- The Washington Times - Monday, December 31, 2012

As seven NFL head coaches lost their jobs Monday, Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan implied offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, his son, wouldn’t agree to 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.” 

Kyle Shanahan, 33, designed and called plays this season for one of the NFL’s top offenses. 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 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 concludes Jan. 6.

If the Redskins defeat Seattle in their wild-card game 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 Jan. 13, according to the league.

If Washington loses to Seattle, assistants would be free to interview because the Redskins‘ season would be over.

“You’ve got a job to do, and you should do that first,” Mike Shanahan said. “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.”

Playoff tickets sold out

Tickets for the Redskins‘ playoff opener against the Seattle Seahawks are sold out, the team announced Monday.

Season-ticket holders had until late last week to register for tickets in the event the Redskins captured the NFC East and hosted a game at FedEx Field.

When that happened Sunday night, the team made tickets available at the stadium.

It didn’t take long for inventory to go. But, “in the event there are player or visitor team ticket returns, fans are encouraged to check with Ticketmaster for availability,” the team said.

Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Parking lots will open at 11:30 a.m. and stadium gates at 1:30 p.m.

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