- Marco Rubio: U.S. at social, moral crossroads
- ‘We’re coming for you, Barack Obama’: Top U.S. official discloses threat from ISIL
- White flags baffle NYPD: ‘We’re lucky it wasn’t a bomb’
- N.Y. Gov. Cuomo’s office interfered with, pressured corruption commission: report
- Brit lawmaker: I would fire on Israel if I lived in Gaza
- VA apologizes to forgotten Marine veteran locked in Fla. clinic, forced to call 911
- U.S. social and economic trends on worrisome track, survey finds
- McDonald nomination unanimously referred to full Senate
- Chuck Norris honorary chairman of NRA voter registration campaign
- GOP outraged Obamacare investigators able to get coverage with fake IDs
Browns’ Mike Pettine: Last season not a factor in hiring Kyle Shanahan
Question of the Day
INDIANAPOLIS – Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettinesaid Saturday his decision to hire former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahanfor the same role on his coaching staff was not affected by the way the Redskins‘ season ended.
Shanahan, who was hired by Pettine earlier this month, was fired on Dec. 30 by the Redskins after a season in which the Redskins finished 3-13 and his relationship with quarterback Robert Griffin IIIdeteriorated.
“We spoke about it at length when he came in for the interview,” Pettine said at Lucas Oil Stadium, site of the NFL combine. “I already had a decent amount of information on that topic, and it was something that was a zero factor in our decision to hire Kyle.”
Shanahan had been with the Redskins for four seasons and was the Houston Texans’ offensive coordinator the previous two seasons. That experience was paramount to Pettine, who has a defensive background and was most recently the Buffalo Bills’ defensive coordinator.
“[He] started very young as a coordinator, and again, I have a soft spot for coaches’ kids, being one myself,” Pettine said. “His time in football, though, because he started so early and being around his dad – I think his time is almost like dog years. He was coordinating, I think, at age 26, and he’s been successful in a variety of ways.”
The Texans had the fourth-ranked offense in 2009 behind quarterback Matt Schaub and wide receiver Andre Johnson, and the Redskins had the No. 5 offense in 2012 behind a strong running game anchored by Griffin and running back Alfred Morris.
“That was the most encouraging to me – there wasn’t just one way he got it done,” Pettine said. “He’s been in the top in the league in rushing statistics and also in passing statistics, so there isn’t one way for Kyle to get it done, and I think that was the most encouraging thing for me – the most enticing thing for me.”
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
- Jay Gruden 'fired up' on eve of first Redskins training camp
- Jason Hatcher, Leonard Hankerson to begin camp on PUP list
- DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts give Redskins' receiving corps a boost
- In Arena Football League, dreams of following Jay Gruden's path
- 2014 Redskins training camp: Quarterbacks preview
Latest Blog Entries
The subsidies are a hit with patients who don't exist
- Democratic Sen. John Walsh plagiarized War College master's thesis: report
- CARSON: Costco and the perils of mixing politics and business
- 'We're coming for you, Barack Obama': Top U.S. official discloses threat from ISIL terrorists
- Netanyahu's Wikipedia page replaced with giant Palestinian flag
- Obama orders Pentagon advisers to Ukraine
- Obama says public not familiar enough with issues
- House task force to recommend National Guard on border, faster deportations
- Hezbollah warring in Syria could join fight against Israel
- Tom Petty: 'No one's got Christ more wrong than the Christians'
- Hamas orders civilians to die in Israeli airstrikes
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq