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Report: 49ers interest in Mike Shanahan “has ramped up considerably”

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 17:  Head coach Mike Shanahan of the Washington Redskins looks on from the sidelines against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on November 17, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) Getty Images

The number of head coaching openings around the league is starting to drop with the Browns and Giants finding their men on Wednesday.

The Eagles have reportedly turned their attention toward Tom Coughlin, who has also interviewed with the 49ers since parting ways with the Giants. The 49ers may have a different experienced head coach in their sights.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the team’s interest in Mike Shanahan has “ramped up considerably” since they interviewed him earlier this week. There was a lot of chatter about their interest in hiring Hue Jackson heading into this week, but Jackson is now in Cleveland and Dirk Koetter, who also interviewed, appears to be closing in on a move from offensive coordinator to head coach in Tampa.

Shanahan has been a head coach with the Raiders, Broncos and Redskins and spent three years as the 49ers’ offensive coordinator under George Seifert from 1992 to 1994. He has been out of the NFL the last two seasons, but interviewed for head coaching jobs last offseason as well.

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81 Responses to “Report: 49ers interest in Mike Shanahan “has ramped up considerably””
  1. ctiggs says: Jan 14, 2016 9:04 AM

    No young guy wants to work for Jed and Baalke. Mike and Tom are old enough and have enough money to walk away at anytime.

  2. niners816 says: Jan 14, 2016 9:09 AM

    I don’t even know how to feel about this one. On one hand, he kind of drove RG3 into the ground when he was with the REDSKINS. On the the other hand, he did win 2 super bowls with the Broncos although he had Elway, and also with the Niners in 94. He’s a little above a 50% winning coach. At least it’s someone who has experience. But, I think somehow Baalke and Dork will screw this up, and we’ll keep on sucking.

  3. bayousooner90 says: Jan 14, 2016 9:12 AM

    Why would anyone talk to Shanahan? He has accomplished nothing Without John Elway on his team.

  4. jmagnet28 says: Jan 14, 2016 9:13 AM

    Shanahan won with Elway and Davis. Now he’ll have Gabbert and Draughn. Good luck there buddy.

  5. rajbais says: Jan 14, 2016 9:13 AM

    You might as well hire Lovie Smith.

    He won 10 games like Shanahan in 2012 and at least went back up after going down.

    All Shanahan does is overuse running backs and makes QBs go crazy to the point where they don’t want to play anymore.

    If you were upset with what Kubiak did with Manning early on, you’ll really go crazy because Shanahan is the Kubiak version of “my way” everyday.

    He can’t coach anymore!

  6. ttommytom says: Jan 14, 2016 9:14 AM

    RG3 is available on the cheap too…

  7. pftbro says: Jan 14, 2016 9:14 AM

    Would be good for Kyle. he could go back to Daddy’s side for cookies and milk and get away from the big bad world…

  8. carloswlassiter says: Jan 14, 2016 9:17 AM

    Give a new guy a chance.

  9. In Teddy We Trust says: Jan 14, 2016 9:17 AM

    That would be a great hire…if it were 1998.

  10. billswillnevermove says: Jan 14, 2016 9:18 AM

    Rat face strikes again!!!!

  11. DaveKShape says: Jan 14, 2016 9:19 AM

    Mike will want roster control. Baalke won’t give it to him. IF fr some reason this actually happens, it’s like lighting the fuse on a powderkeg.

  12. ninerfan81 says: Jan 14, 2016 9:19 AM

    disaster

  13. thenameisredskins says: Jan 14, 2016 9:22 AM

    This would be a great hire for the Niners. Shanahan got a raw deal in DC. He had Griffin forced down his throat, and even when he publicly stated that Griffin was years away from being a competent pro quarterback, able to operate within a pro system, the ownership made him play Griffin. He correctly stated that Cousins was the right quarterback for the Skins, and never backed away from that. The guy is smart, a great game planner, and will bring in a very quality coaching staff. Just do not let him have anything to do with the personnel side of things.

  14. realfootballfan says: Jan 14, 2016 9:23 AM

    That should go well. The team obliterator with York and Baalke.

  15. streetyson says: Jan 14, 2016 9:24 AM

    Shanahan? His 2 rings came courtesy of the worst-fined episodes in league history (the two massive Broncos’ salary cap violations). If you remove those violated years, he’s worse than a .500 coach, as his Skins (24-40) and Raiders (8-12) records show.

  16. kane337 says: Jan 14, 2016 9:29 AM

    His face will match the color of their home jersey’s.

  17. TheDPR says: Jan 14, 2016 9:29 AM

    I hope it happens.
    Because I don’t really like the 49ers.

    Shanny is a repeated failure as a head coach. It has been decades since he’s accomplished anything. Completely unqualified.

  18. negativten says: Jan 14, 2016 9:30 AM

    bayousooner90 says:
    Jan 14, 2016 9:12 AM

    Why would anyone talk to Shanahan? He has accomplished nothing Without John Elway on his team.

    So, you wouldn’t talk to Belichick if he was available?

  19. tdubdizzle says: Jan 14, 2016 9:31 AM

    Shanahan looks like Master Splinter

  20. headwoundharry says: Jan 14, 2016 9:31 AM

    Shanahan is a damn good coach but a TERRIBLE GM. His ego also gets in the way at times. Are the 49ers sure they want this guy? They could do worse, I guess.

  21. tdubdizzle says: Jan 14, 2016 9:31 AM

    Looks like the Niners are about to be the next Browns.

    Can’t say I feel bad for them.

  22. weepingjebus says: Jan 14, 2016 9:41 AM

    With SF’s climate he won’t be able to get away with his “they were really cold” excuse the next time the refs discover his linebackers are coated in grease.

  23. ace3hundred says: Jan 14, 2016 9:42 AM

    Shanny is 34 games over .500 for his career for the guy that said only a couple games over

  24. djstat says: Jan 14, 2016 9:43 AM

    Repeated failure as a Head Coach? Andy Reid is a repeated failure. Shanny has 2 rings. He had RG Me forced on him by ownership and always felt Kris cousins was the right guy. Turns out he was right. Good move for San Fran

  25. petedutcherjr says: Jan 14, 2016 9:44 AM

    Shanahan is one of those guys who will never be a good head coach.

    It’s like hiring Leslie Frazier to be head coach. Stupid.

  26. thetechnocrat says: Jan 14, 2016 9:46 AM

    Lol, go ahead and hire boardwalk Elvis and get that first pick for the Clemson qb next year.

  27. shlort says: Jan 14, 2016 9:46 AM

    If the 9ers hire Shanahan, Kaepernick won’t be quarterbacking the team. All you cats with the sloppy man crush on Kaepernick will have to change teams and follow the other teams practice squad if you want to continue the mysterious Kaepernick worship.

  28. dcapettini says: Jan 14, 2016 9:47 AM

    Why is Shanahan interested in being the coach of worst managed team in the league? Surely he already has enough money to live comfortably for his remaining days. Is he a glutton for punishment or is he just yanking Jed’s chain?

  29. tomtravis76 says: Jan 14, 2016 9:48 AM

    Shabby to the Niners…could really force the Skins to overpay or start the franchise on Cousins. This will be really interesting to watch.

  30. floratiotime says: Jan 14, 2016 9:52 AM

    Ashes to ashes … funk to funky … we know Chandler Jones’ a junkie. RIP Ziggy.

  31. killitandeatit says: Jan 14, 2016 9:58 AM

    Compared to who is out there and the 49er management being in need of an experienced coach, this looks like a good hire. The front office is on the hot seat and they must get a coach that is not on a learning curve. If he becomes the head coach his nickname will be “Slash” he’s scary looking and the players are going to listen very carefully to the head ball boy.

  32. contract says: Jan 14, 2016 9:59 AM

    More likely it’s Mike Shanahan’s agent leaking this stuff in hopes of manufacturing interest in him.

    He’s a train wreck. No one is going to hire him.

  33. bchap17 says: Jan 14, 2016 10:03 AM

    I think it’s a good hire for the 9ers. Shanahan made Plummer a serviceable QB. I’m sure he could help Kaepernick.

  34. edukator4 says: Jan 14, 2016 10:04 AM

    Why would anyone talk to Shanahan? He has accomplished nothing Without John Elway on his team.

    _________________________________________

    and what has belichik done without brady? walsh without montana?

  35. 1eyedIdaho says: Jan 14, 2016 10:12 AM

    Well we could do worse. Look at last year, or they could hire Chip : (

  36. jimmysee says: Jan 14, 2016 10:12 AM

    Love Smith to San Francisco.

    Please.

  37. jimmysee says: Jan 14, 2016 10:13 AM

    Lovie Smith to San Francisco.

    Please.

  38. NinersRule says: Jan 14, 2016 10:17 AM

    What a complete mess!!!!

    Baalke has ruined this team.

  39. fordmandalay says: Jan 14, 2016 10:18 AM

    It makes complete sense to hire a borderline senile HC who last achieved success over 20 years ago, and who not only was a disastrous failure in his last job but also purposely destroyed the health of his teams young franchise QB out of spite and bitterness. But you guys go right ahead.

  40. patriotsfootballleague says: Jan 14, 2016 10:18 AM

    49ers must do something quick! Shanahan is better than most, he doesn’t bow down to pressure from the top of the office, that’s for sure. Keeping his own council is more and more needed in this league, in the face of meddlesome ownership that rips apart locker rooms. Shanahan would do well in checking up on Wil Muschamp over at Texas Tech as a defensive coordinator or assistant. He is a young and fresh face to football despite his time as hc at Florida. Great motivator and no nonsense to office politics and game officials.

  41. gordoom says: Jan 14, 2016 10:20 AM

    You want to know why someone would want Mike then look at the current Redskins team that made the playoffs.

    He drafted almost every single 1 of their top tier players.
    Trent Williams-yep. Jordan Reed-yep, Kirk-yep the list goes on.

    With Mike comes a 1000yrd rusher also. Instantly..remember when Alfred Morris was a household name and you wonder why you haven’t seen him in two years… the two years Mike hasn’t been coaching that team. The talents gotten better the runnign game worse.

  42. tcostant says: Jan 14, 2016 10:25 AM

    I rather have Kyle Shanahan as my head coach!

  43. ybthatway says: Jan 14, 2016 10:26 AM

    Why would anyone talk to Shanahan? He has accomplished nothing Without John Elway on his team.

    _________________________________________

    and what has belichik done without brady? walsh without montana?
    ——————
    Walsh didn’t do too bad with Steve Young.

  44. redskins0228 says: Jan 14, 2016 10:27 AM

    Elway is a 500 QB without Shanahan and never won a playoff game without him. He won the NFC East with an entire new offense in 2012 with RG3 who will never start again in the NFL. The best coaching job he ever did was with Washington. 10 draft choices or free agents were instrumental in their success on offense this year not even talking about Cousins. Every QB who has started for him for 2 years has been to the pro bowl, playoffs and the top 5 in offense in half their years as a starter. Look at the stats and 3 Super Bowls. By the way 49er fans he had the best 3 years on offense than any 3 year time frame in the history of San Fran.

  45. collectordude says: Jan 14, 2016 10:36 AM

    Good hire IF baalke does not screw up the draft & free agencey.
    Niners have about $50 million in cap space this year.

  46. 8oneanddones says: Jan 14, 2016 10:40 AM

    What other team will pay you $14 million to coach one season and lead the team to a top 5 draft pick?

  47. mrfrostyj says: Jan 14, 2016 10:43 AM

    49ers fans…

    Browns fans know what’s going on because what you’re going through was literally their last two head coaching searches.

    They line up all the best candidates to interview who basically walk into the room. Have a five minute conversation with the front office and owner and then run out as fast as they can taking the first job offered to them after that interview that isn’t with San Francisco. Heck Hue Jackson even said during his press conference the reason he went to Cleveland was the Front office.

    The reason the Browns always had to settle for the candidate no one else wanted the last two searches is they had a guy named Joe Banner running the team that no one wanted to work for because he was the dumbest guy in the room who thought he was smarter than everyone. Looking at Baalke and Yorks track record I can definitely see they went to the Joe Banner school of running a football team (to the ground). Banner got fired and this time around the Browns were considered an attractive job. Now if you can only get owner Jr. and his crony to fire themselves you’ll be back to the NFC title hunt in no time.

  48. zampft says: Jan 14, 2016 10:44 AM

    and then sign RG3 please please… Let’s Reunite The Madness

  49. mrfrostyj says: Jan 14, 2016 10:47 AM

    Report comment

    ybthatway says:
    Jan 14, 2016 10:26 AM

    Why would anyone talk to Shanahan? He has accomplished nothing Without John Elway on his team.

    _________________________________________

    and what has belichik done without brady? walsh without montana?
    ——————
    Walsh didn’t do too bad with Steve Young.

    ——————————————————–

    I here Steve Young was pretty good under Walsh.

    Also Belichick has had winning seasons with Vinnie Tesdeverde (Cleveland), Drew Bledsoe and Matt Cassel (Patriots).

    Or was that a rhetorical question.

  50. jrob0215 says: Jan 14, 2016 10:50 AM

    I rather have Kyle Shanahan as my head coach!

    _________________________________________

    No… no you wouldn’t.

  51. ecniner says: Jan 14, 2016 10:55 AM

    About time. He is proven and knows how to manage!! Strong leader!

  52. joenash72 says: Jan 14, 2016 10:58 AM

    Isn’t Marv Levy still available?😉

  53. sundog05 says: Jan 14, 2016 10:59 AM

    He did take the Broncos to the AFC Championship with Plummer.

  54. tspringer1 says: Jan 14, 2016 11:03 AM

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make this happen….

    If Mike gets the HC job hopefully we can count on him hiring his son as OC and the Falcons can be saved from another year of the “Quarterback Killer”.

    Since it appears Dan Quinn will not fire Kyle despite his negative impact on the Falcons offense, the only hope of getting rid of this pariah is for his daddy to hire him away.

  55. redskins0228 says: Jan 14, 2016 11:21 AM

    Plummer without Shanahan is 35 per cent won loss record at Arizona.With Shanahan 73 per cent won loss record at Denver. Plummer beat Brady with a 10 game playoff winning streak. Regular season Plummer won more games than Elway during regular season. Both starting for 4 years with Shanahan. Just the facts!

  56. rugernator says: Jan 14, 2016 11:23 AM

    Anyone that says the same regurgitated nonsense about Shanahan not winning without Elway needs to actually think instead of repeating what they’ve heard other people say. Elway didn’t win anything without Shanahan either. And neither one of them won anything without Terrell Davis. It takes a complete team to win a title, and Shanahan has proved himself capable of putting together a complete team.

    And to all the other people that like to say like he did something bad to RG3, if this season didn’t fully justify all of Shanahan’s choices I don’t know what would. RG3 has proven himself to be a prima donna and now yet another head coach has sat him down in favor of his backup. Shanahan drafted Cousins because he didn’t have faith in RG3 in the first place, and what do you know, he’s been totally vindicated for his choices. Griffin himself has proven Shanahan right.

    The only mistake the 49ers could make at this point would be to not hire him.

  57. orb1943 says: Jan 14, 2016 11:24 AM

    Shanahan has ethical challenges – a bit like Clinton – so why would you even think of appointing him?

  58. mongobo says: Jan 14, 2016 11:28 AM

    I’d like to see it. The older I get, the more I root for the old guys looking for one last chance. The Denver run was fun to watch. Washington was a train wreck. Can he do it one last time? Is it really all about lucking into a special quarterback?

    It seems like every failure by one of these multi-SuperBowl winning coaches diminishes the rest just a bit…

  59. troylok says: Jan 14, 2016 11:35 AM

    He’ll be a good fit as long as they don’t let him make personnel decisions. He called it right on Cousins, but there were a lot of misses during his time in Washington.

  60. campcouch says: Jan 14, 2016 11:54 AM

    Heck, call Mike Holmgren up and talk Jake Plummer out of retirement.

  61. joetoronto says: Jan 14, 2016 11:59 AM

    It figures, LOL!

  62. charliecharger says: Jan 14, 2016 12:04 PM

    The 49ers’ last 4 coaches, Mike Nolan, Mike Singletary, Jim Harbaugh, and Jim Tomsula, had never been NFL head coaches. None were proven at the NFL level. Shanahan has already proven that he is good enough to win multiple super bowls with good enough talent. That may just be the very thing that eliminates him from consideration. If they hired Shanny and couldn’t win, the arrow would be pointing at Baalke. Baalke ain’t hiring Shanny.

  63. corporatemediaprostitute says: Jan 14, 2016 12:13 PM

    Kaepernick has been granted an order of protection against Shanahan just in case this is true.

  64. howiehandles says: Jan 14, 2016 12:13 PM

    Shannahan is a fantastic coach…..if he can bring back John Elway in his prime.

    What a train wreck SF has become. Baalke and Co. make every other team look like a smooth operation.

  65. goodellsucks43 says: Jan 14, 2016 12:18 PM

    Mike Shanahan will turn the Niners from 5-11 to 6-10. Maybe even 7-9 by the end of his second year. Great hire!

  66. 23rdusernameused says: Jan 14, 2016 12:25 PM

    San Fran RAT FACES!

  67. randygnyc says: Jan 14, 2016 12:29 PM

    How do you go from talking to an ostensibly receptive, quality coach like Coughlin, to even considering the hot mess that is Shanny? But this is the 9ers afterall.

  68. boss81hogg says: Jan 14, 2016 12:32 PM

    Sounds like a leverage move to me.

  69. boogerhut says: Jan 14, 2016 12:34 PM

    He only won because he had a great QB and running back. Ummm DERP! He also had a quality defense. BUH FRIGGIN DUH! Who else grabbed a 7th round RB and got 2000 yrds one season and 1900 another season? Who else realized that as good as Elway was to get to multiple SBs, he needed a run game to WIN multiple SBs? Huh? Was it Dan Reeves? No. So, you have someone that has a QB that’s been to the SB multiple times with other coaches and lost versus one that comes in, gives a run game and decent defense and proceeds to win 2 SBs and you armchair experts say he can’t coach, never did anything, and is a ….. wait for it…… more expert analysis. … ratface. SF would be upgraded immediately with this hire.

  70. boogerhut says: Jan 14, 2016 12:34 PM

    He only won because he had a great QB and running back. Ummm DERP! He also had a quality defense. BUH FRIGGIN DUH! Who else grabbed a 7th round RB and got 2000 yrds one season and 1900 another season? Who else realized that as good as Elway was to get to multiple SBs, he needed a run game to WIN multiple SBs? Huh? Was it Dan Reeves? No. So, you have someone that has a QB that’s been to the SB multiple times with other coaches and lost versus one that comes in, gives a run game and decent defense and proceeds to win 2 SBs and you armchair experts say he can’t coach, never did anything, and is a ….. wait for it…… more expert analysis. … ratface. SF would be upgraded immediately with this hire.

  71. tavisteelersfan says: Jan 14, 2016 12:38 PM

    Something interesting about America right now … Coughlin and Shanahan as attractive candidates for head coaching jobs, Hillary, Bernie and the Donald leading the pack for the Presidency. Hillary, Bernie or The Donald get the job, they will be the oldest President ever inaugurated for their first term.

    I don’t know what the word or phrase for “the opposite of the youth movement” is.

    LOL

  72. razzlejag says: Jan 14, 2016 12:49 PM

    The poor 9ers fans, this is just awful. This guy is so overrated as a coach- someone pointed out that when you take away the Broncos 2 cheating the salary cap years, he is under .500 lifetime.

    At least he won’t have to pay Gabbert and Draughn under the table, lol.

  73. youbettercallsaul says: Jan 14, 2016 12:55 PM

    If he is hired, does this mean he will be giving his players polygraph tests like he did in Denver?

  74. jmc8888 says: Jan 14, 2016 12:57 PM

    redskins0228 says:
    Jan 14, 2016 11:21 AM

    Plummer without Shanahan is 35 per cent won loss record at Arizona.With Shanahan 73 per cent won loss record at Denver. Plummer beat Brady with a 10 game playoff winning streak. Regular season Plummer won more games than Elway during regular season. Both starting for 4 years with Shanahan. Just the facts!

    —————

    So let’s try to understand those facts….

    Plummer was a great QB, the problem in AZ back then was, the team was crap. He carried the team on his shoulders… but since he was human, he couldn’t overcome the team’s deficiencies all the time.

    In Denver, he had a good team, and thus won more.

    If you are trying to attribute Jake Plummers differential in winning percentage on SHANAHAN, well that’s where you are wrong.

    It wasn’t Shanahan that made the difference, it was the talent level difference between the two franchises.

    But they weren’t satisfied with his performance, so they shipped him off to TB where he promptly retired.

    Meanwhile as others have stated, Shanahan won his Superbowl titles around 20 years ago, and has many opportunities since then with other teams and other QB’s.

    His last decent shot was with RGIII, and he put him back out there CLEARLY INJURED and destroyed not only the future of RGIII, but the team and likely his last real shot at another title.

    Shanahan is clearly a retread coach, and he simply doesn’t have it anymore. He’s way past his coaching prime, and everything after Elway has shown… he wasn’t really a great coach, he was just a decent coach with a great roster.

    Now he’s an old, formerly decent coach, perhaps inheriting a disaster for a roster. IF the Niners go that way… good luck.

  75. jmc8888 says: Jan 14, 2016 1:01 PM

    Oh and some have said it would be an upgrade to hire Shanahan.

    This is TRUE.

    But only because Tomsula was such a horrible moron coach.

    An upgrade from that is a very low bar, and just because it would be an ‘upgrade’, doesn’t mean it’s enough to matter.

    On a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being Tomsula, I’d give Shanahan a 3…

    So yeah.. it’s an upgrade… but they’d still be behind almost everyone else.

  76. jjfootball says: Jan 14, 2016 1:06 PM

    That’s because nobody wants the job.

  77. jjfootball says: Jan 14, 2016 1:17 PM

    This is great! lol

  78. jjfootball says: Jan 14, 2016 1:19 PM

    THEY CALL THEMSELVES THE FAITHFUL (LOL!)
    THAT’S WHY THE STADIUM WAS HALF EMPTY LAST SEASON.

  79. davikes says: Jan 14, 2016 1:37 PM

    Shanahan is desperate to coach again, and the 9ers are desperate to get a big name coach. Because if they don’t get somebody like Shanahan, they will have to hire another Tomsula.

  80. rugernator says: Jan 14, 2016 2:09 PM

    All moot now anyway. Watch as Kelly trades all your best players away.

  81. professorpigskin46 says: Jan 14, 2016 3:30 PM

    Ladies and gentlemen the circus has arrived in Santa Clara.

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