The Washington Times - December 12, 2013, 06:19PM

Kyle Shanahan understood his decisions and legacy as a coach would be forever intertwined with that of his father, Mike Shanahan, when he accepted a job to become the Washington Redskins’ offensive coordinator prior to the 2010 season.

The departure of Mike Shanahan, the Redskins’ coach, following this season seems increasingly inevitable, and Kyle Shanahan’s future in the league seems to be tangentially uncertain.

“I’d be lying to you if I said it was the same as any other situation,” Kyle Shanahan said Thursday. “If we were going through turmoil in Houston or anything like that, or Tampa Bay, I definitely didn’t feel it as much as I do here.”

After ending his playing career at the University of Texas in 2002, Kyle Shanahan spent a year as a graduate assistant at UCLA in 2003 before becoming an offensive quality control coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2004 and 2005. He then moved on to the Houston Texans in 2006, first as the wide receivers coach before becoming the quarterbacks coach and then the offensive coordinator in 2008 and 2009.

“I do get when people talk about the Redskins, they always put an S on the last name – the Shanahans,” Kyle Shanahan said. “I can’t help that. I get that’s part of it. I understood that it would be like that when I came here … [but] I wanted to coach someday with my dad. That was a decision that if I never would’ve done, I think I regret someday whenever my life or his life’s over.”

The Redskins’ offense has gradually improved during Kyle Shanahan’s tenure, from 18th to 16th to fifth over the last three seasons. They rank ninth entering Sundays’ game against the Atlanta Falcons as the result of a variety of offensive struggles, some of which tie to the decision announced Wednesday to bench starting quarterback Robert Griffin III for the final three game and turn to backup Kirk Cousins.

That progress over the years, Kyle Shanahan said, should help him obtain a new job after the season or at any point in the future.

“I don’t think the people who will dictate my future and give me job offers and stuff like that are going to go off what talk shows say or what articles say,” he said. “I think they’re going to go off of what I put on tape and what I’ve done in my career.”