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Kyle Shanahan
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Date of birth December 14, 1979 (1979-12-14) (age 30)
Place of birth Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota
Position(s) Offensive Coordinator
Wide Receiver
College Texas
Team(s) as a player
Team(s) as a coach/administrator





(Graduate assistant)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(Offensive Quality Control)
Houston Texans
(Wide receivers coach)
Houston Texans
(Quarterbacks coach)
Houston Texans
(Offensive Coordinator)
Washington Redskins
(Offensive Coordinator)

Kyle Shanahan (born December 14, 1979(1979-12-14) in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is an NFL offensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins. Shanahan, at 28 years, 26 days old, became the youngest coordinator in the NFL when he was promoted on January 11, 2008.[1] His father, Mike Shanahan, is the current head coach for the Washington Redskins.

Earlier life

Shanahan was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, while his father coached at the University of Minnesota. He later attended Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, Colorado, while his father served as head coach of the Denver Broncos. Shanahan accepted a scholarship offer by Carl Franks of Duke University, but chose to transfer as redshirt freshman to the University of Texas at Austin. Shanahan played wide receiver on a Longhorn team that featured future NFL players Roy Williams, Cedric Benson, Bo Scaife, Mike Williams, Quentin Jammer, and future college coach Major Applewhite. Shanahan also became close friends with Chris Simms.

Coaching career

I studied every potential Xs and Os play and issue possible. I spent my whole life working on that. My goal was that any question a player could have about anything on the field, I'd be able to answer it.

—Kyle Shanahan[2]

Soon after he graduated from Texas in 2003, Shanahan became graduate assistant to Karl Dorrell at UCLA. Following that season, Shanahan was hired as assistant coach for offensive quality control under head coach Jon Gruden with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Gruden had held a similar position with the San Francisco 49ers in 1990, at about the same age that Shanahan had in 2004.

In 2006, Shanahan was hired by Gary Kubiak to serve as wide receivers coach for the Houston Texans. Kubiak had previously served as offensive coordinator under Mike Shanahan with the Broncos. At the time, Kyle Shanahan was the youngest position coach in the NFL. A season later, Shanahan received another promotion to become the Texans quarterback coach. In 2007, he had also been offered to become offensive coordinator at the University of Minnesota, where former Broncos assistant Tim Brewster just became head coach. Shanahan declined, citing his decision to be an NFL coach.[3]

Considered one of the ‘rising young stars’ in the NFL coaching ranks, Shanahan was immediately dealt as the frontrunner for the vacant offensive coordinator position after Mike Sherman had left the Texans to take over as head coach at Texas A&M University.[4] On January 11, 2008, he was officially promoted, becoming the youngest coordinator in the NFL, being more than three years younger than Josh McDaniels of the New England Patriots.


Preceded by
Mike Sherman
Houston Texans Offensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Rick Dennison
Preceded by
Sherman Smith
Washington Redskins Offensive Coordinator
Succeeded by


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