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Shanahans to become latest Skins father-son duo

As the great Dave McKenna pointed out earlier this week, Mike and Kyle Shanahan will become at least the sixth father-son coaching duo in Ashburn this decade, following Marty and Brian Schottenheimer, Steve and Steve Jr. Spurrier, Joe and Coy Gibbs, Al and Bob Saunders, and Gregg and Blake Williams.

(Not to mention Flip and Ryan Saunders, as Truth About It pointed out.)

Still, whatever, it's January, we're supposed to smile and wink at things like this while mining heartwarming quotes from Internet video clips about how Kyle Shanahan's mom is negotiating his contract with his dad.

"I'm letting my mom do all that negotiating," Kyle Shanahan joked on Houston's Fox 26. "She's really trying to put it on him hard. My mom will be in here probably trying to get the most for her son that she can, and that'll probably hurt me more than help me."

And dad is already trying to get son to work harder, in another classic har-har father-son theme.

"He's gonna be screaming at me to come out there too, and my wife's definitely not letting that happen any time soon until we have this baby," Kyle said of his very-pregnant wife. "So I'm kind of getting pulled in every direction right now. I've got one guy who's been rested up for a year and so gung-ho and eager to go and just ready to go and wants me out there, and I've got a wife who's been pregnant for nine months who is definitely making sure I'm not leaving right now."

Of course, dad has demanded son's presence before. This tale of not cutting the cord appeared just before Super Bowl XXXII:

Kyle Shanahan has carried the cord to his father's headset on the sideline for 20 home games -- all victories -- but missed last year's playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Broncos were upset. Coach Shanahan said he'll never let his good-luck charm miss another game. "He's trying to negotiate a suite for himself," said Shanahan. "He's got some leverage on me."

All of this has naturally brought some level of celebrity to Kyle, who's finding it difficult to be the entire Rocky Mountain area's rabbit's foot. "He said, `Dad, I'm getting so much attention, they're beginning to hate me at school,' " said Shanahan. "I said, `Get used to it.' "

Then there are the charming tales of father-son football arguments.

"It's definitely gonna be a work in progress," Kyle told Texans TV, when asked about the duo's coaching relationship. "My dad and I are very similar, we've both got very similar personalities, and we definitely will probably be challenging each other a lot. But the good thing about that is we both will learn. We don't mind battling each other and arguing some things out, but by the end of it one of us has usually learned something. He likes to think that's usually him, but I try to convince him that's not always the case. But it's going to be fun. My wife's a little worried about, so is my mom, but we'll get through it. There'll be some growing pains, but we'll wind up enjoying it."

"I think my wife and my mom are really worried about us working together, because they think we'll butt heads a lot," he also told Fox 26. "But my dad and I can talk through anything."

In other words, no bingo caller will be necessary. One more heartwarming quote, for the heck of it.

"I'm gonna only have so many opportunities to coach with him before he's done, and once he got fired in Denver I told him whenever he decides to come back that I'd go with him," Kyle told Texans TV. "I don't know how long that will last, but before I'm done and before he's done I at least want that opportunity to work with him. I feel that it's now or never."

[See also: Stefan Fatsis writes on Shanahan's hiring for The New Republic.]

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 8, 2010; 4:52 PM ET
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I feel all warm and fuzzy inside now...check that, it's the beer I'm drinking.

Actually, Kyle has shown to be a pretty good OC I think, Houston's offense was rather prolific. Should be a positive addition.

Posted by: walkdwalk | January 8, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

I hope it will be the best father and son coaching duo in league history!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | January 8, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Does Kyle have more than one wife?

"...Kyle said of his very-pregnant wive."

Posted by: asdf2 | January 8, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Hey,I think Lombardi,Jr might be available.And don't forget the families of Jack Pardee,Bill Austin,Otto Graham,and Bill McPeak.Norv's kids might be busy.

Posted by: seanmg | January 9, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

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