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.

46 responses to “Report: Mike Shanahan to interview with 49ers on Wednesday

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. “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.

  17. @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.

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

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

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

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

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

  24. 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.

  25. 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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