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Kyle Shanahan

Team/position: Washington offensive coordinator

Age: 33

Previous NFL head coaching interviews: None.

Why is Shanahan radar-worthy?: It looks like the berry hasn’t fallen far from the tree. Kyle Shanahan spent his teenage years trailing his father on the sideline while Mike coached the Denver Broncos. Shanahan’s tutelage in West Coast offensive principles was expanded when he went to work under Jon Gruden and Gary Kubiak (another Mike Shanahan disciple) before a 2010 reunion with his pop in Washington. The Shanahans tweaked their system this year with the addition of read-option plays to take advantage of rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III’s special skill-set. The result will be Washington’s first NFC East title since 1999 if the Redskins win at home Sunday against Dallas.

Potential fit: This is tricky. First, there is the thought that Kyle Shanahan will become Washington’s next head coach when his 60-year-old father is ready to retire. Mike Shanahan also will warn his son against taking a job with an unstable organization like he did with Oakland in the late 1980s. Even so, it would behoove Kyle Shanahan to accept interview offers. Going through the process is a healthy exercise, plus he may be able to leverage the opportunity to receive something advantageous from the Redskins to stay put if tendered a job.

Trivia note: Shanahan and ex-NFL quarterback Chris Simms were close friends at the University of Texas. So close that Simms and Shanahan have each other's initials tattooed on their legs along with those of other close teammates and a Longhorns logo. - Alex Marvez (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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