The Atlanta Falcons are conducting their media availability for the 2017 NFC title game, and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan met with the media Thursday afternoon. Naturally, he was asked about the San Francisco 49ers job, and where things stand. I’ve posted tweets from Jeanna Thomas of The Falcoholic down below.
Shanahan said he is excited about the job, but that the 49ers have not made an offer. He did acknowledge he will talk to them next week.
The fact that he said an offer is not on the table does not really mean a whole lot right now. The 49ers cannot hire him until his season is over, but there will be negotiations about a contract. I would be surprised if some basic framework details had not been discussed, and next week I have to think they’ll get into the real nitty-gritty. They might not have a signed contract next week, but if Kyle Shanahan is going to become the next head coach of the 49ers, they will have everything short of that figured out by the time they wrap things up next week. It might involve some additional chatting with Shanahan’s agent, but they will work to get this done.
Kyle's addressing the SF job, says he's definitely excited about that but he doesn't know what the situation is with that.— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) January 19, 2017
Kyle says the rules keep him from talking to SF right now, so he does plan to talk to them next week when it's permitted, and that's it.— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) January 19, 2017
Kyle says there's definitely no understanding that an offer is on the table. Looking forward to talking to SF again, though.— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) January 19, 2017
Kyle says the rules have made it very simple for him. Also says this time with the Falcons is the coolest moment of his career.— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) January 19, 2017
Kyle says it's not a distraction. Says he used to hate the rules, but now loves them because the rules make it easy for him to focus on ATL.— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) January 19, 2017