New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will not be taking the San Francisco 49ers head coaching gig, as news broke Monday morning. That leaves two candidates left — Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and Seattle Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable.
The San Francisco 49ers’ search for a new head coach experienced a bit of a hiccup Monday morning, when news of New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels’ decision to decline any offer made by the Niners broke.
The Niners have taken their time searching for both a new head coach and general manager. And the wait might be costing CEO Jed York and Co.
Two interviewed candidates are left on the list — Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and Seattle Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable.
Shanahan is certainly the better pick of the two. While never having served as a head coach at the NFL level, his offenses have done notably well during his coordinating tenure. The 2016 Falcons, set to meet with the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game, boasted the top-scoring offense in the NFL this past year during the regular season.
San Francisco can’t make any official announcement with Shanahan as long as the Falcons are still in the playoffs.
On the other hand, York could make an official offer to Cable, whose Seahawks were eliminated by Atlanta over the weekend. But, as Niners Wire’s Chris Biderman described, such a move would be rather controversial, given Cable’s past.
And such a hiring likely wouldn’t go over well with Niners fans either.