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Friday, July 19, 2019

Articles tagged: Mike Shanahan

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

Kyle Shanahan 49ers

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.

Robert Griffin III fires back at Santana Moss over Mike Shanahan comments

Robert Griffin

Former Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss said in a radio interview this week that Robert Griffin III went around bragging about being the reason Mike Shanahan got fired, and RG3 wasted no time firing back.

On Tuesday morning, Griffin addressed Moss’s comments on Twitter and said his former teammate “openly” lied.

RG3 then tried to tell his side of the story:

It was common knowledge that Griffin’s relationship with Shanahan ended on a sour note, and Moss said he believes Shanahan was robbed of what could have been some more good years with the Redskins. The ex-receiver claimed Griffin essentially went around gloating that Shanahan got fired because he chose to bench RG3, which is likely the part that angered Griffin. You can read more of what Moss had to say here.

Moss hinted that the way Griffin handled Shanahan’s firing was one of the reasons Jay Gruden was so hard on the quarterback. He also implied that it could be part of the reason why RG3 remains a free agent. This isn’t the first we have heard about Griffin acting smug over the influence he had with the Redskins.

Santana Moss: RG3 bragging about Mike Shanahan firing was ‘dumbest mistake’

Robert Griffin

Santana Moss had a front row seat to all of the drama that unfolded with the Washington Redskins involving Mike Shanahan and Robert Griffin III several years ago, and the former wide receiver recently hinted that he believes the way RG3 handled himself is part of the reason he remains a free agent.

In an interview with Chad Dukes of 106.7 The Fan, Moss said he felt Shanahan was “robbed of having more years” to coach in Washington. He recalled how Shanahan and Griffin could not see eye-to-eye, and the franchise eventually chose the quarterback over the coach.

“Before you know it, RG’s not playing (after Shanahan benched him for the final three games of 2013),” Moss explained, as transcribed by Chris Lingebach of CBS Washington. “I’m not sure if that was his whole plan, but when the whole thing went about, we hear that Mike Shanahan’s not coming back the next year, then we hear the quarterback like, ‘Hey. Mm hmm.’ … Like, basically saying that you got me out of here not playing last year, the last few games, then that’s what happens. You get fired.

“You can’t do that,” Moss said. “One thing I’ll just share with you: God don’t like ugly. So the little credit that (Griffin) did take for saying that, ‘Hey, they didn’t like what I was doing,’ or ‘they benched me and not allowing me to play,’ that’s what happens.”

Essentially, Moss was saying that Griffin danced on Shanahan’s grave. He believes word got around about that, and he hinted that it was one of the reasons Jay Gruden was so hard on RG3 when Gruden was hired by the Redskins.

“So 2014 comes, and Jay Gruden comes in, and he don’t care,” Moss added. “We see that now. He doesn’t care. He doesn’t care what he says about you, he doesn’t care what he says at you. And he rips RG every chance he gets, like every meeting, and we’re sitting there looking like, ‘Yeah. You know what? You were just so happy that Mike and Kyle and them is gone, but now you’re getting your behind ripped every day, because you’re not playing the kind of football that we need to play for us to be successful.’

“I was saying to myself that, as much as I love you as a person, bro, as much as I know from how you came into these doors, that was the dumbest mistake you could ever make in this league. Because it’s one of those brotherhoods.”

None of what Moss said is really a shock. When Griffin told reporters after a loss in 2013 that the Redskins were “outcoached,” Moss came down hard on RG3. We also heard reports that Griffin bragged about the influence he had over Washington owner Dan Snyder.

Does all of that have anything to do with why Griffin doesn’t have a job? At the very least, it probably doesn’t help.