The San Francisco 49ers are going to interview Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan this weekend, according to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport. He tweeted that Shanahan is expected to interview with the 49ers, Rams, Jaguars, and Broncos. Tom Pelissero has followed up reporting an interview will happen.
The Falcons have a first round bye in the 2017 NFL playoffs, so this week marks the only time teams can hold a first interview with Shanahan until Atlanta is eliminated from the playoffs (or wins the Super Bowl). If a team decides it wants a second interview with Shanahan, they would have to wait until Atlanta is eliminated, or during the bye week if advance to the Super Bowl.
Kyle Shanahan and Josh McDaniels are the two most notable names on the coaching market this year. McDaniels has prior head coaching experience, while Shanahan has grown up around football his whole life thanks to his father.
Shanahan started his career as a graduate assistant at UCLA. He was offensive quality control coordinator in Tampa Bay from 2004 to 2005. He was wide receivers coach in Houston in 2006, then quarterbacks coach in 2007, and finally offensive coordinator in 2008 and 2009. He joined his dad in Washington, serving as OC from 2010 to 2013. He was OC in Cleveland in 2014, but abruptly quit at the end of the season and has been the Falcons OC the past two seasons. I’m working on getting more information from our Falcons blogger, but Shanahan is getting a lot of credit for the offense taking a big step forward this year.