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NFL Playoffs: 49ers’ interest on Kyle Shanahan not a distraction to the Atlanta Falcons

By Peter Erick Magbanua@dakelsmb on
49ers’ interest on Kyle Shanahan not a distraction to the Atlanta Falcons
The 49ers express interest in Atlanta Falcons’ offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who is part of coaches on their short list.

San Francisco 49ers continues looking for Chip Kelly’s replacement promises it won’t affect teams in the playoffs. The 49ers express interest in Atlanta Falcons’ offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who is part of coaches on their short list.

The 49ers are looking for improvement on offense which forms part of their search for their new head coach. According to Peter Panacy of Ninernoise.com, Shanahan got the 49ers attention after transforming the Falcons’ offense into a playoff contender. Panacy added that aside from Shanahan, the 49ers are also keeping an eye on Josh McDaniels of the Patriots.

Shanahan’s advantage

The fact the Denver Broncos also considered Shanahan for the coaching position says big of his credentials. Though Shanahan has never served as a head coach, but being an offensive coordinator simply strengthens his efficiency to lead a team. Before the Falcons, Shanahan served with the Texans, the Redskins, and the Browns.

The 37-year old Shanahan knows that in accepting the 49ers’ job, he comes in without a solid offensive line. The offseason would be a short time for him to rebuild especially with the uncertainty of Colin Kaepernick as well. But with a proven track record, Shanahan could be a contender for the job.

Once hired, it’s a great adjustment for Shanahan on handling an entire team and not just a section of it. Part of the expectation is to transform the 49ers offense worthy of bringing wins to their franchise. Aside from that, the 49ers need to strengthen their defense as well to surpass their run this season.

Many thought Shanahan was a fit with the Broncos, but thought otherwise and went for Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph. The 49ers have a chance of getting Shanahan, but that remains if CEO Jed York gives his blessings. Aside from Shanahan, the 49ers also have an interest in the Falcons’ assistant general manager Scott Pioli. Thus, getting both men would bring instant change for the 49ers next season.

Shanahan not distracted by 49ers’ offer

For Shanahan, his main goal is to help the Falcons in their preparations for hosting the Seattle Seahawks this Saturday. Aside from the 49ers and the Broncos, Shanahan also has interviews with the Jaguars and the Rams. He added that the bye week helps him arrange the interview schedules and does not distract his job at hand.

“I am not worried about it because it’s not an option for me anyways. We’re totally locked into this game this weekend. There’s really zero else on our minds,” Shanahan said.

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The 49ers could not schedule another round of interview with Shanahan not until after the NFC championship. This would give time for Shanahan to contemplate his options and time for the 49ers to consider him as well.

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