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Shanahans together for Father's Day, and beyond

Happy Father's Day to everyone out there. This is one of the best Sundays outside of football season, and we hope you're enjoying it. It's time for the obligatory Father's Day post, and it's made a bit easier this year by the Redskins' new coaching staff.

Mike and Kyle Shanahan really do make for a good story.
It's not often that coaches in the NFL can work alongside their sons, -- and when they do, it doesn't usually last too long.

In Washington, both Shanahans says they've enjoyed the past 5 1/2 months of working together.
"It's been fun. It's been great," said head coach Mike Shanahan. "When you deal with your son, especially on the football side, we've been able to communicate for a lot of years, since high school. Then you get the opportunities to be in the National Football League, collegiate level, you're talking constantly. This doesn't happen very often. To have this opportunity is something that I was really looking forward to. Didn't know if it would ever happen. But I've really enjoyed it."

The two always have been close. Kyle would hang around the Broncos complex when he was a teenager, and football was always a strong bond they shared. Since Kyle entered the coaching ranks, though, they've never been in the same city. Now, working in the same building,
father and son are around each other all the time, for 100 hours some weeks, Kyle estimates.

Mike says they've grown even closer these past few months. "I think any time you're around your kids more and more, i think the relationship does grow," Mike said, "even though we've been very tight...for a long time, because we have done a lot of things together. I get a chance to see exactly his enthusiasm, his passion, how much time he puts in and obviously how much he knows about the game.

"When you're away in that six-, seven or eight-year time frame, somebody takes off and goes on in their own direction, when you do get together, it's fun to see how mature they've become, how knowledgeable they've become. You like to see their relationships, their interactions with players and coaching staffs. And that's been fun to watch."

Fans hope they'll be able to enjoy this fall, too.

By Rick Maese  |  June 20, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Kyle Shanahan , Mike Shanahan  
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Comments

thats cool i guess

Posted by: patljr7 | June 20, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Next years draft is for our playmakers for offense.

What a transformation in one year.

3 upgrades on the o line, a HOF QB

Top 2 picks next year, WR, RB

Thoughts?????

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | June 20, 2010 3:14 AM |

I'd be willing to bet one of those early picks will go for MLB to groom for London or Rocky.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | June 20, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Next years draft is for our playmakers for offense.

What a transformation in one year.

3 upgrades on the o line, a HOF QB

Top 2 picks next year, WR, RB

Thoughts?????

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | June 20, 2010 3:14 AM |

I'd be willing to bet one of those early picks will go for MLB to groom for London or Rocky.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | June 20, 2010 9:36 AM |

I'd also add QB in the mix of possible selections in the first two rounds.

Posted by: TWISI | June 20, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

I figured they'd pick up another tackle for depth, but I didn't figure it would be Jammal Brown. It does make sense: their most versatile lineman, Artis Hicks, goes back into the mix at guard, his single best position. Brown of course could refuse to sign a long term deal and leave after next season, but them's the breaks.

One thing about this emerging line is they're all proficient run blockers. I know fans are happy to see that.

As to who fills out the roster, I'm thinking Reinhart is done, and I'm not at all confident in Will Montgomery.

Posted by: Samson151 | June 20, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

If you're looking at drafting a replacement for Fletcher next year, there appears to be one first round candidate, Greg Jones of Michigan State, and a second tier (that translates to rounds 2-5) that includes in no particular order Kelvin Sheppard of LSU, Mike Mohammed of California, Nate Irving of NC State, and Josh Bynes of Auburn. Casey Matthews of Oregon could join that group. As for dark horses, there's Alex Wucjiak of the Terps.

The QB picture is a lot more complex. There's Jake Locker, who some thought would have gone #1 overall this year, and Ryan Mallett of Louisville, a Ben Roethlisberger without the police record. There's Andrew Luck of Stanford, son of the forgettable Oliver, who is the favorite of teams that like brainy QBs to run complicated offenses. Any one of these guys could go in the top dozen picks, or even all three. Mallet threw 30 TDs and 7 INTs last year so he'll probably have the best numbers at season's end.

Candidates who should go later in the first or early second (where we hope the Skins are drafting), include Christian Ponder of Fla State, and Blaine Gabbert of Missouri, a big, mobile pocket passer. Farther down should come Pat Devlin of Delaware and Case Keenum of Houston.

The spread offense makes it hard to predict QB performance in the NFL based on what somebody did in college.

Posted by: Samson151 | June 20, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Top 2 picks next year, WR, RB

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | June 20, 2010 3:14 AM |

I'd be willing to bet one of those early picks will go for MLB to groom for London or Rocky.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | June 20, 2010 9:36 AM |

I'd also add QB in the mix of possible selections in the first two rounds.

Posted by: TWISI | June 20, 2010 10:03 AM

Can't say anything intelligent about next year's draft until we see (1) who plays well, who gets injured, next season and (2) what happens in free agency.

Posted by: greenback | June 20, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

The morning of Father's Day arrives, and both Chad and Todd lie spooning in bed thinking the other person will prepare him breaksfast.

They've been 'married' for a year now, and all the luster and glow of honeymoon-love has worn off to where little celebrations like today's are there is to look forward to.

But each becomes irritated when the other doesn't hand him a card and kiss extolling his work as the father of the adopted Cambodian girl they named RuPaulia.

She watches their role confusion over a bowl of oatmeal as the flowery SpongeBob Squarepants and Patrick prance on the tv screen behind them.

So all morning, there is tension in the house has neither lover is given the rights and privileges most fathers receive on Father's Day.

Between them there is only the desire to be appreciated for all the efforts and actions undertaken be the 'man' in their cosmopolitan and neat-freakish little world.

Before nightfall, each calls his father in secrecy for advice about what to do when the 'wife' lets him down.

"Father's Day appreciation?" one beer drinking, football-addled dad wonders.

"When both people like being on the bottom, how do you either of you know which is which?"

And with that thought in mind, they both trade Happy belated Mother's Day cards and flowers deciding that a floral arrangement and perfume beats a tie as a gift any day.

"Happy Father's Day," they tell each other.

And indeed, we wish this to you all, especially to those dads who don't ever feel appreciated.

To us, you're never on the bottom.

Because you are.

Posted by: MistaMoe | June 20, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Boy did I screw up that post.

Delete the final line.

Enjoy Father's Day, y'all.

Posted by: MistaMoe | June 20, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Moe,

wtf was in your cheerios? Was your coffee spiked? Strange post brother! lol

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | June 20, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

So Moe,
Might you be the "beer drinking, football-addled dad" mentioned above? Is this a tale from personal experience? Just wondering.

Posted by: kaasmaster | June 20, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

See a need, fill a need: now was that so hard to grasp, Vinny? Jamaal Brown was the perfect pickup for the Redskins. This gives them quality depth at tackle for many years. I am getting real excited with the prospect of this offensive line starting the season.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | June 20, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

LOL Moe...add that to your "Best of..." collection, my friend.

This is my first Father's Day without my dad, so I needed the laugh.

Happy for the Shanahans to have this chance to work together in Washington. Hopefully, this father/son tandem makes for a great storyline for the two weeks of football jibba jabba leading up to the Super Bowl.

Happy Father's Day to RI Nation.

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 20, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

From PFT:

Jammal Brown appears ticketed for right tackle
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on June 20, 2010 11:02 AM ET
New Redskins acquisition Jammal Brown's first football practice in nearly a year will likely take place at right tackle, where he started his NFL career.

Nothing is set in stone, but multiple national reports indicate the plan is to start Brown on the right side, with No. 4 overall pick Trent Williams staying on the left. The logic makes sense.

Brown's experience on the blind side would make it easy for the two to switch positions if Williams isn't ready for the responsibility. Then again, Brown has much to prove.

New Orleans practically gave Brown away, for a move up two rounds in the 2011 draft. Sure, he made two Pro Bowls. But the second Pro Bowl was a joke -- Brown disappointed in 2008 -- and he didn't play a single snap last season because of hip and groin issues.

In his rookie season (2006), Brown made the All Pro first team at right tackle. The next year, he moved to the left and looked like a player to build a franchise around.

The Saints bet heavily on Saturday against him ever regaining that form.

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 20, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

More from PFT...and I 100% agree:


On Haynesworth, Redskins have to choose between team's short-term and long-term interests
Posted by Mike Florio on June 20, 2010 7:29 AM ET
The Washington Redskins have a problem. Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth wants out. But he knows that, in order to keep his $26 million in bonus money, he needs to show up for training camp and for every game.

So he'll be there, but he won't he happy. And he possibly will behave that way in the hopes of being traded or cut.

The Redskins have to make a choice. Do they dump him now in the hopes of avoiding a major distraction to the first year of the Mike Shanahan regime, or do they hold Haynesworth's lead feet to the fire in the hopes of teaching all current and future players that they won't be able to talk their way out of town?

Getting rid of him helps the team's short-term interests, while at the same time creating a possible blueprint for other unhappy players. Making an example out of Haynesworth advances the long-term interests, while likely undermining the "win now" vibe that has arisen from the decisions to acquire veterans like Donovan McNabb, Larry Johnson, and most recently Jammal Brown.

If the team forces Haynesworth to show up for training camp, he could behave in a manner similar to a certain wide receiver who disrupted significantly the Eagles' 2005 season. And, in the end, what did they gain by forcing Terrell Owens to continue to show up when he wanted out?

Coincidentally, the quarterback who endured the T.O. saga now faces another similar mess, with A.H. (a fitting set of initials, observes M.F.) poised to behave in similar fashion. So we suspect that Donovan McNabb to make known quickly and clearly, but hopefully discreetly, his desire to avoid another situation of that nature, lobbying for the team to get rid of Haynesworth before he can screw up the interests of a team that has a chance to compete right away in the relatively wide-open NFC East.

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 20, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

From PFT:

Getting rid of him helps the team's short-term interests, while at the same time creating a possible blueprint for other unhappy players.

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That bluprint will have to be torn up once the new CBA is negotiated. The owners will see to that.
Long term deals with Guaranteed money seem to be in short supply around the whole league, not just in Ashburn. The onwers are giving definate clues as to what they'll be pushing for in a new agreement with the NFLPA. Fat Albert is helping their case. Being "forced to trade him" will help even more. Have no doubt: Albert will be gone, the Skins FO will whine loudly about it, the other owners will join in a chorus of sympathy, and the NFLPA will be SCREWED.
The NLF players all around the league should be the ones in the mob with torches and pitchforks surrounding Fat Albert's house.

Posted by: kaasmaster | June 20, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

No doubt, kaas...just makes it all the more likely he'll be cut rather than traded, IMO. I haven't heard any traction with that AH-to-Seattle rumor and PFT hasn't even touched it so I'm assuming that's not happening...

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 20, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

So we suspect that Donovan McNabb to make known quickly and clearly, but hopefully discreetly, his desire to avoid another situation of that nature, lobbying for the team to get rid of Haynesworth before he can screw up the interests of a team that has a chance to compete right away in the relatively wide-open NFC East.

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 20, 2010 11:51 AM

There's no pressing need to resolve this today or even before the start of the regular season. Time works to the Redskins' advantage, not to Haynesworth's. The longer we wait, the better off we are, the worse off Haynesworth is as fines accrue.

Haynesworth's power to "screw up the interests" of the Redskins is zero, given that no one on the team is on his side in this one. T.O./McNabb was a different story.

Posted by: greenback | June 20, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

I haven't heard any traction with that AH-to-Seattle rumor and PFT hasn't even touched it so I'm assuming that's not happening...

Posted by: brownwood26
I suspect you're right. That would be super-human multitasking on the part of Allen to be able to work the trade for Brown and do a seperate deal for Fat A-hole simultaniously.

Posted by: kaasmaster | June 20, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand people being negative about the Jammal Brown move. He was injured one year and was excellent the other years.

How many Pro Bowls has the Redskins had the last three years?

The Shanallen team has mixed FA signings, with trades and draft picks to change the team in one year.

After the coaching change I was thinking 6-8 wins the first year, with the McNabb move I upped that to 7-9. Now with the rebuilt o-line, I'm thinking 8-10 wins.

I may be drinking the Kool-Aid, but we have brought in younger players (outside of McNabb) and the roster is much better than last year.

We also have a coaching staff that know what they are doing on both sides of the ball.

Looking forward to camp starting next month.

Posted by: noonefromtampa | June 20, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

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