A Look At Kyle Shanahan's Coaching Profile

Patrick McDermott

With Saturday's announcement that Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson is no longer in the running the Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator it is pretty safe to assume that Kyle Shanahan has emerged as the front-runner.

After scratching Kirby Wilson off the potential offensive coordinator list the Baltimore Ravens are left with two finalists for the position: Jim Hostler and Kyle Shanahan. Considering Shanahan has significantly more experience as an offensive coordinator in the NFL (six seasons) than Hostler (with Hostler's offense ranking last in total yards and points in his 2007 stint as the San Francisco 49ers' offensive coordinator),it is safe to assume that he will be the next man up for the Ravens.

At a glance, here is Shanahan's track record since getting his first job as an NFL offensive coordinator in 2008:

Offense Rushing Off Passing Off
Year Tm Yds Pts GvA Att Yds TD Y/A FL Att Yds TD Int NY/A
2008 HOU 3 17 30 16 13 11 13 20 7 4 13 29 5
2009 HOU 4 10 16 20 30 18 31 17 4 1 5 17 3
2010 WAS 18 25 21 31 30 24 16 21 4 8 22 20 18
2011 WAS 16 26 30 25 25 26 22 22 5 14 23 29 16
2012 WAS 5 4 1 3 1 2 2 5 30 20 13 1 2
2013 WAS 9 23 30 13 5 13 3 29 9 16 24 20 23
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/25/2014.

Shanahan, like all offensive coordinators, has had his ups-and-downs in his six years in the NFL. But as you can see from the graph above, when the right personnel is in place Shanahan can orchestrate quite a potent offense (with 2012 serving as the highlight of his coaching career).

The thing that stands out the most about Shanahan's offenses are their ability to consistently move the chains (never ranking lower than 18th in the league in total yards). While some may point to the three year stretch from 2009 to 2011 where his offenses struggled to move the ball on the ground, he seems to have fixed that problem as his offenses have ranked in the top-five in rushing yards the last two seasons.

While nothing is ever certain it seems clear that Shanahan will become the Baltimore Ravens next offensive coordinator. Hopefully Shanahan will be able to kick-start the Ravens' offense and help legitimize their Super Bowl hopes for the 2014 NFL Season.

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