News came out that there speculated future coach of the San Francisco 49ers, Kyle Shanahan may want to bring his pops along. If Mike Shanahan were interested in coming to the 49ers in any capacity, Jed York can not turn down that opportunity.
There’s two good roles Shanahan could serve. First is senior adviser. Washington had all sorts of trouble when Shanahan came aboard, salary cap issues being one of them. While Shanahan got fired, he managed to get Washington out of salary cap hell, and have them in a good position for when Jay Gruden took over after his firing.
The other? Offensive coordinator.
If hired, Kyle Shanahan will be the last coaching hire of the NFL, and it’s safe to assume all the potential coordinators will be gobbled up by other organizations (a partial reason the Denver Broncos hired Vance Joseph immediately). With the pickings slim, Kyle Shanahan would get a chance to coach with his father once more (something that was a dream to do in Washington). This would relieve some of the pressure Kyle would have installing his offense as a head coach and he can focus on settling into his new role. After the season is over, Kyle Shanahan can have a pick of the litter for who wants to come and watch what he installed and his dad can either step away, go into the front office, or stick around in some other capacity (maybe he wants to be an OC for a few years and not have to worry about the extra stuff that comes with head coaching?).
Whatever road the 49ers take, bringing Mike Shanahan in makes plenty of sense, and it’s not so much nepotism as it’s having an experienced football mind in the building.
We’ll see if anything comes of this, but there’s absolutely no downside to having the elder Shanahan on the team.
Let’s get to the links:
Freeman: “Everybody knows what’s going on” with Shanahan (Pro Football Talk)
Former 49ers coordinator lands with Broncos (Biderman)
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