The 49ers got their man.
A decision that was weeks in the making ended Monday, when the Niners announced they’ve hired Kyle Shanahan, formerly the offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons.
“Throughout this process, we learned many things about Kyle that convinced us he is the perfect coach to lead this team,” CEO Jed York said in a release. “Over the years, he has proven to be one of the brightest minds in the game of football and his recent success speaks for itself.”
1⃣️ 2⃣️ Pro Bowl players
6⃣️ 1,000+ yard receivers
5⃣️ All Pro players
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Throughout the search process, York stressed the importance of his next head coach and general manager working well together.
So, it comes to no surprise that 49ers GM John Lynch, who once played for Shanahan’s father, Mike, in Denver, sung Shanahan’s praises.
“As an offensive mind, I think he stands alone in the National Football League, as evidenced by the explosive and record-setting offense in Atlanta,” Lynch said. “Though he grew up around coaching, what has most impressed me about Kyle is that he’s become his own man in the profession. Our philosophies on football and our visions for leading the 49ers back to being a championship team align in every way.”
Shanahan has been under fire since the Falcons blew a 25-point lead in the Super Bowl on Sunday, partly because they couldn’t score a field goal in the fourth quarter after the New England Patriots failed to recover an onside kick.
But, the opportunity in Santa Clara represents a promotion and opportunity to lead a team himself, something that — when combined with the franchise’s pedigree — was too much to turn down after being tabbed by York and Paraag Marathe weeks ago.
“As a young man, I had the unique benefit of being exposed to the storied history of the San Francisco 49ers firsthand,” Shanahan said. “From that exposure, I developed great respect for those who created a world-class, championship standard. As this team begins the task of reestablishing that standard, I could not ask for a better partner than John Lynch.”
The team will formally introduce their 20th head coach in its history later this week.