I haven’t been able to dig up a picture of offensive lineman Mike Williams and new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan together during their playing days at Texas. I’ve done the internet searches, I’ve called the Texas media relations department, and so far no luck, which is a bummer. The picture above — the 2002 class of outgoing Longhorns — was unearthed by poster Pez over at ExtremeSkins, and gives a bit of the same vibe: that’s Derrick Dockery, fourth from the left in the top row, while Shanahan is second from the left in the middle.
Maybe it’s appropriate that I couldn’t find a picture of Williams and Shanahan, though, because Williams seemed singularly unfazed at the idea of being coached by a former college teammate. “He was like any other teammate,” Williams said, describing the architect of the Houston Texans league-leading passing game, “cool, gets along well.”
Williams — who has already begun his offseason workouts — was actually pretty insistent that there was nothing unusual about this situation.
“It’s just the way it is,” he said. “I don’t think it’s gonna be weird. I mean, every coach has relationships with the players. Somebody that came out of college with you … it just is what it is.”
He continued, “I’ll tell you what, though: he’s got a lot more stuff to think about rather than ‘This guy used to be my peer.’”
And — to head some of the inevitable snarky comments off at the pass — Williams is well aware that there’s no guarantee that he’ll actually be in D.C. to work with his former teammate. “It’s not gonna be, like, ‘Aw, man, my teammate in college is now my coach.’ It doesn’t make a difference. Everybody’s got a job. He’s got a job, I have a job … and, heck, that’s if I’m here.”
Williams stopped, shook his head, and again offered what’s pretty much the offseason mantra of the NFL player: “It is what it is.”
Still, I’d like to find a picture of the two of them, just as a point of pride.
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