Former Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator and Texas wide receiver Kyle Shanahan is new head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. The son of two-time Super Bowl-winning coach Mike Shanahan was rumored to be the next 49ers coach for the last several weeks, but had to wait till after the Atlanta Falcons’ season ended.
That happened in dramatic fashion on Sunday when the Falcons wasted a 28-3 lead in a 34-28 loss that included some questioning of Shanahan’s play-calling.
Regardless, the 49ers stuck by their man and will introduce the coach on Thursday, along with new general manager John Lynch.
Shanahan transferred to Texas following a short stay at Duke and even was quarterback Chris Simms’ roommate in college. Following his playing days, he went into coaching and has since served as the offensive coordinator for the Houston Texans, Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns before moving to Atlanta.
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