McDaniels, Cable Bow Out: 49ers Reportedly To Offer HC Job To Kyle Shanahan When They Can
Bill Belichick won't last forever -- I mean, if Frodo can somehow make it to Mount Doom and throw that ring into the fire. And Josh McDaniels knows that. So there's a very real chance that he could become the next head coach of the Patriots.
So of course he turned down the 49ers today, taking his name out of the running in their coaching quest. Why he interviewed in the first place is kind of a mystery.
That leaves Kyle Shanahan, current OC of the Falcons, as the last man standing. He has been scheduled for a second interview with the Niners, who are reportedly ready to hire him once the Falcons lose in the playoffs. He's the son of Mike Shanahan, who forever will own a special place in my heart for once ordering quarterback Elvis Grbac to throw a football at Al Davis' head.
How good has Shanahan been in Atlanta? QB Matt Ryan finished the season with a 117.1 passer rating, fourth-highest in league history. And with 338 yards passing and three touchdown passes in a win over the Seahawks last week, that's a 125.7 PR. Atlanta ranked second in the NFL in total offense this season (422.0), trailing only the Cowboys (429.0), and were second and fifth, respectively, in passing and rushing.
Shanahan is only 37, has tons of coaching experience, a great pedigree, and proven performance. He spent a part of his childhood in the Bay Area. Plus he has integrity: He resigned as offensive coordinator of the Browns in 2015 after management ordered him to start Johnny Manziel. He'd be a great hire.
But, once again Jed York has painted himself into a corner. The Niners have no hand. They had better be willing to pay this guy, or he's not coming.
The only other candidate left on the table was former Raiders head coach and current Seahawks assistant head coach Tom Cable, last week, but Cable just announced that he would be staying with the Seahawks.
If Shanahan says no, the Niners are back to the starting line.
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