ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting the San Francisco 49ers are planning on offering Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan the Niners’ head coaching spot when Atlanta’s season comes to a close.
San Francisco 49ers fans can probably breathe a little easier knowing the Niners are willing to sit and wait for the Atlanta Falcons’ 2016 season to come to a close.
Tuesday afternoon, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the Niners are going to make an offer to Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to take over as San Francisco’s head coach in 2017. And the Niners are willing to wait it out until Atlanta either wins Super Bowl LI or is eliminated from the postseason.
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49ers plan to offer their HC job to Falcons' OC Kyle Shanahan whenever Atlanta’s season ends, sources tell ESPN. Willing to wait for him.
Additionally, Schefter reported the Niners will request a second interview with Shanahan following the NFC Championship game this weekend.
The Niners had whittled down the head coaching search to two candidates — Shanahan and Seattle Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable — after New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels withdrew himself from consideration earlier this week.
A lot could still go wrong for this presumed Shanahan-to-San Francisco deal.
It’s possible the Falcons offensive coordinator would like to stay in Atlanta and wait for a better coaching spot to open up in 2018. Or, perhaps, the amount of money and/or power Shanahan would request would be too much for York and Co.