Before he was commanding the most surprising team in all of football to a 5-0 start, San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan was the offensive coordinator with the Washington Redskins for four seasons, and was instrumental in getting a pre-injury Robert Griffin III off to a record-breaking start to his career. Shanahan has since moved on to better gigs, serving as offensive coordinator in Atlanta before earning the head coaching job in San Francisco -- and it doesn't sound like he has a lot of love for the Redskins organization.
The 2013 season, Shanahan's last in Washington, remains a pivotal moment in the Redskins' continuing post-Joe Gibbs tailspin. It was a 3-13 slog that featured an injured RGIII and an inexperienced Kirk Cousins shuffling in and out of the lineup.
Their coaching staff, however, featured Kyle as the offensive coordinator under his father Mike, plus future Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur as the quarterbacks coach and future Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay as the tight ends coach.
Naturally, owner Dan Snyder didn't end up promoting or re-hiring any of these budding stars, but instead opted for Jay Gruden in the top job. The franchise hasn't recovered since.
We feel you, Kyle. It's not easy to work for Dan Snyder. Even Jed York looks comparatively tame compared to the mess in DC.