NFL News: Kyle Shanahan to become San Francisco 49ers head coach after Atlanta Falcons season

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Kyle Shanahan is one of the top contenders for the San Francisco 49ers head coaching job, according to the latest NFL news. Currently the Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator, Shanahan is up against Seattle Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable for the 49ers’ open position.

But new reports state the Shanahan is the frontrunner for the job in San Francisco and is nearing a deal. Other candidates have reportedly bowed out of the race like Josh McDaniels (New England Patriots offensive coordinator).

Shanahan to 49ers done, but not official

Nothing is final because the Falcons are still playing in the 2017 NFL postseason. Atlanta takes on the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game.

Ian Rapoport of tweeted on Tuesday that nothing is official from Tom Cable and Shanahan is the front runner. But Rapoport immediately had updates by Tuesday night stating that it’s now official that Shanahan is moving to the 49ers at season’s end.

It’s likely that both teams involved and Shanahan won’t address the latest rumors until the Falcons season is over. Rapoport added on Tuesday that the Shanahan to San Francisco deal is official. Cable will return to his job with the Seahawks.

Rapoport stated that the 49ers are expected to meet with top general manager choices and will consult with Shanahan. Under Shanahan, the Falcons’ offense is one of the most dangerous in the league. The 49ers are also looking for a new general manager. Shanahan is expected to have an input on that decision.

The 37-year-old Kyle Shanahan is the son of Mike Shanahan, a former head coach for the Denver Broncos, Washington Redskins and Los Angeles Raiders. The 49ers went 2-14 last season, one of the worst records in the league. With Shanahan around, the team is hoping for a turnaround next year.

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