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Report: Mike Shanahan to interview with 49ers on Wednesday

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When the 49ers were looking for a head coach last offseason, they interviewed Mike Shanahan.

The 49ers are looking for a head coach again this offseason and they will reportedly be talking to Shanahan again. Dianna Marie Russini of ESPN reports that Shanahan will meet with the team on Wednesday.

Shanahan has history with the 49ers after serving as their offensive coordinator from 1992 to 1994. He moved on to become the head coach of the Broncos and won a pair of Super Bowls in Denver. His last head coaching stint with the Redskins from 2010 to 2013 yielded one division title in 2012 before ending in acrimony the next year.

The 49ers aren’t the only team talking to Shanahan this time around. He interviewed with the Dolphins on Tuesday and could wind up on other lists as teams scour the available options in hopes that they won’t repeat the 49ers’ back-to-back coaching searches.

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46 Responses to “Report: Mike Shanahan to interview with 49ers on Wednesday”
  1. natureboy123 says: Jan 5, 2016 4:34 PM

    If they hire Shanahan, they’ll be doing this again in like two years — not because he can’t coach, but because he’s in his 60s.

  2. touchdownroddywhite says: Jan 5, 2016 4:37 PM

    Shanahan drafting Cousins probably helps his stock quite a bit now that he’s playing at a high level and does quite a bit to absolve him of at least some of the mess that he was a part of in DC

  3. dcapettini says: Jan 5, 2016 4:38 PM

    Shanahan is a pretty smart guy. The 49ers coach is almost guaranteed to fail and be replaced soon. The only way he would take this position is with a bunch of guaranteed money, which I don’t think Jed is willing to pay. Jed is going to have to either go with someone unconventional (e.g. Jim Harbaugh was unconventional) or somebody just looking for a paycheck. Can you imagine working for those idiots? Maybe when no one is interested in the position, he will wise up.

  4. niners816 says: Jan 5, 2016 4:39 PM

    Sean Payton or we riot!! Well, more like complain and moan about it. Payton is a Parcells guy and so is Baalke. It makes perfect sense, so that’s why he will screw it up. York and Baalke suck.

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 5, 2016 4:41 PM

    Blaine Gabbert looking forward to his seventh different head coach as he finishes his fifth season in the league. He probably knows more about offensive systems than any of the coaching candidates out there, just turned 26.

  6. joenash72 says: Jan 5, 2016 4:52 PM

    Mike Holmgren for the win😉

  7. toonsterwu says: Jan 5, 2016 4:52 PM

    I think the Niners position needs at least a rebuild year, namely to grab a QB of the future to groom for a year. On the whole, if Shanahan is allowed to pick his QB there (admittedly he had his failures in DC with … uh John Beck, Rex, and others), he’ll more than likely be able to mold a solid offense, particularly if Carlos Hyde is healthy. Could work, but they have to address the QB position early in the draft (Connor Cook in the 3rd/4th rounds seems to make some sense as a fit).

    Wouldn’t be surprised if Shanahan looked to bring Kyle in and sort of set him up again.

  8. collectordude says: Jan 5, 2016 4:53 PM

    Finally, a viable candidate!

  9. kane337 says: Jan 5, 2016 4:54 PM

    They should hire Steve Young.

  10. pastanow says: Jan 5, 2016 4:59 PM

    Good hire him and take Kyle too.

  11. braceyourselffor12 says: Jan 5, 2016 5:02 PM

    Run Mike! Run for your life! Get some help!

  12. 94niners says: Jan 5, 2016 5:09 PM

    Shanahan knows QBs. Brian Griese went to the Pro Bowl under him. So did RGIII. He would be a good second choice if Payton doesn’t pick us.

  13. ninerfan81 says: Jan 5, 2016 5:12 PM

    we need a younger guy with the energy to build…like an Adam Gase type…this is a 5 yr project at least…the more important issue is how the GM uses the 12 picks and $52M in cap space…Payton is probably the wisest choice but I cant imagine him being super engaged if the owner starts annoying him in the beginning of year 2…he’ll walk.

  14. 44mpo says: Jan 5, 2016 5:15 PM

    I don’t understand the slobberfest over shannarat. Yes he won two S.B. with teams loaded above the cap (why these two S.B. don’t have * attached to them is beyond me). His later years in Denver were terrible as was his time with the Redskins (ohh, I used the R word)
    He just seems highly over rated.

  15. tformation says: Jan 5, 2016 5:18 PM

    Somebody moaned: “because he’s in his 60s.”

    Plenty of good head coaches in their 60s, mate. I’m not a 49er fan, but the elder Shanny sounds like a better fit for the team than young failure machines like Eric Mangini or Josh McDaniels.

  16. laurencejn says: Jan 5, 2016 5:19 PM

    Are the 49ers aware that this does not fulfill their obligations of the Rooney Rule? He’s not black, just ridiculously tan year round!

  17. danceformemarionetteboy says: Jan 5, 2016 5:21 PM

    If I was a Whiners’ fan I’d be encouraged with this possibility.

    There just aren’t that many good NFL coaches outside of Seattle.

  18. rosstuckershair says: Jan 5, 2016 5:22 PM

    And without any hesitation Shanahan will sign RG Knee when he is a free agent this summer to compete with Kap…)))

  19. jonathankrobinson424 says: Jan 5, 2016 5:28 PM

    …….For sale…..4 used tires from 1979… tread, bald in fact, but it’s a brand name !!!!!!!!

  20. NHL94 says: Jan 5, 2016 5:37 PM

    Noooooooooo! I would rather see the Niners get Chip Kelly than Shanahan.

    The Niners need somebody like Coughlin who is not afraid of calling out players. But his age is definitely a factor. Adam Gase would be a nice fit.

  21. northernpackfan says: Jan 5, 2016 5:53 PM

    ninerfan81 says:
    Jan 5, 2016 5:12 PM
    we need a younger guy with the energy to build…like an Adam Gase type…this is a 5 yr project at least…the more important issue is how the GM uses the 12 picks and $52M in cap space…Payton is probably the wisest choice but I cant imagine him being super engaged if the owner starts annoying him in the beginning of year 2…he’ll walk.
    There is no way York is willing to give Baalke and his new HC 5 more years to build a winner. If they don’t have a team that’s competitive in the postseason, both of them will be kicked to the curb by the end of 2018 (if not earlier).

    York is going to look for a win-now kind of coach, and while Gase might be able to do it, I doubt that he comes in and experiences instant success, as any green HC is going to have to go through some growing pains.

  22. JSpicoli says: Jan 5, 2016 5:55 PM

    Please, please hire this man 49ers.

    –The 510

  23. jsbrasha says: Jan 5, 2016 5:55 PM

    Watched him very closely for a few years with the Skins and my conclusion is capable coach with a toxic personality.
    He wasn’t to blame for all of the dysfunction when he was here, but he should have shouldered some of it and instead threw everybody and anybody under the bus.
    I’d choose Peyton or Coughlin over him every day of the week.

  24. JSpicoli says: Jan 5, 2016 5:56 PM

    Only won at any elevated level when he had Terrell Davis for 3-4 of the best RB years ever. He could not get over the top with just Elway.

    Please hire this stiff Jed.

  25. yyc2phx says: Jan 5, 2016 6:00 PM

    Game has passed him by.. The rehiring in the good ole boys network is as bad as the “Rooney Rule

  26. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 5, 2016 6:03 PM

    Yee Gods I can’t believe anyone is considering hiring this retread. He may have been a good coach once upon a time but that was years ago.

  27. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 5, 2016 6:05 PM

    “Only won at any elevated level when he had Terrell Davis for 3-4 of the best RB years ever. He could not get over the top with just Elway.”

    And by paying them both under the table and getting busted for cap violations with serious penalties to the Donks both their SB winning years as a result.

  28. smacklayer says: Jan 5, 2016 6:05 PM

    Mike Shanahan has ridiculous sharp teeth. Once in Denver I saw him carve through a 18inch solid conifer pine in under two minutes.

  29. grandstandrice says: Jan 5, 2016 6:06 PM

    Good fit. Nothing there for him to screw up.

  30. 6250claimer says: Jan 5, 2016 6:07 PM

    @44mpo says:
    I don’t understand the slobberfest over shannarat.
    There’s only one “n” in “Shanarat”. Otherwise, the spelling (and the rest of your take) are spot-on.

  31. jdbaker01 says: Jan 5, 2016 6:15 PM

    Shanahan might not take the job but his teeth will.

  32. abninf says: Jan 5, 2016 6:18 PM

    niners816 says:
    Jan 5, 2016 4:39 PM
    Sean Payton or we riot!!

    I don’t think he wants to live in San Francisco.

  33. lambeaudungbarn says: Jan 5, 2016 6:23 PM

    I hope the Redskins and 49ers have learned their lesson for letting a few lazy, Racist players turn the Locker Room against their Head Coach like Hainsworth did in Washington, and They did in San Fransisco against Harbaugh! any player doing this should be cut and kicked out of the league for a Season!

  34. abqhawk says: Jan 5, 2016 6:37 PM

    Hey Shanahan, I know where you can make $14mil for one year, even if you really blow it.

  35. generayburn78 says: Jan 5, 2016 6:45 PM

    49ers brass wouldn’t get along with Shanahan. Personality is too strong. 9ers best option is to hope that Jim Caldwell gets fired, then sign him immediately. Caldwell won’t make a single wave in SF while gladly cashing those paychecks.

  36. conflictedobserver says: Jan 5, 2016 6:57 PM

    meeting is now over the phone and not in person and wednesday is up in the air at best re meeting san fran.
    dolphins are going to offer him the whole cheeseburger combo and he’s going. one last time for mike to ring the bell.

  37. nomoreseasontix says: Jan 5, 2016 7:07 PM

    Please let this hire happen.
    That would be so entertaining. And let them be on”Hard knocks”…

  38. jobo50 says: Jan 5, 2016 7:36 PM

    Retreads!! AMAZING Just RETIRE MIKE oh i forgot you are already!!

  39. jchipwood says: Jan 5, 2016 7:38 PM

    Smart man he’s going to Miami. He’s just playing Ross like a fiddle for more money.

  40. Ferdinand says: Jan 5, 2016 7:39 PM

    Why not destroy what little is left of Kaepernick with his reckless disregard for player safety now that he has destroyed Griffin?

  41. corporatemediaprostitute says: Jan 5, 2016 8:58 PM

    What a racket.

  42. raiderapologist says: Jan 5, 2016 9:10 PM

    The Niners deserve him.

  43. GenXJay says: Jan 5, 2016 9:16 PM

    Mike, go away.

  44. njraiderfan19 says: Jan 5, 2016 10:27 PM

    The Niners front office couldn’t handle Harbaugh, but they’ll interview THIS megalomaniac?!?!?
    Even worse, he has had what, two decent seasons since Elway retired?!?! He’s one of the most overrated coaches in modern NFL history.

  45. intrafinesse says: Jan 6, 2016 8:31 AM

    I love this move.

    They just fired Tomsula after 1 year and paid him 14MM.
    They will fire Shanahan after 2 years and pay out another 14+.
    The game has passed Shanahan by, yet he’s still raking in the $$$. Too bad he doesn’t have a HOF QB anymore.

  46. redskins0228 says: Jan 7, 2016 3:17 PM

    Elway was 41-40 without Shanahan. With Shanahan as head coach he was 50-17 and 2 super Bowl wins in 4 years. Most wins in a 3 year time frame. Who needed who?

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