Falcons Choose Kyle Shanahan As Next Offensive Coordinator

Kyle Shanahan

Kyle Shanahan

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported late Sunday night that former Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan would become the next man serving in that same capacity for the Atlanta Falcons. Per Schefter, Shanahan and current Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn are set to be a “package deal” as the Falcons are fully expected to hire Quinn as their next head coach upon the completion of postseason.

The Falcons will be unable to hire Quinn in an official capacity until after the Seahawks season is over, which won’t be until February 2 after Super Bowl XLIX. But various reports indicate that the deal is already done, as the Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole indicates that 99 percent done and all that needs to be decided is the final financial terms.

Shanahan, 35, just finished his only season as the play-caller for the Browns, ending his tenure there with a mutual parting of the ways. Reports indicated that Shanahan’s departure was facilitated by a disagreement with the Browns’ front office over whether quarterback Johnny Manziel should be the starter. This past year, with quarterback Brian Hoyer starting for the majority of the season, the Browns offense ranked 23rd in total yards and 27th in points scored. They did however finished 17th in rushing despite having an alternating three-headed backfield for most of the season.

Prior to his work in Cleveland, Shanahan was the offensive coordinator for four seasons under his father, Mike, with the Washington Redskins. During that tenure, the Redskins’ great offensive success came during the rookie season of Robert Griffin III in 2012, where the team ranked fifth in total offense and fourth in scoring offense. That was facilitated by the league’s top rushing attack. Shanahan was credited with successfully adapting his offense to cater to the strengths of Griffin, utilizing a lot of read-option plays. However, Griffin and the Shanahans clashed publicly in 2013, causing a drop in production for the offense. The Redskins still finished ninth in total offense thanks to what was still the league’s fifth-best rushing team, but fell to 23rd in scoring offense.

In the two seasons prior to Griffin’s arrival, the Redskins offense was helmed by Rex Grossman for 16 starts, Donovan McNabb for 13 and John Beck for three. Never once during that time did the Redskins finish above 16th in total offense or 25th in scoring offense.

Prior to joining his dad in Washington, Shanahan spent two seasons as the offensive coordinator under Gary Kubiak with the Houston Texans. During those years, he helped guide former Falcon quarterback Matt Schaub to an offense that finished in the top four teams in total offense both years, including a top 10 finish in scoring offense in 2009.

Before his promotion to offensive coordinator in 2008, Shanahan worked as quarterbacks and wide receivers coach with the Texans. He also spent two seasons (2004-05) as an offensive quality control coach under Jon Gruden in Tampa Bay. His first job as an assistant coach came in 2003 as a graduate assistant at UCLA. Shanahan played wide receiver at the University of Texas, finishing his career with 14 receptions for 127 yards.

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