Shanahan vs. Shanahan not so big any more

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

HOUSTON -- When asked about it this week, Texans offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan downplayed his family ties in tonight's preseason matchup.

It's no big deal when he coaches against his dad's team anymore, certainly not in the preseason.

The Texans handled the Broncos here on Dec. 13 last year, 31-13, though Kyle was only quarterbacks coach then.

But I talked to Denver receiver Brandon Stokley a few weeks ago, and he said Shanahan versus Shanahan will always create a little extra intrigue.

"We played them last year and they took it to us pretty good," he said. "I know coach looks forward to it because his son coaches there and he was with coach Kubiak here for so long in Denver and now you have coach [Alex] Gibbs over there. It's going to be an interesting game, a lot of chess play."

The debut of Gibbs' cut-block heavy run scheme is probably the biggest storyline of the night. I'll tell you how it looks and what players have to say about it.