As seven NFL head coaches lost their jobs by Monday afternoon, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan implied offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, his son, wouldn’t agree to any interview requests until after Washington’s playoff run ends.
“At least my opinion, at least this is my feeling when I was an assistant, it’s not time to interview during the season,” Mike Shanahan said. “It’s time to concentrate on your job. After the season is over with, I think there’s plenty of time for all those things. That’s my gut feeling.
“You’ve got a job to do, and you should do that first. But after the season is over, if somebody wants to interview him or something along those lines, I think it’s great opportunities for assistant coaches to interview for head coaching jobs.”
Kyle Shanahan, 33, designed and called plays this season for the NFL’s top-ranked offense. The Redskins, buoyed by the addition of playmakers such as rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, rookie running back Alfred Morris and receivers Pierre Garcon and Joshua Morgan, averaged a league-best 6.17 yards per play. Last season, the Redskins ranked 20th with 5.22 yards per play.
Kyle spearheaded the addition of the pistol formation, the quarterback zone-read option and the triple option, among other new wrinkles, to the Redskins’ offense this season.
Kyle – or any other Redskins assistant, for that matter – is ineligible to interview for a head coaching job until after the Wild Card round of the playoffs concludes on Jan. 6.
If the Redskins defeat Seattle in their Wild Card round game on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at FedEx Field, any Redskins assistant would be eligible to interview for a head coaching job between the conclusion of the Wild Card round and the conclusion of the Divisional round on Jan. 13, according to the league.
If Washington lost to Seattle, assistants would be free to interview because the Redskins’ season would be over.
Arizona, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Kansas City, Philadelphia and San Diego fired their coaches this year, solidifying the Black Monday moniker given to the day after the regular season.