Posted Sun May 11th by Jonathan Douglas
The last time a group of guys named Shanahan, Kubiak and Gibbs teamed up they ended up with a couple of rings. In 2008 this combination will try to duplicate that success. Of course, I’m referring to the Houston Texans and not our Denver Broncos and the Shanahan I listed is Kyle Shanahan not Mike, but the other two are originals and I think it will makes for a pretty impressive offensive coaching staff.
Kyle in particular is becoming a fast rising offensive talent, starting as the WR coach and the receiving a promotion to QB Coach before last season and a promotion to Offensive Coordinator this year. At 28 he’s the youngest OC in the league (beating his father’s rise to OC by 4 years). He brings his father’s work ethic and the quiet intensity that the elder Shanahan displayed when he was a position coach and Offensive Coordinator. He also reminds me of Kubiak. He seems to play the QB’s best friend and confidant role that Kubiak did so successfully in Denver.
And speaking of Kubiak, Gary certainly knows a little about working with a Shanahan on the sideline, and likes some of the same attributes in the son as he admired in the father. As for Gibbs, although he promised his wife he’d try retirement – he just could make it work. And if you’re Alex Gibbs and are looking for a new start with familiar faces, then Houston makes perfect sense.
Mike Shanahan agrees…
“I think it will be the best thing that ever happened to my son. Gibbs will make him a better coach and [Kyle] will get a chance to work with a guy who’s been [in the NFL] a long time.” — Mike Shanahan
It will be interesting to watch the Texan’s offense this year under these three men with heavy Denver ties. And, although I only have room in my life for one obsession, it’s hard not to get excited thinking about what they could do this year.
Here is a video from the teams website when Kyle was promoted:
And here is him handling a press conference on their 3rd round picks this year. He handles himself extremely well, and looks like he’s really grown into his new position rather quickly (he seems much more polished and professional here):