Kyle Shanahan is confident that he can run the San Francisco 49ers offense even without an offensive coordinator (OC). According to reports, the new 49ers head coach has no plans of hiring an OC, which most NFL teams have.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the plan for Shanahan is to have quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello and running backs coach Mike McDaniel. Meanwhile, Shanahan wants to run the offense himself.
30 of 32 teams in the NFL have OC’s so far, according to Bleacher Report. The Cleveland Browns under Hue Jackson are the only other team without an OC.
Shanahan doesn’t need an OC
The 49ers already landed Shanahan as head coach during the 2017 NFL Playoffs. But, he could not be formally signed by San Francisco until after the Super Bowl was over. Shanahan was the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons, who lost to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI. The NFL championship game was considered the best ever in league history with Brady leading the Patriots to a comeback win from 25 points down.
Kyle Shanahan will be officially introduced as 49ers head coach on Thursday. Likely one of the questions asked will be the Falcons’ offense performance in Super Bowl LI when they went scoreless for most of the second half.
“It is truly an honor to be named head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, one of the marquee franchises in all of sports. I must thank Jed and the York family for entrusting me with this great privilege and tremendous opportunity. I would also like to express my gratitude to Arthur Blank, Dan Quinn and the Atlanta Falcons organization for their support and the experience of a lifetime,” the 37-year-old stated via the team’s official website.
Lucky Shanahan with the 2nd overall pick in 2017 NFL Draft
Shanahan, along with new general manager hire John Lynch, will try to lead the 49ers back to playoff contention after struggling in recent seasons. San Francisco has missed the postseason for the last three years. They made the Super Bowl in 2013 and the NFC Championship game in 2014.
Last season, the 49ers went 2-14, the second worst record in the entire league. Luckily for Shanahan and Lynch, San Francisco will be picking second overall in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Among the needs for the 49ers are quarterbacks or outside linebackers. Shanahan could choose to get a top QB prospect in the NFL draft or acquire a proven QB via a trade.
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