Mike Shanahan said recently that he’s interested in coaching again, and the 49ers may be willing to give him that opportunity.
San Francisco General Manager Trent Baalke spoke with Shanahan on Tuesday, a source told CSNBayArea.com. It’s not clear whether that conversation constituted an interview, but it appears that Shanahan is on the 49ers’ radar.
Shanahan has said that if he gets back into coaching, he wants it to be with a team that could win right away. The 49ers, who were in the NFC Championship Game three straight years before slipping to 8-8 this year, would seem to qualify.
A complicating factor could be that Shanahan’s son, Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, is also reportedly a candidate for the 49ers job.
Mike Shanahan won two Super Bowls with the Broncos but was largely unsuccessful during his two other head-coaching stints, going 8-12 early in his career as the coach of the Raiders and then going 24-40 in four seasons in Washington.