All indications are that the Niners top brass have narrowed the head coaching search down to one person … Kyle Shanahan. Shanahan is the is the son of former Boncos head coach Mike Shanahan. Kyle is the successful offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons and has been in the NFL since 2004 working his way up from offensive quality control coordinator under John Gruden.
A perk that goes with this job is that Kyle Shanahan will also have a large say in who the Niners hire as GM. There seems to be only four GM canadates left in the running with the strong favorites coming from Green Bay front office.
The hold up on an official announcement is the fact that the Packers and Falcons are playing Sunday in the NFC Championship game and personnel cannot be hired until their respective team has finished its season. In this case the head coach or GM position may not be finalized until after the Super Bowl.
Will this new dynamic duo revitalize the 49ers and instill a winning culture. Only time will tell but it is clear that ownership dries a winning culture and its likely that the coach and GM will have complete control of the football operation and the resources to attract quality players.
The first order of business will be for each to hire a staff and then to begin the evaluation process of the current players, free agent and potential draft choices. Its likely some players will not be back in 2017. Its also likely that some of the front office will be let go in order to bring in people who are more invested in the head coach and GM’s new philosophy and culture.
What will be interesting is to watch what the level of support upper management to the changes gives Shanahan and his GM as they bring changers to the 49ers organization. As Jim Harbaugh found winning isn’t everything to the 49ers ownership group they also desire a certain level of community and social involvement and cooperation.