Kyle Shanahan on list of Eagles head coach contenders

November 12, 2012

(John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

The Eagles share a dismal 3-6 record with the Redskins, which has people speculating about the inevitable coaching carousel. Last week, Fred Smoot put Andy Reid on his list of potential Redskins coaches. Apparently some people in Philly wouldn’t mind making a coaching trade for one of the Shanahans. 

The Philadelphia Inquirer put together a list of potential Eagles coaching candidates, naming Kyle Shanahan as a contender. From Philly.com, via Rich Tandler:

The Redskins are losing yet again, but their offense under the stewardship of Kyle Shanahan has been electric. The 32-year-old has done wonders with rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III and will get interviews for coaching vacancies in the offseason.

As a few people have pointed out, there is a question as to whether it’s RGIII making Kyle Shanahan look good, and not the other way around. As Insider broke down during the bye week, there are a lot of things that need fixing in the Redskins offense. 

Tim Hasselback has his doubts, and shared them with Mark Maske.

“We’ve gotten to the point where you have to wonder about the direction of the offense,” Hasselbeck said in a telephone interview. “They have all these atypical NFL concepts. They like to repeat concepts. But when you do that, you’re not stretching the field. You’re not making the defense defend the entire field. One of the reasons it works in college is because the first guy gets open. But when the first guy is not open in the NFL, you have to be able to get to the next guy.”

Kyle Shanahan as head coach of the Eagles is a long shot, but still fun to think about. We would get so much media mileage out of Shanahan v. Shanahan division matchups. 

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