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Shanahan, Austin Interview For Head Coach On Tuesday

Posted Jan 5, 2016

Former Broncos head coach and current Lions defensive coordinator are the latest to interview for the Dolphins head coaching position.


Three-time Super Bowl winner Mike Shanahan and Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin interviewed Tuesday for the Dolphins’ head-coaching position.

Shanahan and Austin became the second and third candidates to interview for the position, following former Atlanta Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith.

Shanahan spent 19-plus seasons as an NFL head coach with the Raiders, Broncos and Redskins, winning Super Bowl titles with Denver in 1997 and 1998. He also was the offensive coordinator for the 1994 Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers.

Shanahan had a 170-138 regular season record (.552 winning percentage), and his victory total was tied for 12th on the NFL’s all-time list heading into the final week of the 2015 season (Tom Coughlin 170, Jeff Fisher 169). Interestingly, the coach right ahead of Shanahan is former Dolphins executive vice president of football operations Bill Parcells.

As head coach, Shanahan guided his teams to the playoffs eight times, seven times with the Broncos and in 2012 with Washington.

He has been out of football since the 2013 season, his last of four with Washington.

He coached 20 games with the Los Angeles Raiders in 1988 and 1989 before serving as an offensive coordinator with Denver in 1991 and with San Francisco from 1992-94 before getting his second chance as a head coach.

Shanahan always has been known as an offensive mastermind, and his teams ranked in the top three in the NFL in total offense 10 times in a 13-year span (1992-2004).

Shanahan’s coaching career began as an offensive assistant at the University of Oklahoma in 1975 and his college career included stops at Northern Arizona, Eastern Illinois, the University of Minnesota and the University of Florida, where he spent four seasons as offensive coordinator.

From there, it was on to the NFL, with Shanahan starting off with the Broncos as receivers coach in 1984 before being offensive coordinator the next three seasons.

Shanahan played quarterback at Eastern Illinois University. His son, Kyle, became an NFL offensive coordinator at 28 years old in 2008 and now holds that position with the Atlanta Falcons.

Austin has been an NFL assistant coach since 2003, with the exception of the 2010 season when he served as defensive coordinator at the University of Florida, where one of his starters was Dolphins linebacker Jelani Jenkins.

A former safety at the University of Pittsburgh, Austin spent the past two seasons in charge of the Detroit defense, which was first against the run in the NFL in 2014 and second overall.

Of course, one of key players on that 2014 Detroit defense was Ndamukong Suh, who joined the Dolphins as a free agent last offseason.

After that impressive showing by the Lions defense in 2014, Austin interviewed for a head-coaching position with the Chicago Bears, Buffalo Bills, Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers.

Before joining the Lions, Austin served as secondary coach for the Baltimore Ravens for three seasons and was part of the staff on the Super Bowl championship team of 2012. Austin also made a Super Bowl appearance in the 2008 season when he was defensive backs coach of the Arizona Cardinals and in 2005 when he was DB coach of the Seattle Seahawks.

It was with Seattle that Austin began his NFL coaching career, and it came following a 12-year college stint that began at Penn State in 1991-92 when he was a graduate assistant.

With Austin coaching its defense, Detroit limited opponents to 17 points or less in 11 games in 2014, the team’s highest total since 1934. The Lions also became the ninth team in NFL history to finish the season allowing less than 70 rushing yards per game.

Over his three seasons in Baltimore, the Ravens led the NFL in passes defenses with 298.

Austin’s other college stops included Wake Forest (1993-95), Syracuse (1996-98) and Michigan (1999-2002).

At Wake Forest, Austin worked under current Lions Head Coach Jim Caldwell for three seasons. At Syracuse, he helped develop future Dolphins cornerback Will Allen.

After being a three-year starter at Pitt, Austin played for the Montreal Machine of the World League of American Football in 1991 after attending training camps with the Washington Redskins and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.

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