Several NFL teams are in the market for a new head coach and current Atlanta Falcons’ offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan hasn’t yet been contacted for an interview.
This comes as a slight surprise for several reasons.
Shanahan is one of the leagues’ bright young offensive mind’s and will be a head coach sooner rather than later. More and more teams are hiring coaches that have no prior head coaching experience such as the Falcons when they hired Dan Quinn last year.
The Miami Dolphins have already named Chicago Bears’ offensive coordinator Adam Gase who also has no head coaching experience as their new head coach but several other teams are still deciding on who they want to go after.
Shanahan should be a prime candidate for a future head coaching job but has yet to get a bite. Could this change in the next couple of weeks?
A lot of the Falcons’ fan base turned on Shanahan after the Falcons’ 6-game losing streak in the middle of the season and rightfully so. Shanahan had a ton of questionable play calls that put the offense in a lot of bad positions.
However, Shanahan finished the season rather strong after calling some brilliant plays and showing that he can in fact be an effective coach.
It would be a perfect situation if Shanahan were to get hired as a head coach in the next month which would give the Falcons a fresh start and bring in someone who better suit’s quarterback Matt Ryan’s game.
Many have questioned as to whether or not Ryan’s style of play fits into what Shanahan does best and i’m one of them. It’s far from a perfect fit.
While the odds that Shanahan gets hired as a head coach before the start of the 2016 season aren’t very high, there is another possibility that he winds up coaching the offense on another team next year.
Shanahan’s father, Mike Shanahan is a prime candidate to take over as a head coach in 2016 for the first time since being fired from the Washington Redskins and could hire his son to run the offense for him.
Shanahan coached the offense under his father from 2010 to 2013 before getting fired along side his father from the Redskins. Mike Shanahan hasn’t coached anywhere since.
There is still an extremely high chance that Shanahan will be running the Falcons’ offense in 2016 but anything is possible at this point.