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Three of the four remaining NFC head coaches in the 2021-22 NFL Playoffs have something in common: They were all on Washington’s coaching staff in 2013.
2013 was Washington coach Mike Shanahan’s last year as head coach of the NFL. The team went 3-13, which was especially a blow after winning the NFC East the previous year with a 10-6 record.
On this team, Matt LaFleur was the quarterbacks coach, Sean McVay was the tight ends coach, and Kyle Shanahan was the offensive coordinator. Now, these three coaches are the head coaches of the Packers, Rams and 49ers respectively.
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#TBT to 2013, when Washington’s coaching staff included Kyle Shanahan (OC), Matt LaFleur (QB), and Sean McVay (TE).
Today they are three of four head coaches remaining in the NFC playoff field 😳
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) January 20, 2022
Washington has had just two winning records since 2013, and they won the NFC East twice, including last year before ultimately losing to the Super Bowl 55 champion Buccaneers. Jay Gruden took over the job as head coach in 2014 after Mike Shanahan left until 2019. Bill Callahan coached the team for one season after that, and now Ron Rivera has been coaching since 2020.
With Washington missing another postseason, the fact that LaFleur, McVay and Shanahan could have potentially stayed in Washington to coach has resurfaced, especially since all three of those coaches are in the playoffs.
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However, these three coaches did not directly become head coaches. LaFleur worked as a quarterbacks coach with the Falcons before becoming offensive coordinator with the Rams and Titans. He became head coach of the Packers in 2019. McVay remained in Washington until 2017, but worked as offensive coordinator for the previous three seasons. He was then named head coach of the Rams in 2017. Shanahan continued to work as an offensive coordinator with the Browns and then the Falcons before being hired as head coach of the 49ers in 2017.
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In the divisional round this coming weekend, LaFleur will face Shanahan on Saturday night in their match. McVay will face the Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon. Washington…well, they’ll release their new team name on Feb. 2, and then there’s next season to look forward to.
Packers, Rams and 49ers get W on Washington as old footage of Matt LaFleur, Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan on 2013 coaching staff resurfaces
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