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Kyle Shanahan, Jim Haslett Address Possibility Of Becoming Head Coach

By ZAC BOYER | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – Kyle Shanahan said he is “definitely” interested in being an NFL head coach some day, but it’s not something he’s considering as the Washington Redskins prepare for their NFC wild card playoff game against Seattle on Sunday.


Shanahan, the Redskins’ offensive coordinator and son of head coach Mike Shanahan, has overseen an offense that finished the regular season ranked highly in several categories.

Washington finished the regular season ranked first with 169.3 rushing yards per game and 6.2 yards per play, ranked second with 5.2 rushing yards per attempt and 6.2 passing yards per play and ranked fourth with 27.2 points per game. They also ranked third with 1.8 percent of passes intercepted and a 70.6 fourth-down conversion rate and fifth with 383.2 yards per game.

“I think every coach in the NFL – I think that’s all of our goals,” Kyle Shanahan said. “I think everybody wants an opportunity to someday be a head coach, and I really hope that some day, I get that opportunity.”

Seven head coaches lost their jobs on Monday, the day after the regular season ended. Shanahan has not been specifically linked with any of the jobs, and as he does not have an agent, he said he has not heard from any interested parties.

“I haven’t answered my phone in about six months, so I’ll check my voicemail after,” Shanahan joked.

Mike Shanahan said Monday that he prefers any of his assistant coaches not to pursue any potential openings during the season, which Kyle Shanahan said was the first he learned about any policy.

Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett has also been suggested as a potential head coaching candidate, though Haslett has prior experience in that role. He was the head coach in New Orleans from 2000 through 2005 and the interim head coach in St. Louis in 2008.

“I don’t think of those things,” Haslett said. “That’s something that you worry about when the season’s over, but really, I came here to win. I like the pieces of the puzzle now.

“As a player, as an ex-player and as a coach, I’ve kind of done everything I wanted to do from an individual standpoint. I mean, I was rookie of the year [in 1979], coach of the year [in 2000] – all that stuff. That stuff doesn’t make a difference to me. I need to get a ring. That’s one thing I don’t have.”