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Team: Atlanta Falcons
Age / DOB:  (37) / 12/14/1979

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NFL Network's Mike Silver reports Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan is "almost certain" to accept the 49ers' offer to become their new head coach.
Reports earlier this week had Patriots OC Josh McDaniels as the 49ers' preferred choice, but he bowed out of the search, and San Francisco has now reached the Shanahan-or-bust level. Shanahan can't officially accept the 49ers' offer until the Falcons' season is over, but all signs point to him getting the job. He's expected to again meet with the Niners after the NFC Championship game -- win or lose -- to have his say in the team's search for a general manager. Jan 18 - 8:21 AM

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the 49ers will offer their head-coaching job to Kyle Shanahan at the conclusion of the Falcons' season.

The sides will reportedly conduct a second interview after the NFC Championship Game. The 49ers can't officially hire Shanahan until the conclusion of the Falcons' playoff run, but it appears there's already a wink/nod agreement. It's why Seahawks executive Trent Kirchner "withdrew" from the general manager search on Tuesday. Kirchner was believed to want to pair up with Seahawks assistant Tom Cable. Successfully coordinating offenses since 2008 in Houston, Shanahan has earned the chance to lead a team.
Jan 17 - 5:43 PM's Ian Rapoport reports it's "clear" Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan is the favorite for the 49ers' head-coaching vacancy.

It appears Seahawks assistant coach Tom Cable could be pulling his name from the running, presumably because he believes he doesn't have a legitimate chance to replace Chip Kelly. Shanahan has done an all-world job with the Falcons' offense this season, and had success wherever he's been, including Cleveland.
Jan 17 - 5:10 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the 49ers are "honing in on" Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan for their head-coaching vacancy.

With Josh McDaniels withdrawing his name from the search, it looks like Shanahan or bust for the Niners. Seahawks OL coach Tom Cable is the only other known candidate for the job. The 49ers have sat on their hands and dragged this search process out with the other five vacancies already filled. If they whiff on Shanahan, things could again be a total disaster in Santa Clara.
Jan 16 - 11:40 AM

ESPN's Alden Gonzalez reports the Rams are likely to pass on interviewing Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan for their head-coaching vacancy.

Weather issues scuttled Shanahan's initially-schedule interview. It could end up being a costly flight cancellation, as Shanahan's options are quickly drying up.
Jan 12 - 3:14 PM

ESPN Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold considers Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan to be the "front-runner" for Denver's head-coaching job.

Most have Dolphins DC Vance Jospeh pegged as the favorite, but he left town Wednesday morning after spending Tuesday wining and dining with John Elway after his formal interview for the job. Joseph is traveling to meet with the Chargers and 49ers the next couple days. It's possible the Broncos are simply waiting it out with Shanahan since the Falcons are still in the playoffs.
Jan 11 - 10:09 AM

According to Mike Klis of 9News Denver, Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan "impressed" in his interview for the Broncos head-coaching vacancy.

Klis also believes Shanahan may have narrowed the "gap" with Dolphins DC Vance Joseph, who most consider the favorite to succeed Gary Kubiak. Shanahan is known to covet the Denver job, wanting to follow in his father's footsteps. He's also interviewed with the Jaguars (who have since hired Doug Marrone) and 49ers and is expected to meet with the Rams sometime next week.
Jan 9 - 11:11 PM

The Rams will interview Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan for their head-coaching vacancy after Atlanta's Divisional Round game against the Seahawks.

The two sides were scheduled to meet this past weekend, but weather issues forced them to cancel their meeting. Shanahan has been connected to four of the six openings and is believed to have serious interest in Denver.
Jan 9 - 11:35 AM

USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports the Rams are working to reschedule their interview with Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan.

The Rams were expected to meet with Shanahan on Saturday after interviewing Patriots coordinators Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia in Foxboro but poor weather conditions prevented them from boarding their flight to Atlanta. With the Falcons set to host Seattle in the Divisional Round next Saturday, the two sides might not be able to meet again until next Sunday. Shanahan should interview with Los Angeles at some point but obviously he has plenty of other options. He's considered a top candidate for the openings in Denver, Jacksonville and San Francisco.
Jan 8 - 12:37 PM

Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan believes he's "definitely" ready for a head-coaching job.

"Yeah, I definitely do,'' Shanahan said. "I think I have been. I think a lot of guys are. It's about (being) given that opportunity and hoping it's the right fit." Shanahan, who interviewed with the Bills two years ago, is meeting with the 49ers, Rams, Jaguars and Broncos over the next two days. Denver is reportedly his preferred destination. It seems all but certain Shanahan will get a promotion.
Jan 5 - 4:30 PM

According to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan is most interested in Denver's head-coaching vacancy.

"The word with people involved in coaching searches and gathering all of this information is that that's the job Shanahan has his eyes on—going to Denver where his father coached," said Garafolo Wednesday on Up to the Minute Live. Of the six coaching vacancies around the league, the Denver job is easily the most appealing. The opportunity for Shanahan to follow in his father's footsteps would just be icing on the cake. Shanahan is also being courted by the 49ers, Jaguars and Rams but if the Broncos offer him a job, we'd be shocked if he turned it down.
Jan 4 - 6:27 PM

9 News Denver's Mike Klis reports Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan will interview for the Broncos' head-coaching vacancy Saturday.

Denver also received permission to interview Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub later this week. Both Shanahan and Toub can do interviews this week since their teams clinched first-round byes for the playoffs. Shanahan has an obvious connection to Denver after his dad, Mike, led the Broncos to two Super Bowl titles. Dolphins DC Vance Joseph is also linked to the job. Shanahan will also interview with L.A., Jacksonville, and San Francisco this weekend.
Jan 3 - 9:04 PM

According to USA Today's Tom Pelissero, Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan will interview for the 49ers' head coaching vacancy.

He also has interviews lined up with the Broncos, Jaguars and Rams. The 49ers' job is probably the least appealing of the four he's interviewing for. Shanahan is likely to land his first head coaching job this offseason after guiding the Falcons to the league's highest-scoring offense in 2016.
Jan 2 - 7:18 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Broncos have requested permission to interview Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan.

Shanahan has already scheduled an interview with the Jaguars, and the Rams are reportedly interested as well. This would be a very interesting move for Shanahan, whose dad Mike won two Super Bowls with current GM John Elway at quarterback in Denver in the late 90s. Kyle also worked with departing coach Gary Kubiak in Houston and runs a similar offense, one his dad helped Kubiak develop when both were in Denver. All of those connections make Kyle a predictable candidate, but he might not want to step into quite so many shadows in his first opportunity to run a team.
Jan 2 - 12:50 PM

Albert Breer of The MMQB reports Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan is "tentatively set" to interview with the Jaguars on Friday.

The Rams have also requested an interview. Outside of Patriots OC Josh McDaniels, who the Jaguars will also interview late in the week, Shanahan might be the hottest coaching candidate this cycle. Able to mold his offense to fit the talent around him, Shanahan would be a good hire for a team which needs to rehab Blake Bortles this offseason. This will likely just be one of many interviews for Shanahan over the Falcons' bye week.
Jan 2 - 8:38 AM

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