Kyle, Mike Shanahan "identical" when it comes to coaching


MIAMI – If Mike and Kyle Shanahan weren't father and son, they could be twins.

At least in the footballing sense.

"They are identical," said Bobby Turner, an assistant coach between the two generations. "Trainer [Mike] Shanahan is one of the best of the best. Blood, of course, but why not follow the best of the best? "

Turner won two Super Bowls as a back coach under Mike during 18 seasons with the Broncos and was also with his Redskins. Turner won his third ring on Sunday when the 70-year-old coach took the same position for the 49ers of 40-year-old Kyle.

Kyle Shanahan celebrates with his father Mike after winning the 49ers' NFC title.
Kyle Shanahan celebrates with his father Mike after winning the 49ers' NFC title.Getty Images

This resume makes him a leading expert on Shanahan isms, the details of which he is too loyal to share.

"The main thing is that they are leaders, they mean what they say," Turner said to The Post, "and they are persistent."

When the 49ers defeat the Chiefs, Mike and Kyle become the Super Bowl coach's first father-son duo. The only other couple to win as head coach in the playoffs are Bum and Wade Phillips.

"The similarity is the focus," said NFL network analyst Steve Mariucci, who trained against the older Shanahan. "You emphasize the running game. The running game is somewhat similar to that of the zone, but Kyle's offense, especially the running game, is fun when you watch it in the movie because there are several – be it the inner zone or the stretch game or the one -Back power or that pulls or the traps. "

Kyle got his start as a UCLA assistant in 2003, his first NFL job with the Buccaneers, and his first position as a trainer at
the Texans when they were led by Gary Kubiak, his father's ex-right. In 2010 he joined his father's workforce as the Redskins' offensive coordinator.

"I wanted to be an offensive coach – I've played crime all my life – and all he said to me is:" Don't study crime. Study defense. The offense will of course come. You should know better what to do in defense, ”said Kyle. "That's the best advice he gave me. You don't just insert a piece to insert it. You insert a piece based on what the defense does."

The last time the 49ers won a Super Bowl after the 1994 season, Mike was the offensive coordinator and 15-year-old Kyle was a ball boy during the season. He wore a Deion Sanders jersey during Super Bowl week and held the cord for his father's headphones on matchday.

"You work for it, for all the hours you spend and for all the places you moved to," said Mike after Kyle's last win.

When Kyle got older, he was no longer just a son. He was also a student.

"I could say that he was very interested when we met and he was careful," said Turner. "Kyle's father was successful with the program. He knew it like the back of his hand. Kyle also knows it like the back of his hand."

The Shanahans continued to take care of the ball boys in Denver. Mike McDaniel moved from this position to coaching intern at Mike Shanahan in 2005 to meet Kyle of Kubiak's Texans staff. He is now the 49ers running game coordinator.

"Man, they can take a lot of stress," McDaniel told the Post. "They pride themselves on being extremely accountable and setting standards, but believing in people and giving them the opportunity to meet those standards."

Mike Shanahan arrived in Miami later this week and joined the 49ers in their team hotel. Two weeks ago, Mike Kyle presented the NFC's George Halas Trophy – and was dressed in front of the camera for an emotional hug. The scene could be more moving on Sunday.

"It is a product of his father," said McDaniel. "He has personality traits and idiosyncrasies that are passed on through the gene pool – and there are many things that he consults – but what makes them both what they are is that they are very authentic in their own, individual People are."