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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Articles tagged: Mike Shanahan

Kyle Shanahan gives game ball from win over Redskins to father Mike

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The Shanahan family definitely has some lingering hard feelings against the Washington Redskins organization, if their actions after Sunday’s win are any indication.

In an ugly, rain-soaked game, the San Francisco 49ers managed to beat the Redskins 9-0 on Sunday. After that win, coach Kyle Shanahan shared the game ball with his father, Mike, who was fired by Washington in 2013.

Dan Snyder is not exactly a popular guy, and both Shanahans may well feel they got a raw deal in Washington. Many would disagree — a lot of fans blame Mike Shanahan for the fact that Robert Griffin III was hit by injuries and never the same — but they would feel otherwise.

Want another indication that the Shanahans are a bit chilly toward the Redskins franchise? All you have to do is check out what Kyle said about working for them and you’ll get the idea.

Mike Shanahan was ‘close’ to return as Broncos head coach

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Mike Shanahan says he was “close” to returning as the Denver Broncos’ head coach.

Shanahan, 66, coached the Broncos from 1995-2008. He led the team to two Super Bowl wins, both coming with John Elway as his quarterback, but was fired after the 2008 season.

Elway, who is in his ninth season as the Broncos’ general manager, spoke with Shanahan after the 2017 season about a potential return to Denver. That news was reported nearly two years ago.

On Saturday, Shanahan shared that he was “close” to becoming the team’s head coach.

“I was close, I was close,” Shanahan said from a joint practice between the Broncos and 49ers on Saturday, via ESPN’s Jeff Legwold. “One thing that has to happen is you all have to be on the same page. One thing you’ve got to make sure of when you are a head football coach that the owner, the GM, the quarterback are all on the same page. And if it doesn’t happen the chances of you winning the Super Bowl aren’t very good. … I had a great conversation with John as everybody knows, it didn’t work out, sometimes it works out for the right reasons.”

There are questions about whether or not Broncos ownership and/or CEO Joe Ellis were on board with Shanahan’s return. Someone along the way must have said no.

Elway opted to stick with Vance Joseph as his head coach for the 2018 season. Joseph was fired after going 6-10 and 11-21 over his two seasons.

Shanahan had previously said he was not looking for a head coaching job, but maybe the circumstances of Elway reaching out and wanting to bring him back to Denver appealed to the Super Bowl-winning coach. Shanahan’s son Kyle is the head coach of the 49ers.

Jimmy Garoppolo got private tutoring with Mike Shanahan while injured

Jimmy Garoppolo

Jimmy Garoppolo got a pretty good quarterback tutor after his season was ended by a knee injury. San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan was busy with the game-to-game preparation of the season while Garoppolo rehabbed and recovered, so he enlisted the help of someone he knew could work with Garoppolo: his father, Mike Shanahan.

Garoppolo talked to NBC Sports Bay Area about that experience. After he was physically recovered enough, he began working with the elder Shanahan in December.

“Literally, everything,” Garoppolo said, via NBC Bay Area. “We watched our offense, our defense, other teams, teams that played two years ago that he thought a clip could help me. It’s applicable in different ways. He’s so smart that it was incredible to have that experience and I thank him a lot for that.”

Kyle Shanahan, meanwhile, said it was good for both parties because it allowed his dad to talk football amidst the holiday festivities and family times.

Garoppolo is very much entering a pivotal year in his career. He got the big contract last year. But between being injured in New England, getting traded mid-season in 2017, and getting hurt early in 2018, he has not gotten many game reps. We’ve seen how productive Kyle Shanahan’s offense can be for quarterbacks as Nick Mullens put up pretty good numbers last season. If Garoppolo is still able to mature by working with one the game’s best at developing quarterbacks, even during a lost injury year, he could be in for big things next season.

Mike Shanahan backs Kirk Cousins to be successful with Vikings

Kirk Cousins

Mike Shanahan coached Kirk Cousins when he was a young quarterback with the Washington Redskins, so he knows something about the current Minnesota Viking.

Shanahan firmly believes that Cousins, with new Minnesota assistant Gary Kubiak helping him, will prove to be the right quarterback for the Vikings despite a middling first season there.

“Both guys are very easy to work with, both are extremely bright, have great work ethics and I think both will work together perfectly,” Shanahan said, via Sid Hartman of the Star Tribune. “You have the right [quarterback] there. Not everybody can see that, but hopefully when they get him a supporting cast, people will see that.”

Cousins threw for 4,298 yards and 30 touchdowns for Minnesota last season, but the offense didn’t move as freely as many expected it to despite those numbers. It even led to the late-season firing of their offensive coordinator. Cousins can clearly put up the numbers, but he has to do more in terms of helping his team win.

John Elway, Mike Shanahan reportedly met about Broncos’ coaching job

John Elway

Broncos head coach Vance Joseph remains on the hot seat after his team lost to the Browns over the weekend, and John Elway apparently considered replacing him last offseason with a Denver franchise icon.

According to Woody Paige of the Colorado Spring Gazette, Elway secretly met with former Broncos head coach — and his own former coach — Mike Shanahan after last season. The two discussed the possibility of Shanahan returning to the place where he coached from 1995-2008 and won two Super Bowls, but ultimately the Broncos did not want to go in that direction.

As Ian Rapoport of NFL Media notes, Broncos CEO Joe Ellis told Elway he would need to conduct a genuine coaching search if he fired Joseph and was not open to the idea of bringing Shanahan back.

Elway, of course, decided to give Joseph another shot, but Denver was officially eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday and will probably begin searching after the season. It’s unclear if Shanahan would even be interested in coaching again given what his son Kyle recently said, as the 66-year-old has not coached since 2013 when he was with the Washington Redskins.

Kyle Shanahan responds to rumors linking father Mike to Packers job

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The Green Bay Packers have arguably one of the most enticing head coaching vacancies we have seen in the NFL in decades, but would the opportunity to coach Aaron Rodgers be enough to convince the legendary Mike Shanahan to come out of retirement?

His son doesn’t think so.

Shanahan is one of many high-profile names that have been mentioned as possible Mike McCarthy replacements. When asked on Thursday if he thinks his father would be interested in the job, San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan expressed some doubt.

The elder Shanahan is now 66 and has not coached in the NFL since he was with Washington in 2013. While the idea of an offensive-minded coach who has won three Super Bowls working with Rodgers might make for a great storyline, it seems unlikely that either side would be interested.

For what it’s worth, Shanahan did interview for one NFL head coaching vacancy a few years back. But when you’re 66 and haven’t coached since 2013, three years is a long time. Rodgers might be better off working with a young, fresh mind.

Robert Griffin III: I was put in ‘impossible situation, Mike Shanahan didn’t want me

Robert Griffin

Robert Griffin III has not said much publicly in recent months, but a radio interview featuring one of his former teammates has inspired the free agent quarterback to come out swinging.

Santana Moss, who was a wide receiver with the Washington Redskins when Griffin was still there, told Chad Dukes of 106.7 The Fan that RG3 had a “that’s what you get” attitude after Mike Shanahan — who had benched Griffin — was fired. Griffin fired back by calling Moss a liar, and he later sent some tweets saying he was put in an “impossible situation” with Shanahan.

No one is going to dispute that Griffin and Shanahan never got along, though there has been plenty of debate over who was at fault for their relationship failing. In reality, both shared some of the blame. Still, Moss’s remarks aren’t the first ones we have heard about RG3 thinking he was above the coaching staff when he was with the Redskins.