The San Francisco 49ers have turned over most of their coaching staff each of the past three seasons, but this offseason brings with it some stability. The 49ers found considerable success under new head coach Kyle Shanahan, and that means a quiet Black Monday for the first time in a long while.
Shanahan chatted with the media on Tuesday, and he said he expects his coaching staff to remain fairly similar for the coming season.
“I don’t imagine any changes. It’s still early. I haven’t talked to everybody. I know we’ve got a few guys, especially right now, some colleges are interested in and stuff. We’ll see how that plays out. But, I’m hoping there’s no changes.”
According to NFL rules, a team cannot deny an assistant coach a chance to interview for an NFL head coach job. They can deny interviews for a parallel job, or position coach to coordinator. It is worth noting they cannot deny a coach a chance to move down to the college level, so that remains a possibility.
When Shanahan was hired, he could not start the job until after Super Bowl 51. It was a foregone conclusion he would join the 49ers after the Atlanta Falcons’ season was done, but he had a lot to focus on preparing for the Super Bowl. When it came time to form his coaching staff, he was behind the eight ball in many ways. He had some names in mind, including quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello and running backs coach Bobby Turner, but otherwise he had some waiting to do.
There are plenty of areas of improvement on both sides of the roster, but it’s hard not to come away impressed with the job the coaching staff did this year. The 2018 season is when I think the pressure will really pick up for them. The team faces high expectations, and if there are struggles, we could then see some turnover. But in the meantime, things are off to a good start.