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Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (38) / 12/14/1979

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49ers coach Kyle Shanahan plans to hire Bobby Turner as RBs coach but wants to keep Tom Rathman on staff.
Turner was Shanahan's RBs coach in Washington and Atlanta, while Rathman has served as San Francisco's RBs coach since 2009. Shanahan promised he'd bring Turner on wherever he landed, but he obviously respects Rathman as well and wants to keep him on in some capacity. Shanahan doesn't plan on hiring an offensive coordinator so he could probably use an extra hand on offense. Thu, Feb 9, 2017 06:53:00 PM

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New 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan has confirmed he has final say on the 53-man roster.

GM John Lynch apparently has final say over the 90-man roster, free agency and the draft. "None of it matters if you're working with the right guy," Shanahan said of the arrangement. "It was important to have the 53 on paper so the players know. ... There are no hidden agendas with any of us." Shanahan is also coordinating his own offense. It makes for an extremely full plate for a first-time head coach.
Thu, Feb 9, 2017 04:42:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports new 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan plans to also be the team's offensive coordinator.

According to RapSheet, Shanahan's plan is to have QBs coach Rich Scangarello and run-game "guru" Mike McDaniel be his top assistants to help with the offense. Neither Scangarello nor McDaniel has even been hired by the 49ers, yet. It's not new for coaches to call their own plays, but it is new for first-time head coaches to coordinate the offense all week, decide which plays to run on game day, and control the 53-man roster while dealing with a TV-commentator-turned GM. Shanahan has a ton on his plate with this bottom-feeding roster.
Wed, Feb 8, 2017 12:08:00 PM

49ers hired Kyle Shanahan as head coach.

It is not enough to label this #AsExpected. Shanahan was essentially hired three weeks ago, but the two sides had to wait until the Falcons' playoff run ended to make it official. Now that he is formally the head coach, Shanahan will need to start building his staff from a picked-over list of assistants. Like new GM John Lynch, Shanahan landed a six-year deal, suggesting the 49ers understand just how big of a rebuild they are facing.
Mon, Feb 6, 2017 07:20:00 PM

Presumptive 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan preached the importance of finding a franchise quarterback.

"Teams who don’t have one of those guys usually struggle to be there at the end of the year unless they have one of the top defenses in Super Bowl history or NFL history," Shanahan said. "You need a quarterback to consistently be competitive. That’s what everyone is looking for." Finding "one of those guys" will presumably be Shanahan's and GM John Lynch's first order of business when they finally get to work following the Super Bowl. Colin Kaepernick is the only quarterback currently under contract for 2017, and it is likely he opts out or is released before free agency opens in March.
Tue, Jan 31, 2017 10:53:00 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports John Lynch came up with the idea to market himself as a general manager candidate, personally calling Kyle Shanahan to "volunteer for the job."

Lynch, who played for Kyle's dad Mike in Denver, apparently sold Kyle on himself via phone conversation "about a week ago." As Schefter put it, the whopping six-year deal the 49ers gave Lynch is "almost unprecedented" for any NFL general manager, let alone one with zero experience running an organization or evaluating talent. Ultimately, the hiring of Lynch is probably more confirmation that Kyle will be running the show in San Francisco. Lynch is going to have to learn a lot on the job, including how to manage and deal with people, the business side, the draft process, the salary cap, making hirings and firings, and working collaboratively with a widely-disliked ownership group.
Sun, Jan 29, 2017 09:19:00 PM

Updating an earlier report, the 49ers will meet with Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan on Friday.

It was originally reported that Shanahan's second interview for the Niners' head-coaching position would occur on Saturday. After his interview on Friday afternoon, which is just a formality, Shanahan will spend Friday night and Saturday meeting with GM candidates George Paton and Terry McDonough. At long last, the Niners are nearing the end of their month-long coaching search.
Fri, Jan 27, 2017 03:24:00 PM

Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan will meet with the 49ers on Saturday.

Technically an "interview," it's ostensibly a planning session for the 49ers and their future coach, probably about the team's GM vacancy. Barring something completely unforeseen, Shanahan will be headed to the Bay Area following Super Bowl LI. His introductory press conference will probably be on Feb. 7.
Thu, Jan 26, 2017 04:02:00 PM

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said OC Kyle Shanahan will be free to interview for the 49ers' head-coaching vacancy on Saturday.

Shanahan's second interview with the Niners keeps getting pushed back because the Falcons keep on winning. The Falcons will have a normal week of practice before traveling to Houston on Sunday, leaving Shanahan free to interview on Saturday. The Niners' head-coaching job is Shanahan's to lose after most of the other candidates dropped out including Seahawks OL coach Tom Cable and Patriots OC Josh McDaniels.
Mon, Jan 23, 2017 03:03:00 PM

Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan will interview for the 49ers' head-coaching vacancy for a second time next week.

Shanahan will interview on Tuesday if the Falcons lose to the Packers on Sunday, but if Atlanta wins to advance to the Super Bowl, the interview won't be until Friday. Tom Cable and Josh McDaniels both withdrew their names from the Niners' coaching search last week, leaving Shanahan as the odds-on favorite to replace Chip Kelly. The Niners are already talking as if Shanahan has the job, so next week's interview should be just a formality.
Sun, Jan 22, 2017 12:35:00 PM

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.
Wed, Jan 18, 2017 08:21:00 AM

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.
Tue, Jan 17, 2017 05:43:00 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.
Tue, Jan 17, 2017 05:10:00 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.
Mon, Jan 16, 2017 11:40:00 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.
Thu, Jan 12, 2017 03:14:00 PM

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