Report: Mike Shanahan in play for job on 49ers staff

AP

On Friday, we shared the news that Kyle Shanahan has turned down an opportunity to interview for the offensive coordinator job with the 49ers.

There wasn’t a specific reason given for that decision, but it seems the 49ers may wind up with a Shanahan on their coaching staff anyway.

Dianna Marie Russini of NBC4 in Washington reported the news on Shanahan and she’s now reporting that Mike Shanahan is “in play” for the offensive coordinator job on Jim Tomsula’s staff. Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com has heard the same, although he reports only that Shanahan could take a job on the coaching staff.

Shanahan was the 49ers offensive coordinator from 1992 to 1994, working with Steve Young and winning a Super Bowl before heading to Denver as a head coach.

It would be quite an unexpected development for the elder Shanahan to return to the NFL as an assistant coach at 62 after three head coaching stints, but it would give Colin Kaepernick an experienced guide as he tries to rebound from a rough 2014 season while also beefing up the experience around Tomsula as he embarks on his first permanent head coaching gig.

63 responses to “Report: Mike Shanahan in play for job on 49ers staff

  1. This is also a painfully easy route to a head coaching job with the 49ers when Tomsula inevitably fails.

  2. He is still the “Mastermind” when he has talent to work with. 49er’s best chance for a Super Bowl right here.

  3. Tomsula appears to be a figurehead and clueless; ergo, Shanahan would make all the offensive calls. They need to get a similar experienced DC to make those calls…and then Mr. T is home free, big paycheck, title, and cheerleader-in-chief.

  4. Shanahan is the embodiment of “class and humility.” Just ask him about all those leaks to the Washington Post once things with the Skins went south.

  5. Shanahan is no dummy. He sees an implosion happening and figures if he is on staff when it happens he will be looked at as the Wise Stabilizing Influence and be appointed interim h.c.

  6. This would be awesome for the 49ers. I’m not sure about Tomsula, but this would be a great addition to the staff and give the HC someone to lean on. Maybe Kyle becomes the QB coach too. However I see both as long shots.

  7. I’m surprised he’s not able to land a HC gig yet. That said, Mike Shanahan is well-versed in NFL politics. It’s only a matter of time before he gets Tomsula fired and assume the HC job in SF.

  8. Kyle is no longer in the run as he is expected to go to Denver with Kubiak once he accepts the job.

  9. Mike OC in San Fran and Kyle OC in Chicago… Niners come to Soldier Field in 2015… that could be fun.

  10. Shanarat is taking this job because he knows Tomsula will fail and then he can take over. Once he gets in the building, I’m sure the lobbying will begin. They don’t call him Shanarat for nothing.

  11. Well if the Niners are looking for an OC to coach a qb who runs too much and can’t read defenses they would definitely be hiring the coach with the most experience in that area.

  12. This hiring would help restore some confidence in the Niners front office. But I doubt Yorkie will cough up the money needed to bring Mike Shannahan in. It would be nice to see him back with the Niners. Last time he was here was the last time we won a Super Bowl.

  13. One doesn’t have to be a student of Machiavelli to figure out Mike’s motives or predict the back stabbing and dirty dealings that this hire would bring.

  14. Interesting opportunity.

    Shanahan is getting old, and his window for employment is getting smaller.

    Take a year or two to repair the damage done to his reputation in WAS. Move on to another HC job, or take over if Tomsula appears in over his head.

    Good move for both the 49ers and Mike.

  15. Just goes to show all the money in the world can’t buy smarts (York). You go from having the best, young innovative, winning coach on the planet to a yes man dope Tomsula and a failure, rat, backstabber for your OC. All to pet your ego.

    The 9ers have now just become the Raiders. Feel bad for their fans.

  16. Tomsula better wear his “back” stab-vest.

    The Rat will be jockeying for his job beginning day 1.

  17. wgward says:
    Jan 16, 2015 2:57 PM

    Tomsula appears to be a figurehead and clueless; ergo, Shanahan would make all the offensive calls. They need to get a similar experienced DC to make those calls…and then Mr. T is home free, big paycheck, title, and cheerleader-in-chief.

    JackKnob- who the hell do you think calls the offense with a defensive coach?

  18. Shanny, playing second fiddle to Tomsula — hahaha, what a laff! Can anyone see the subterfuge in this lol

  19. justintuckrule says:
    The 9ers have now just become the Raiders. Feel bad for their fans.

    that’s like Doug Flutie feeling sorry for
    Joe Montana cuz Joe doesn’t have a Heismann
    save it Brah,dont need no sympathy

  20. That’s got to be a mighty intimidating choice for Tomsula knowing you’ve got a 2 time SB winning coach as your OC.

    Good for Shanahan on accepting an OC position with a class organization rather than a head coaching position with a lessor organization and thereby repeating the same uphill grind as occurred with a poorly run organization like Washington.

    I don’t hold Shanahan responsible for RW’s shortcomings. After RW’s massive injury he was very limited. Why fans, sports writers, expect miraculous recoveries soon after those experiencing major injuries is beyond me.

  21. He would be an excellent OC and has a proven track record with QBs. Kap needs a coach that brings out his best qualities. None of that happened last year. Harbaugh/Roman put too much of the game on Kap and ignored Gore too much, with awful results.
    Notice how Shanny never got to the really serious stage in this round of numerous head coaching job openings? He’s 62 and damaged goods after getting fired in DEN and DC.
    This is probably the best job he can get at this point in his career.
    For those who think Tomsula will crash and burn, you might be in for some disappointment. He’s very highly thought of around the league, and the right man at the right time for the job after last season’s drama.
    Shanny will actually make him look good.

  22. He helped make Steve Young who he was……let’s hope he can do the same for Kaepernick…..quick.

  23. “He’s gonna ruin Kaepernick’s knees just like he did RGIII’s.”

    Shanahan didn’t ruin his knees, that travesty they call a football field did.

  24. Wow…Harbaugh rubbed York and Baalke the wrong way so bad that they now want to undermine their new head coach. They really don’t like head coaches

  25. Not to troll 9ers fans but I have the 2011 NFCCG DVRed and I’ve watched it a million times. There’s a few clips of Tomsula talking to the D-Line. That dude is as clueless as they come! You think he’s developing schemes to beat Pete Carroll?? That really must be good stuff you’re growing in Humboldt if that’s what you’re believing.

  26. My 2015 NFC West predictions:

    1) Cards – 12-4
    2) Seattle 10-6 (too many games in two years will finally take a toll)
    3) Rams 8-8
    4) SF 5-11 (Tomsula fired after 1-7 start, Shanahan promoted [[that’s why he took the OC job…he’s no dummy]])

  27. THIS IS AWESOME IN EVERY WAY! Not only in his experience, mentor skills, ethic and player development…. Builds development for future as well. Hate to say but future contingency too. Awesome exec level decision making if this can happen… Big fan of what’s transpiring. The negative fans will be shocked!!

  28. norcal00 says: Jan 16, 2015 3:08 PM

    Shanarat is taking this job because he knows Tomsula will fail and then he can take over. Once he gets in the building, I’m sure the lobbying will begin. They don’t call him Shanarat for nothing.

    If by “They” you mean the kids that post comments about hair styles, pictures, or name calling then it doesn’t matter. Mike wasn’t responsible for the field maintenance that trashed RGs knees but he was responsible for the offense as assistant coach that won a SB as well as responsible for a team with back to back SB wins. At 14, I’m sure that 62 seems old but the fact remains that Mike knows more about running a championship team than you ever could hope to. And name one coach that succeeded under the “ownership” in Washington. You can’t, that person doesn’t exist.

  29. Not to troll 9ers fans but I have the 2011 NFCCG DVRed and I’ve watched it a million times. There’s a few clips of Tomsula talking to the D-Line. That dude is as clueless as they come! You think he’s developing schemes to beat Pete Carroll?? That really must be good stuff you’re growing in Humboldt if that’s what you’re believing.

    —-
    He’s clueless? Yet you’re the one assuming that Tomsula would be in any way shape or form ‘developing schemes’ on offense to take Carroll’s defense?

  30. Could be related to the Tomsula press conference debacle yesterday. Shanahan might become co-coach and will do most of the talking to the media.

  31. 90% of Niner fans are still really mad about losing Haubaugh, Fangio, etc and very few of us think Tomsula was a good hire. Hiring Shanahan would absolutely be an olive branch for the fans who feel betrayed by a petulant child of an owner.

  32. Insurance when that Tomsula puppet fails and Boy Blunder Jed has a plan B. Hard to see Shannarat working under a guy that can’t hold his jock in the coaching ranks. This will all end REALLY BAD!!!!

  33. Meanwhile, Jed and Shanahan’s camp are already crafting behind the scene anonymous leaks saying Tomsula has lost the team.

  34. Mike Shanahan is too much of a control freak/narcissist to work on a staff led by Tomsula. I find this report to be very hard to believe. York obviously wants a lapdog that says “yes, sir” alot. Shanahan would not take a HC job unless he is given a large amount of control. There is no way he could take that job, much less keep his mouth shut if he did.

  35. Looks liked Adam Schefter is back at work promoting the guy who gave him his start in the business (his son, Young Mastermind, as well). Funny how he was being ‘considered’, or ‘promoted as a favorite’ and ‘a possible must sign’ guy. Now, those same tag lines and rumors are popping up with SF now that the Bears gig is closed. And, not giving up, Schefter is now working the media to promote Kyle Shanahan as the Bears OC. Out of the blue, mind you. Pretty easy to drop these story bombs all over as any bit of info gets picked up and carried without much vetting.

    What’s funny is not one team has interviewed either Shanahan for any job. The Bears even went as far as saying they had never even considered Mastermind Mike Shanahan. Same with the Bills, with Ryan not being a fan of either of them.

    Schefter was the guy who helped Shanahan ‘leak’ stories about his enemies in Denver. Schefter then made it big as a behind the scenes guy who manages to get stories right before they’re released. Sort of a media ambulance chaser. Prior to the Skins signing them, we were treated to a full court press, compliments of Adam, of what a great coach he was (Mike S.) and how he would use that greatness to turn the team around and get them in the Super Bowl in no time. When it became clear that he sucked, he started leaking stories about his players, then owner Dan Snyder and how they were responsible, not him. Again, Schefter’s handiwork. The local media in DC kept pointing that out, how they never got inside scoops from Shanahan, yet stories kept popping up in the news. From someone. Later, they found out it had been Schefter all along.

    So, hopefully the Bears will pass on Young Shanahan and let them mess up some other team. The Bears have enough of their own issues right now.

  36. offensive coordinator may be a good fit for Shanahan because it is not as demanding a position as head coach. He is nearing retirement age. In fact he can collect social security right now.

  37. 2 prima donnas (Cutler and RGIII) have cost Shanahan jobs on 2 different teams. Kap is not a prima donna, but it looks like Shanahan won’t be HC unless Tomsula shows that he cannot handle the job.

  38. Shanahan ruined RG3. It is his fault, plain and simple. No way should RG3 have even been in that game in the first place, with his knee already hurting and with that field in the piss poor condition it was in. It is the head coach’s job to protect his QB, and Shanahan failed miserably. RG3 hasn’t been the same since. Shanahan should have been fired after that episode.

    The statements about the subterfuge and politics are spot on. This is a bad hire without a doubt and time will bear this out.

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