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Then there’s the connection between father and son. Kyle Shanahan finished his second season as the Houston Texans’ offensive coordinator in 2009 when he decided to join his father in Washington. It was a calculated risk by both men at the time – after all, any success or failure would immediately be pinned on their relationship – but it was one that Kyle Shanahan has maintained was worth it.

“It’s been a great experience to be with him,” Kyle Shanahan said. “I think the thing I respect about him the most and have learned about him is no matter how tough things are, no matter how hard of a decision you have to make, whether it’s popular or not, to always do what you think is right.”