Kyle Shanahan Named Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist

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The San Francisco 49ers announced on Monday they have agreed to terms with Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to become their next head coach.

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York Comments on Shanahan Signing

Monday, Feb. 6

“This is a very exciting day for the San Francisco 49ers and our fans,” said 49ers CEO Jed York. “Throughout this process, we learned many things about Kyle that convinced us he is the perfect coach to lead this team. Over the years, he has proven to be one of the brightest minds in the game of football, and his recent success speaks for itself. Kyle’s leadership has brought the best out of his players at every phase of his career, and we look forward to watching him build a talented staff to accomplish the same with our players."


Shanahan to Take 49ers Job

Friday, Jan. 27

Shanahan will meet with 49ers CEO Jed York and vice president Paraag Marathe on Jan. 27 in Atlanta, per Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area.

The Falcons are "convinced" Shanahan will accept the 49ers head coaching position, Maiocco reported Jan. 18. Michael Silver of NFL Network first reported Jan. 17 that Shanahan is expected to accept the gig. 

Maiocco reported Jan. 20 that Shanahan isn't expected to ask for full personnel control. On Sunday, however, La Canfora reported it's "likely" Shanahan will get control over the roster.

The 49ers' plan is to extend an offer to Shanahan when Atlanta's season concludes, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Jan. 17. He added the 49ers are expected to request a second interview after the NFC Championship Game.

Schefter reported Jan. 23 the 49ers will meet with Shanahan on Jan. 27 or 28.

On Jan. 2, Rapoport reported the franchise would meet with Shanahan on Jan. 6 or 7.


Cable Bows Out of 49ers' Hunt

Tuesday, Jan. 17

Doug Hendrickson, the agent of Seattle Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable, said the coach is no longer interested in the job opening.

Rapoport had reported earlier that Cable was "still in the mix" for the 49ers head coaching job, even though Shanahan has emerged as the front-runner for the position.

On Jan. 15, the 49ers announced they met with Cable.

Schefter reported on the interview Jan. 8.

On Jan. 2, Maiocco first reported San Francisco's interest in Cable.


McDaniels Withdraws from 49ers' Search

Monday, Jan. 16

"They did a great job with their presentation and, again, humbled to be included in that process and at this time it's just best for my family and myself to remain here in New England and focus on this year's playoffs and finish out the year however it turns out," McDaniels told reporters on a conference call Monday.

Earlier, La Canfora reported McDaniels was "very unlikely" to take the 49ers job and was "set to bow out from consideration and remain with the Patriots." La Canfora added that McDaniels "has given the 49ers situation much consideration and his dropping out not a reflection on them, just a personal decision."

La Canfora reported the 49ers were "very much interested" in McDaniels, but for him, a potential cross-country move with a young family was "not likely."

The 49ers announced they interviewed McDaniels on Jan. 7

Jason Cole of Bleacher Report reported Jan. 7 there was "increasing talk that [McDaniels] and Louis Riddick are actually tied to each other for a coach-GM pairing," with San Francisco as the destination being discussed.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle also reported the 49ers were McDaniels' preferred destination. The 49ers appealed to him because of their "clean-slate situation and [York's] stated commitment to patiently rebuilding," per Branch.

Cole reported Jan. 4 that McDaniels was the 49ers' top candidate:

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On Jan. 2, Schefter and Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee identified McDaniels as an early candidate.

McDaniels, 40, was widely expected to be among the hottest coaching candidates this offseason. He previously served as the Denver Broncos' head coach for part of two seasons in 2009 and 2010. Denver went 11-17 during McDaniels' tenure, and he has spent the last six years rebuilding his reputation as one of the NFL's brightest offensive minds.

McDaniels returned to the Patriots as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2012, a post he held from 2006 to 2008. New England has scored more points than any other team over that stretch, ranking fourth or better in scoring offense in each of the last five seasons.

Football Outsiders has ranked the Patriots sixth or better in total offense every season since McDaniels' return.

While much of that can be attributed to the greatness of Tom Brady, McDaniels was able to impress during the Patriots' four-game stretch without their star quarterback in 2016. The Patriots started 3-1 without Brady despite backup Jimmy Garoppolo going down with an injury.

LeGarrette Blount led the NFL with 18 rushing touchdowns, and Brady put together an MVP-level performance after returning in Week 5. Only the Atlanta Falcons finished with more regular-season points, and New England clinched the AFC's top seed with a win Sunday over the Miami Dolphins.

McDaniels discussed a potential return to head coaching duties with reporters in November:

I've said it before and I'll say it again: I definitely would love to be a head coach again. There are only 32 of those in the world. They are opportunities that don't come around very often, and if you would ever be so fortunate and blessed to have another opportunity to do it—for myself, it would be a second time—that would be an opportunity I would look forward to.


Multiple Candidates Reportedly Open to York's Plans

Thursday, Jan. 12

Cole tweeted McDaniels and Shanahan "have told people they are very comfortable with how [York] plans to change direction of team."


McDermott Interviewed with 49ers

Tuesday, Jan. 10

Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott met with the 49ers, the team announced, per Maiocco. However, McDermott landed in Buffalo, taking the head coaching role with the Bills.


McVay Reportedly Impressive in Interview

Monday, Jan. 9

Silver reported Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay "crushed" his interview with the 49ers.

However, McVay eventually took the head coaching job with the Los Angeles Rams.


49ers Were Interested in Lynn

Wednesday, Jan. 4

The 49ers announced they interviewed Buffalo Bills interim head coach Anthony Lynn on Jan. 4.

Rapoport first reported Lynn would interview with the 49ers on Jan. 4. Rapoport noted Lynn "made a positive impression" when he last met with the franchise.

Lynn would eventually take the head coaching role with the Los Angeles Chargers.


Joseph Met with 49ers

Tuesday, Jan. 3

NFL Insider Rand Getlin reported Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph was set to meet with the 49ers regarding their head coach opening. On Jan. 2, Maiocco reported Joseph was a target for San Francisco.

However, Joseph eventually accepted the head coaching job with the Broncos.


49ers Showed Interest in Marrone

Monday, Jan. 2

Maiocco reported the 49ers were interested in Jacksonville Jaguars interim coach Doug Marrone. However, the Jaguars opted to bring Marrone back as head coach.


Shanahan Faces Uphill Battle

The 49ers went 2-14 during Kelly's only season, a miserable run that seemed doomed from the outset. Kelly inherited a roster no coach alive could have won with and did little to coach his players up. His most admirable bit of coaching was an improvement in player relationships—especially in his support of controversial quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Shanahan will be walking into a situation that is dysfunctional at best, though it is likely on the rise after the departure of general manager Trent Baalke.

         

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