The younger Shanahan plays it close to the vest

Kyle Shanahan is ayoung coach with a lot of promise.  In college he played wide receiver, but everyone knew he had the brains to be a coach one day.

In January when Mike Shanahan was named coach of the Redskins, Kyle was determined to join his father here in D.C. Coming from Houston, joining his dad was the only move he would make.

Washington fans are excited for the offensive possibilities this duo is capable of in the forth coming season.  However, this pre-season they showed little.  At times it looked promising.  Other times, it looked sloppy.  But the offense shown to us so far, may not be what we see starting Sunday night.

Coach Mike Shanahan and his son, offensive coordinator Kyle, play things close to the vest.

They reveal little while speaking with reporters in hopes of maintaining a competitive advantage over opponents, so it wasn’t surprising the other day that Kyle offered few clues about the team’s plans on offense and kickoff returns for the season opener Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field.

Mike Shanahan recently acknowledged the obvious, essentially confirming that top back Clinton Portis would start the opener. Big back Larry Johnson is listed second on the depth chart and Keiland Williams, an undrafted rookie free agent out of LSU, is the third back.

Williams impressed during the preseason in beating out Willie Parker and Ryan Torain, who was signed to the practice squad, for a spot on the opening 53-man roster. He could be an intriguing option to fill the third-down role.

“He ran the ball real well,” Kyle Shanahan said. “He had some natural running skills and we could trust him. He picked up the protection stuff real well.

“He knows what we’re doing, especially for a rookie coming in. He’s got no fear, doesn’t mind putting his face in guys. He doesn’t flinch at contact.”

Among the wide receivers, only flanker and top wideout Santana Moss is assured of a starting assignment. Joey Galloway has been listed atop the depth chart at split end throughout the preseason, but “we haven’t decided yet” if Galloway will start, Kyle said. “We have really about … all five guys we can rotate in there. It just depends on what package we’re in.

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