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Kyle Shanahan may have the leverage to get his dad a job

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Last month, the 49ers had no intention to ever hire Mike Shanahan, at any time and in any capacity. Now that Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has parlayed his stand-alone cheese status into the kind of leverage that can allow him to ask for anything and everything before signing the contract that will make him the head coach of the 49ers, the 49ers may have to revisit their position.

There’s increasing chatter in league circles that Kyle Shanahan will try to get his father a job in San Francisco, forcing the team to bite its tongue and do what it doesn’t want to do in order to avoid having to go back to the drawing board to hire a coach at a time when the team has been settled on Kyle Shanahan.

It’s unclear what Mike Shanahan’s role would be, if he ends up with the 49ers. Regardless, the 49ers may have to reluctantly carve out a spot on the organizational chart for the father if they want to close the deal with the son, who has a tremendous amount of power over his next employer, if he chooses to use it.

Ultimately, the question will be whether the 49ers are willing to risk losing Kyle. Before they cross that bridge, they need to be confident that a viable Plan B (or, as the case may be, Plan D) is available.

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  1. joetoronto says: Jan 27, 2017 12:04 PM

    His father is bad news, no other way to put it.

  2. najacoo22 says: Jan 27, 2017 12:05 PM

    It’s hard to win without talent. Kyle and Mike should know this from their time with the Washington Redskins. Kyle should really wait to see what next year’s job openings look like.

  3. nsauser says: Jan 27, 2017 12:08 PM

    Did you say cheese in an article about Mike Shanahan?

  4. intrafinesse says: Jan 27, 2017 12:08 PM

    A good HC + a bad GM = a bad team

    Put Belichick on the Jets and 4 years later they would be 8-8, because the GM would bring in garbage and Belichick would get as much as he could out of them.

  5. seatownballers says: Jan 27, 2017 12:08 PM

    York will mess this up.
    Shan looks great in Atlanta, but in SF he doesn’t have the receivers, ruining backs, offensive line and edge rushers.
    Kaep will be protesting all season and his interviews will be politically themed.
    Likely get more then 2 wins, but the season will be a waste and the team will have more roster holes.

  6. abcisezas123 says: Jan 27, 2017 12:09 PM

    Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

    So, the question for SF will be are Shanahanigans worth all of this?

    The question for Shanny Jr is whether he wants the umbilical cord back.

    All a big mess.

  7. IMHIM says: Jan 27, 2017 12:09 PM

    2 Super Bowl rings is not bad news. What could be bad news is the two of them running a franchise together.

  8. socalmaverick says: Jan 27, 2017 12:11 PM

    If it looks like a rat….& smells like a rat…

  9. niners816 says: Jan 27, 2017 12:13 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Jan 27, 2017 12:04 PM
    His father is bad news, no other way to put it.
    —————-
    Your obsession with commenting on every Niners and Bills post is kind of disturbing. Do you have fatheads in your parents basement of Steve Young and Bruce Smith that you look at in amazement or what? Or is that that the Niners are the bay area team and the Raiders aren’t? Or is it the fact that you thought the Bills were going to move to your country, but thought better of it so you’re bitter now? All 3? I thought so.

  10. NFLexpert says: Jan 27, 2017 12:13 PM

    Hey dad, let’s ruin that new quarterback we just drafted, okay son…

  11. ryann252013 says: Jan 27, 2017 12:15 PM

    Kyle needs to stop hitching his wagon to daddy. I think Mike has a good eye for talent but his stubbornness and attitude will make him Scott Pioli 2.0.

  12. MichaelEdits says: Jan 27, 2017 12:15 PM

    I’d be more impressed if he had the leverage to keep his dad out of the NFL.

  13. kevster02 says: Jan 27, 2017 12:18 PM

    This guy won a Super Bowl with the 49ers as OC and 2 with the Broncos as head coach. Why the hell not have him as a help to his son?!

  14. sdchicken says: Jan 27, 2017 12:19 PM

    He needs to continue to show that he is his own man and not rely on his dad. I think it would look bad for Kyle to force his dad into the equation.

  15. weepingjebus says: Jan 27, 2017 12:20 PM

    Cheerleader?

  16. ndy79 says: Jan 27, 2017 12:20 PM

    That’s funny, the chatter I’ve heard is that Kyle wants to create his own legacy and therefore not hire his dad in any organization he works with.

  17. eastcoastninerfan says: Jan 27, 2017 12:21 PM

    Jed York should channel his inner Newman who once said the phrase, “Alright then, I guess I can accept a little Jerry (Mike Shanahan), if it gets me a lot of Elaine (Kyle Shanahan).

  18. PegulaBucks says: Jan 27, 2017 12:23 PM

    Mike Shanahan: Director of Tanning and Hawaiian Shirts

  19. najacoo22 says: Jan 27, 2017 12:24 PM

    Probably true, But Belichik is also a defacto GM, so there’s that…

  20. niners816 says: Jan 27, 2017 12:25 PM

    seatownballers says:
    Jan 27, 2017 12:08 PM
    York will mess this up.
    Shan looks great in Atlanta, but in SF he doesn’t have the receivers, ruining backs, offensive line and edge rushers.
    Kaep will be protesting all season and his interviews will be politically themed.
    Likely get more then 2 wins, but the season will be a waste and the team will have more roster hole
    ————–
    Worry about your own team that’s imploding from the inside starting with that Ellen DeGeneres look alike for a coach, and trickling down to Dick Sherman, who’s nothing more than an overrated bum. Or we could talk about that putrid offensive line they fielded out there, with your organization saying they weren’t going to fix it. Your one year dynasty is over, the legion of boom is the legion of bums, so time to jump ship again and go back to being a Cowboys fan, again. “I’ve been a fan since 1976, even if I was born in 1996.”

  21. stoneydog1000 says: Jan 27, 2017 12:27 PM

    niners816, he comments negatively on all of the Bengals post,too. And, probably other teams. Oh,well.

  22. teammosie says: Jan 27, 2017 12:31 PM

    The amount of hypothetical situations, made up rumors by the author here , and “what IF” scenarios have taken their toll on this site and me as a reader. I have no need to read TMC for sports. Honesty it’s just a big turn off for me and I wish it would lighten up.

  23. rainponcho87 says: Jan 27, 2017 12:32 PM

    Whatever Kyle wants he should get. Jed has made horrible decision after horrible decision and if he wants top talent, whether coaching or free agents, he is going to have to overpay. That is the price of poor management.

  24. mongo3401 says: Jan 27, 2017 12:33 PM

    Mike Shanahan does not belong in the NFL at any capacity. Fans are going to find out quickly Kykes status as a HC is not going to be as they think it is.

  25. kevpft says: Jan 27, 2017 12:34 PM

    If that’s what the Shanahans want, then good for them. NFL ownership is so awful these days that these guys and their families should extract everything they can.

  26. mickmars says: Jan 27, 2017 12:42 PM

    Janitor????

  27. bobulated says: Jan 27, 2017 12:46 PM

    The Niners are so desperate at this point, Shanny the Younger could ask for the Golden Gate Bridge, permanent reservations at The French Laundry, and a wad of stock in Google and Facebook on top of getting his old man a gig. The people of SF hate Jed York with a passion and he badly needs this to go down to show any kind of upward trajectory for the franchise.

  28. joetoronto says: Jan 27, 2017 12:48 PM

    niners816 says:
    Jan 27, 2017 12:13 PM
    joetoronto says:
    Jan 27, 2017 12:04 PM
    His father is bad news, no other way to put it.
    —————-
    Your obsession with commenting on every Niners and Bills post is kind of disturbing. Do you have fatheads in your parents basement of Steve Young and Bruce Smith that you look at in amazement or what? Or is that that the Niners are the bay area team and the Raiders aren’t? Or is it the fact that you thought the Bills were going to move to your country, but thought better of it so you’re bitter now? All 3? I thought so.
    **************************************
    If anybody’s looking for me, I’m parked inside this guys head.

  29. kemp13 says: Jan 27, 2017 12:48 PM

    kevster02 says:
    Jan 27, 2017 12:18 PM
    This guy won a Super Bowl with the 49ers as OC and 2 with the Broncos as head coach. Why the hell not have him as a help to his son?!

    Because none of the 49ers QBs are named Montana, Young, or Elway.

  30. mysportsrumors says: Jan 27, 2017 12:51 PM

    intrafinesse says:
    Jan 27, 2017 12:08 PM
    A good HC + a bad GM = a bad team

    Put Belichick on the Jets and 4 years later they would be 8-8, because the GM would bring in garbage and Belichick would get as much as he could out of them.

    ———-

    isnt that what happens now Belichick brings in everyone elses garbage and coaches them up?

  31. jonathankrobinson424 says: Jan 27, 2017 12:57 PM

    ……Kyle has not accepted the HC position yet because he can’t …..but even AFTER the super bowl I think he should thumb his nose at the 49er’s. He should wait till next year and see if a true professional football team offers him a HC job. The once proud 49ers have a horrible owner…and he won’t/can’t win there…….

  32. whatjusthapped says: Jan 27, 2017 12:59 PM

    How bad could it be? Any self respecting GM would want to hire his own coach and its too late for that.

  33. niners816 says: Jan 27, 2017 1:04 PM

    stoneydog1000 says:
    Jan 27, 2017 12:27 PM
    niners816, he comments negatively on all of the Bengals post,too. And, probably other teams. Oh,well.
    —————-
    Don’t take anyone with “baller” in their name seriously. Chances are, he’s still attending high school.

  34. thermalito says: Jan 27, 2017 1:07 PM

    You could do alot worse than Mike Shanahan as a GM. He has a proven track record of success and has drafted alot more quality players than the last bozo that had running their drafts. If their glorified bean counter with zero NFL background, Parage Marathe gets his toes stepped on than who cares.
    Somehow I still get the feeling Jed the Idiot will find a way to screw this up

  35. widerightyouloseagain says: Jan 27, 2017 1:09 PM

    A rat in a dumpster fire, makes sense to me.

  36. widerightyouloseagain says: Jan 27, 2017 1:15 PM

    stoneydog1000 says:
    Jan 27, 2017 12:27 PM
    niners816, he comments negatively on all of the Bengals post,too. And, probably other teams. Oh,well.
    *******************************
    He also up votes his posts and down votes other peoples posts, the guy is as deranged as “billswillnevermove.”

  37. burghfanincincy says: Jan 27, 2017 1:23 PM

    Kyle, there comes a time in the life of every man whose father is “somebody” at which he should say, “Thanks, Dad, but I’m going to be a success or a failure without your help.”

    Should. Heaven knows I’ve known enough men and women whose entire identity consists of “I’m the child of so-and-so…”. I’m neither a fan or foe of the 49ers, and no fan of the Shanahan clan (hey, I like that!), but I hope Kyle becomes his own man and not “Mike’s tag-along son”.

  38. stevejjones says: Jan 27, 2017 1:26 PM

    Mike Shannahan almost died playing football. Other than a small percentage of the veteran community who have seen combat almost none of you have ever laid it on the line the way he has. Make him RB coach as a nice little post retirement consulting job. He excels at the running side of game.

  39. intrafinesse says: Jan 27, 2017 1:28 PM

    mysportsrumors says:
    Jan 27, 2017 12:51 PM
    intrafinesse says:
    Jan 27, 2017 12:08 PM
    A good HC + a bad GM = a bad team

    Put Belichick on the Jets and 4 years later they would be 8-8, because the GM would bring in garbage and Belichick would get as much as he could out of them.

    ———-

    >>isnt that what happens now Belichick brings in everyone elses garbage and coaches them up?

    —————————————————

    Except Belichick is the one bringing in the players. If he was on the Jets with their clown GM it would be the GM bringing in garbage that is garbage. Rather than bringing in a 24-year-old who was cut, the Jets GM would sign the 31 year old washed up vet.
    There is only so much BB can do with that crap.

  40. jnichls says: Jan 27, 2017 1:31 PM

    MichaelEdits says:
    Jan 27, 2017 12:15 PM
    I’d be more impressed if he had the leverage to keep his dad out of the NFL.

    That’s Money.

  41. nevyn49 says: Jan 27, 2017 1:52 PM

    What a load of bunk.

    If Mike gets a paid role at all, it will be a nebulous “Advisor” title, a position that can gracefully be exited at any time.

    And that has nothing to do with the niners. Kyle can write his own ticket. If he gets his dad an org chart position, then he faces a possible future of having to demote or fire his dad.

    If he wants him there at all, it will simply be as guidance.

  42. tdubdizzle says: Jan 27, 2017 2:19 PM

    The Shanahans know they’re football but man is Mike a weasel

  43. thermalito says: Jan 27, 2017 2:27 PM

    nevyn49: yea what a relief. We wouldn’t want Mike Shanahan hanging around when the team has such amazing football minds as Parage Marathe and Al Guido: two paid stooges with zero football or even professional sports background. And yes, these are the clowns who have actually been making roster decisions for the team in recent years. 7 wins in two years speaks for itself….

  44. fordbw says: Jan 27, 2017 2:31 PM

    Mike Shanahan knows how to build a championship football team. This should be a no-brainer.

  45. uglydingo says: Jan 27, 2017 2:45 PM

    Kiss of death for the 49ers if Mike Shanahan is a key part of moving forward. The smartest thing Kyle can do is rebuild without his permanently grumpy interfering old man. Memo to Jed York – Check how bad things got at the Redskins with Papa Mike.

  46. pau49ers says: Jan 27, 2017 3:07 PM

    I disagree with all of you. If I teamed up with my dad, who had been on 3 superbowl winning teams – I bet I would do pretty well. Didn’t Mike trade all of Denver’s Running backs for great players and had a new 1000 yard rusher every season? Also, wasn’t the 49ers last problem a constant disagreement between the GM and coach?

  47. maestro1899 says: Jan 27, 2017 3:39 PM

    It absolutely makes sense for Mike to get a front office job. Mike knows the type of players needed to run the scheme.

    If you are hiring Kyle Shannahan, you are already going all-in on the Shannahan offense. Why wouldn’t you hire the architect of it for a role in the front office?

  48. pftstory says: Jan 27, 2017 3:40 PM

    “Kyle has not accepted the HC position yet because he can’t ……”

    Well, officially. And maybe has not accepted it because the second meeting has not occurred. But of course in that second meeting the Niners will offer the job and he will say yes or no and they will quietly go on their merry way.

    Then based on his answer the Niners will interview other potential head coaches or begin the process of locking down the coordinators and other staff their soon to be officially announced coach wants.

    I believe Kyle, who happened to be Quinn’s first choice for OC, was hired before Quinn was officially hired. The story is the Jets hired Bowles because they understood they couldn’t get their first choice, Quinn. The Niners aren’t really waiting and hoping Kyle takes the job, just as the Falcons weren’t waiting and hoping to get Quinn.

  49. thermalito says: Jan 27, 2017 3:51 PM

    uglydingo: yea cuz the Redskins were really awesome before Shanahan got there right? Last I checked he took them to the playoffs for the first time in forever and landed both Alfred Morris and Kirk Cousins.
    Mike Shanahan has a track record on draft day that dwarfs most of the clowns running NFL teams today. ESPECIALLY the imbecile named Trent Baalke the Niners just dumped. You’re clueless dude.

  50. imodan says: Jan 27, 2017 3:52 PM

    thermalito says:
    Jan 27, 2017 2:27 PM
    nevyn49: yea what a relief. We wouldn’t want Mike Shanahan hanging around when the team has such amazing football minds as Parage Marathe and Al Guido: two paid stooges with zero football or even professional sports background. And yes, these are the clowns who have actually been making roster decisions for the team in recent years. 7 wins in two years speaks for itself….
    ———————————————————-
    I feel your pain. I feel the same about head of officiating Dean Blandino. You know, the guy who never ref’d a game in his life. Good grief.

  51. twinfan24 says: Jan 27, 2017 3:54 PM

    If the Niners don’t want Mike, they should just tell Kyle that he can pay Mike out of pocket to be his personal assistant or he can pass up a chance to be a HC. There are only 32 of those jobs available and plenty of qualified candidates who would take the job.

  52. burghfanincincy says: Jan 27, 2017 3:55 PM

    “isnt that what happens now Belichick brings in everyone elses garbage and coaches them up?”

    Yeah, he did wonders with Chad Johnson/Ochocinco/WhateverHisNameWasThatYear.

  53. a1b24312 says: Jan 27, 2017 4:05 PM

    pau49ers says:
    Jan 27, 2017 3:07 PM
    I disagree with all of you. If I teamed up with my dad, who had been on 3 superbowl winning teams – I bet I would do pretty well. Didn’t Mike trade all of Denver’s Running backs for great players and had a new 1000 yard rusher every season? Also, wasn’t the 49ers last problem a constant disagreement between the GM and coach?

    _____

    Daddy and Kiddo were together when Daddy was the HC of the Redskins. It didn’t work out so well.

    Kiddo did a lot better when not on a staff headed by Daddy.

    Probably should be a HC someday but Kiddo ought to see through the mess that SF is and wait for another option. If that means waiting until next year, so be it. The SF kiddo running that team needs to be taught a lesson.

  54. lanman11 says: Jan 27, 2017 4:12 PM

    Is it against league rulesl for his Dad to be contributing to the Falcons game planning for the Super Bowl if he is not a Falcons employee?

  55. jjackwagon says: Jan 27, 2017 4:14 PM

    I can understand a guy wanting to do his dad a favor but it would be the biggest mistake of his career so far.

  56. mmack66 says: Jan 27, 2017 4:19 PM

    uglydingo says:
    Jan 27, 2017 2:45 PM

    Kiss of death for the 49ers if Mike Shanahan is a key part of moving forward. The smartest thing Kyle can do is rebuild without his permanently grumpy interfering old man. Memo to Jed York – Check how bad things got at the Redskins with Papa Mike.
    ————————–

    The kiss of death for the 49ers was letting little Jed play at being the owner, and then letting him fire Jim Harbaugh to hire Jim Tomsula.

  57. hoopsjock says: Jan 27, 2017 4:23 PM

    It was said that Mike Shanahan didn’t want to make the trade for RG3 and was forced to do so. He wanted Cousins so he took him anyway later in the draft. That looks like a pretty good decision right now.

  58. imodan says: Jan 27, 2017 4:24 PM

    burghfanincincy says:
    Jan 27, 2017 3:55 PM
    “isnt that what happens now Belichick brings in everyone elses garbage and coaches them up?”

    Yeah, he did wonders with Chad Johnson/Ochocinco/WhateverHisNameWasThatYear.
    ———————————————————————–
    He did wonders out coaching Tomlin…………again. It must be comforting hearing your players admitting they were surprised by what the Patriots did. Of course most head coaches would have changed up a few things after being beat 6 out of 8 times but not old Trippin, Excuse Makin Mike. 85 was washed up and dumb as a rock but hey you found a guy to fit your narrative. Ignore the nobodies who became somebodies under Belichick all you want but many of those players have ruined game days for your beloved Steelers and the league in general.

  59. thudspeth says: Jan 27, 2017 4:27 PM

    I must be missing something. The guy brought 2 consecutive Super Bowls to Denver after Elway lost 3. Yes he looked like crap in DC but what coach hasn’t? Heck Joe Gibbs couldn’t get anything done with Dan Schneider pulling the strings. The guy may be a horses ass but a lot of coaches are i’m not sure why a team wouldn’t want him in some capacity.

  60. tonebones says: Jan 27, 2017 4:27 PM

    This would actually work out fine. This would be the same structure Eddie DeBartolo used to build the 49ers’ dynasty. They hired Bill Walsh first. Bill Walsh hired an ex-coach, John McVay to run the front office. McVay hired the personnel people to do the scouting. McVay was the guy that went between the coaching staff and the personnel staff, which allowed those guys to concentrate on what they did well. Mike Shanahan would definitely be looking out for the coach, so he would be keeping a close eye on what everyone else was doing, and hold everyone accountable. You’ll all be worshipping Jed in a few years.

  61. hess97 says: Jan 27, 2017 5:31 PM

    When the SF front office is claiming they want to have chemistry between GM and coach, there really is no better scenario than this.

    I like the idea because these two are going to work well together, now it’s just up to Paraag and Jed to stop acting like they are qualified to interfere with any football aspects of the business.

  62. timswog says: Jan 27, 2017 5:56 PM

    I would love to see mike shanahan employed by the 49ers in some capacity. with all his knowledge, it can only be a good thing. jed York should roll out the red carpet for father and son shanahan to come aboard.

  63. toltecranger says: Jan 27, 2017 6:56 PM

    I hope they make Mike take a polygraph test… for old time’s sake.

  64. majormeatcurtains says: Jan 27, 2017 7:08 PM

    tdubdizzle says:
    Jan 27, 2017 2:19 PM
    The Shanahans know they’re football but man is Mike a weasel.

    I bet that the “weasle” knows the difference between “they’re ” and “their “. Most people born before 2000 learned that in grade school.

  65. elitekane says: Jan 27, 2017 7:58 PM

    intrafinesse says:
    Jan 27, 2017 12:08 PM
    A good HC + a bad GM = a bad team

    Put Belichick on the Jets and 4 years later they would be 8-8, because the GM would bring in garbage and Belichick would get as much as he could out of them.

    ———-

    Bill is a coach and a GM so no one is bringing in people for him. I get the analogy but he is his own GM.

  66. tonebones says: Jan 27, 2017 9:03 PM

    Mike Shanahan was Bill Belichick before Bill Belichick. Shanahan had the best QB in the game, John Elway, and he walked on water. He was without a doubt the smartest guy in America. Now Belichick has the best QB and he’s the smartest guy in America. How quickly we forget.

  67. billysnapface says: Jan 28, 2017 12:16 AM

    Shocking, just shocking!

  68. jjfootball says: Jan 28, 2017 2:34 AM

    Why not, nobody else wants to work for the 49ers.

  69. jjfootball says: Jan 28, 2017 2:38 AM

    They will lose no matter who they hire.

  70. frk49rs says: Jan 28, 2017 5:33 AM

    I could be wrong, but if my memory serves me correctly (and it may not).

    When Sr was in Washington and the team forced RGIII on him, didn’t he waste a late round pick on Cousins, leading almost everyone to ask WTF?

    He found an almost serviceable QB in the late rounds, when the team jacked that draft getting RGIII.

    I have no problems with Sr coming aboard.

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