Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is a talented football coach. He’s established himself as one of the brightest offensive minds in the NFL today. And given the historical offense the Falcons have fielded this season, we knew marginal teams without a head coach would come knocking.
Many head coach vacancies were filled over the last week and for a brief, shining moment, Falcons fans everywhere thought they dodged a bullet. So much for that ...
49ers plan to offer their HC job to Falcons' OC Kyle Shanahan whenever Atlanta’s season ends, sources tell ESPN. Willing to wait for him.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 17, 2017
So there you have it, Falcons fans. The opportunity is there. Whether Shanahan takes it remains to be seen. The 49ers did bounce Chip Kelly after only one season. Maybe Shanahan doesn’t want to adopt a decidedly lackluster roster. Then again, given their draft position, maybe he’d welcome a project. There’s some family history here in that Shanahan’s dad, Mike, was the 49ers offensive coordinator between 1992 and 1994.
Here’s how this will play out going forward. The 49ers want a second interview to take place following Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers. If the Falcons lose that game, Shanahan could officially fill the position in less than a week. If the Falcons defeat the Packers and are headed to the Super Bowl, the 49ers are willing to wait. (Sound familiar, Falcoholics?)
Update: And then there was this ...
According to sources familiar with both parties, it is almost certain that Kyle Shanahan will accept the 49ers' multi-year offer to be HC— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) January 18, 2017