With seven head coaching openings around the NFL, it would not be a surprise if Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan ends up on someone’s short list.
On Thursday, though, Shanahan wouldn’t say if any of the teams searching for a coach have contacted him, joking that he hasn’t answered his phone since the start of the season.
“Yeah, definitely,” Shanahan said when asked if he's interested in becoming a head coach. “I think every coach in the NFL, that’s all of our goals. Everybody wants the opportunity someday to be a head coach. I really hope someday I get that opportunity. It’s very flattering to be mentioned for it right now.”
On Monday, Mike Shanahan told reporters that he would prefer that his coaches not interview for jobs during the Redskins’ postseason run.
“I did read that I wasn’t allowed to,” Kyle Shanahan cracked. “I didn’t know that until I read it. It’s not something I’m asking about or reading about. …I just live in my office back there, studying the heck out film, trying to get ready for this game [against the Seahawks on Sunday]. And anything that detours your mind from that is going to be a detriment to the team.”
Kyle Shanahan also said he doesn’t have an agent and doesn’t anticipate talking any teams while the Redskins are still alive.
“I haven’t answered my phone in about six months,” Shanahan said. “I’ll check my voicemail after” the season.
Arizona, Chicago, Philadelphia, Kansas City, Buffalo, San Diego and Cleveland are all seeking a head coach.
Shanahan served as offensive coordinator in Houston 2008-09 and the past three seasons on his father’s staff. The 33-year-old has been lauded this season for his handling of rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III and the Redskins’ innovative offense, which leads the NFL in rushing yards and ranks fourth in points per game (27.3).