Quinn: Falcons OC Shanahan free to talk to 49ers on Saturday

Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan will get his first chance to talk to the 49ers when the team is off on Saturday, coach Dan Quinn said Monday.

Shanahan has emerged as the top candidate for San Francisco’s vacant head coaching job. He interviewed with the 49ers during the Falcons’ playoffs bye week and said last week that he looked forward to talking to the 49ers again after the NFC championship game.

The Falcons beat the Packers on Sunday to advance to the Super Bowl against the Patriots on Feb. 5 in Houston. Their league-best offense has continued to excel in the playoffs as news about Shanahan’s job prospects intensified.

“I’m really proud of him because it’s not easy to do when there is a lot of speculation and things going outside of your world to stay dialed in,” Quinn said. “It’s one that should be commended. Being on point and going for it, he totally nailed that.”