It's clear San Francisco wants to bring that kind of attack back to the Bay Area. Kyle Shanahan, the Falcons' offensive coordinator and Mike's son, has emerged as the top candidate to become the Niners' next head coach, according to
the San Jose Mercury News.
That became apparent when New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels confirmed Monday morning that he withdrew his candidacy for the position, although it's not clear whether he didn't want the job or learned he was the second choice to Shanahan.
The San Francisco Chronicle
reported that McDaniels could've had the 49ers job but had a change of heart. Here's excerpt: "... McDaniels' reluctance to move his family across the country was also influenced by the 49ers' recent instability. The 49ers have fired their head coach after each of the past three seasons, and have dismissed their head coach in each of their past four non-winning seasons..."
Shanahan, whose scheme and work
with quarterback Matt Ryan enabled the Falcons to score a a franchise record 540 points this season, has already interviewed with San Francisco once. NFL rules prohibit the team from speaking to him again until following next week's
NFC championship game against Green Bay.
He said in a recent interview that he loves his current situation and living in Atlanta and would not take just any head coaching offer.