Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan Frontrunner To Land 49ers HC Position

Mathew BarnettJan 17, 2017

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels withdrew from consideration to become the next head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.

Multiple outlets reported Monday that the 49ers are zeroing in on Shanahan, offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons and one of three known candidates to interview with owner Jed York for the job, which is open for the fourth time in four years.

Of course, this might be as much about the 49ers' job as anything else, although McDaniels said nice things about the job and meeting with the team's higher-ups. "Again, humbled to be included in that process".

This is certainly great news for the Patriots, as they will be playing the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship Game.

49ers are - and have been - honing in on hiring Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan as their HC, per sources.

Who the hell knows the extent to which McDaniels was in competition with Shanahan to get hired, and whether it was he or the 49ers organization or some combination of the two that made the decision he'd stay in New England. He went 8-8 in his first season before being fired in 2010 in the middle of the season after a 3-9 start. New England, which defeated Pittsburgh 27-16 on October 23, is playing in its sixth consecutive AFC title game, an National Football League record. Thanks to McDaniels, the Patriots' offense has been really impressive this season with and without Tom Brady.

The relationship McDaniels has with ESPN analyst Louis Riddick could mean the two of them are going to be joined at the hip for the 2017 season and beyond (more on that here).

Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia had also interviewed for the head coaching positions in Los Angeles and San Diego, both of which have been filled.

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