wants to separate from his father and work for another coach next season.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 15, 2013
Kyle Shanahan may be on his way out, and it does not appear everyone within the organization will be sad to see him leave.
CBS Sports reporter Jason La Canfora spoke to a former member of the organization, and that person detailed some of the dysfunction which allegedly occurred was because of the offensive coordinator. One of the complaints against Kyle Shanahan was his trend of hiring friends with limited coaching experience, and La Canfora's source gave a few examples.
“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,” the source told La Canfora. “It's like Kyle is the pied piper and these kids just follow him around. I mean, Mike has been a head coach for 20 years -- usually a guy like that has a posse he can bring with him. So he's got Bobby Turner [running backs coach] here, and Slowik, and that's it. How does that happen? How does he end up hiring all of his son's buddies?
“What Mike has allowed to happen there, with that staff, there is no excuse for. There are guys on that staff who are just not qualified, and it shows up. Have you seen the quarterback develop? Look at [defensive ends Brian] Orakpo and [Ryan] Kerrigan? Are they progressing or regressing? Are you seeing the offensive lineman they drafted making it to the field?' How many players are getting the kind of NFL coaching you'd expect on that staff?”
La Canfora noted quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur worked with Kyle Shanahan in Houston and had only two years of experience as an “offensive assistant” with the Texans prior to becoming the Washington’s quarterback coach. In addition, receivers coach Mike McDaniel was a lower-level assistant on the Texans staff before coming to Washington, while tight ends coach Sean McVay's only prior NFL experience to joining Washington came in 2008 as an offensive assistant in Tampa.
Kyle Shanahan was also criticized for alienating people within the organization for allegedly having a bad attitude.
“Kyle knows ball, but he is just so petty and he picks fights and holds grudges over small stuff,” the source told La Canfora. “He's a mountain out of a molehill guy, and he's got entitlement syndrome. That's why we ended up hiring all of his close friends and buddies, so no one can challenge him. But it makes you worse in the long run, because there is no accountability. Ultimately, it's his father's fault for pacifying his son.”
There seems be to a disconnect between father and son, too.
Mike Shanahan decided to bench quarterback Robert Griffin III prior to Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons. The coach was heavily questioned by NFL observers for that decision, and even his son disagreed with this move.
“You play your starting quarterback, that’s been Robert,” Kyle Shanahan told reporters on Thursday. “I’m pretty disappointed we don’t get to play with him. But it is what it is, and I’m gonna deal with the cards I’ve been dealt.”
Washington is enduring a disappointing year after advancing to the playoffs last season, and it appears father and son will be looking for a new employer next season.
Kyle is seemingly ready for that change to occur.
The same can be said for some members of Washington's organization.
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