49ers Officially Hire Kyle Shanahan as Head Coach

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A day after the Atlanta Falcons’ loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI, the San Francisco 49ers have officially hired ex-Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan as their next head coach. The details of his contract were not released.

Shanahan was hired as the offensive coordinator for the Falcons in 2015, and he developed the team into the highest-scoring offense in the 2016 season. He has also spent time as an offensive coordinator with the Houston Texans, Washington Redskins, and the Cleveland Browns.

The 49ers hope Shanahan can revamp the team, as they went 2-14 this season and fired head coach Chip Kelly after one season. According to reports, Shanahan will have full control of the 53-man roster and one of his jobs will be to determine the quarterback situation. There are rumors that Shanahan will target Patriots’ quarterback (QB) Jimmy Garoppolo, Redskins’ QB Kirk Cousins, or Falcons’ QB Matt Schaub.

The Falcons announced that Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will be their next offensive coordinator.