San Francisco 49ersReport: 49ers Find Their Coach in Shanahan

January 19, 2017

NFL, San Francisco 49ers

USA Today photo: Kyle Shannon with headset will roam the San Francisco 49ers sidelines next season as the team’s head coach according to multiple sources

By: Joe Lami

SANTA CLARA–Multiple reports are coming out that the San Francisco 49ers have found their new head coach, Kyle Shanahan. Shanahan is the son of long-time NFL coach, Mike and has been flying up the football ranks in his young career.

The 37-year old will be taking on his fifth job since 2008, but his first head coaching job, as he has been the offensive coordinator for the Houston Texans, Washington Redskins, Clevland Browns, and Atlanta Falcons.

Currently, with Atlanta, Shanahan cannot be named the head coach of the 49ers until they are officially eliminated from playoff contention, which could be as soon as Sunday, where the Falcons host the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship. If Atlanta advances to the Super Bowl, San Francisco will need to wait another two weeks to make the announcement.

The decision of Shanahan is a great one, as the young offensive minded coach has enough experience leading to where he has definitely deserved his opportunity. He was the most desired coach available, after Josh McDaniels, who ended up backing out of the 49ers conversation to stay with New England another year.

A lot is going to be expected of Shanahan to turn around this organization that is looking at their fourth coach in four years, but with the right man for the job, the 49ers could finally possibly get something built in Santa Clara, besides their $1 billion stadium.

.Now, while the 49ers have reportedly found their man in Shanahan, they still seek out his boss, the general manager. Once again, York isn’t sticking to his promise of not leading football operations by making this strange move of hiring the coach before the GM, but with the terrible relationship between Trent Baalke and Chip Kelly, he must view this as the only solution.


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