Odd as it is, the one Shanahan who has the biggest chance to make his mark on the NFL in 2009 isn’t former Broncos coach Mike but rather his son, Houston Texans offensive coordinator Kyle.
During the Texans’ season-ending 31-24 victory over the Chicago Bears, in a game in which Houston racked up 455 total yards, Shanahan was entrusted with the responsibilities of calling all of his team’s plays for the first time this season. Up until then, he had called some of but never an entire NFL game.
It worked out so well that Texans coach Gary Kubiak now plans to let the younger Shanahan call all of the team’s plays next season. And keep an eye on this scenario: The younger Shahahan, clearly an up-and-comer in this league, has one year left on his contract. If the senior Shanahan sits out this season, father and son easily could work together in 2010.