For Kyle, last name equals criticism

For Kyle, last name equals criticism
November 10, 2011, 9:11 pm
Share This Post

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan offered a juicy nugget on Monday when he said he initially tried to talk his son Kyle out of coming to the team to serve as offensive coordinator.

I said, This is going to be a work in progress, its not going to happen overnight, youre with an established team Houston, youve got your ducks in order, Mike said.

Kyle did take the position, and because he calls the plays but mostly because of his last name, he has taken heavy criticism during the Redskins current four-game skid.

To which, the younger Shanahan said Thursday after practice: Thats nothing new.

Ive been his son my whole life, Kyle said. I got it when I was little and if I started at point guard on my fifth-grade basketball team, it was most likely because of my dad. Im used to getting all that. Its human nature.

Asked to confirm Mikes recall, Kyle said: My dad understood the situation I was in with Houston, having a very good, established quarterback and being there with a group of guys that we had success with and then coming to an unknown and being the son of the boss. I think he understood it wouldnt be easy so he made sure to say that stuff to make sure its something I absolutely wanted to do.

Its a hard business. Its hard stuff. You have to make sure this is all you want to do. Once you realized that, I think he was excited to have me.

It wasnt the first time Mike was unable to talk to Kyle out of a career decision.

He told me my whole life not to get into coaching and once he realized it didnt matter what he said and I was going to do it, I think he was excited I was, Kyle said.

Kyle Shanahan has come under scrutiny because the Redskins start the seasons second half Sunday at Miami ranked 21st in yards, 26th in rushing, 26th in passing yards per completion and 27th in scoring.

It comes with the territory when you dont have success and your last name is the same as the boss, youre going to get that, he said. It doesnt bother me, it drives me.

When he hears the outside chatter, Kyle said: Its made me competitive my whole life. It drives me. I think its why Im a perfectionist, why I work really hard at what I do and try to make sure Im on top of this game.

What should drive all of the offensive coaches is getting their bang-up side of the football untracked. The Redskins havent cracked 21 points since Week 2 and their longest gain last week was a 17-yard Roy Helu reception that was initially deflected by a San Francisco defender.

The Redskins continue to tinker with the lineup. Last week, Helu, Leonard Hankerson and Maurice Hurt all got their first NFL starts and this week because of injury, Sean Locklear is likely to replace Jammal Brown at right tackle.

Contact OHalloran at rohalloran@comcastsportsnet.com