Mike Shanahan Would Be the San Francisco 49ers' Perfect Offensive Coordinator

Steven ResnickSenior Writer IJanuary 1, 2009

For the fifth time in five season, the San Francisco 49ers have fired an offensive coordinator. Although, with the coaching change of bringing in Mike Singletary, Mike Martz's fate was doomed once the decision was made to keep Singletary as coach.

For one, Mike Martz isn't really known for utilizing the running game the way that Singletary wanted. Singletary is more of the old-school type coach wanting to run the ball down the throats of the defense, which bodes well for the 49ers, considering Frank Gore has rushed for over 1,000 yards the last three seasons and the 49ers do succeed when Gore gets involved on offense. 

Right now there's a perfect candidate out there for the position. Someone who's already been an assistant before with the 49ers: Mike Shanahan. He would be perfect as the coordinator under Singletary because, like Singletary, he likes to run the ball. 

I believe that with Shanahan, the 49ers could develop Shaun Hill to become an even better passing quarterback as well with the running game being effective.

Also, I believe that with Shanahan and his offense, it's much simpler than Martz's and it could help Hill out and, more than likely, Alex Smith, who will be the backup unless he shows early on why the 49ers selected him as the No. 1 pick. 

It's always a possibility. I have hope that Shanahan may want to return to his roots, but I'm not holding my breath. He more than likely won't take a paycut and will want to be the main man. It's just that he would be the perfect offensive coordinator for the 49ers. 


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