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Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Shanahan hires three assistants

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

We've known for a couple weeks that Kyle Shanahan would be offensive coordinator for the Redskins because that's what his father told us during his opening news conference. But the Redskins made it official when they sent out a press release Wednesday.

The club also announced that Jon Embree would coach tight ends and Matt LeFleur would be the quarterbacks coach. Mike Shanahan praised LeFleur for the work he did with Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson. I remember Embree playing for Colorado in the early 90s. He played a couple of seasons with the Rams and he eventually ended up coaching tight ends in Kansas City. Embree worked with one of the greatest tight ends in league history in Tony Gonzalez. He was with the Chiefs for three seasons.

Mike Shanahan still has some hires to make, but he's formed a pretty solid nucleus of coaches. So who will call the plays? My guess is that the Shanahans will team up in that effort. Kyle has worked for two offensive-minded head coaches in Gary Kubiak and Jon Gruden, so it shouldn't be a huge adjustment.

I'm sure Kyle will have a huge say in game planning, but I'd be surprised if his dad wasn't the one making the calls in the game. I'm not sure what Shanahan's policy will be with assistant coaches. I'll try to track down a couple of these guys tomorrow or Friday.