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Kyle Shanahan
Photograph of Shanahan wearing a grey long-sleeved t-shirt and black shorts and standing on a football practice field holding a small sheaf of papers in his hands
Shanahan with the Atlanta Falcons in 2016
San Francisco 49ers
Position:Head coach
Personal information
Born: (1979-12-14) December 14, 1979 (age 41)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Career information
High school:Cherry Creek
(Greenwood Village, Colorado)
Career history
As coach:
* UCLA (2003)
Graduate assistant
Career highlights and awards
* AP NFL Assistant Coach of the Year ( 2016)
Head coaching record
Regular season:10–22 (.313)
Coaching stats at PFR

Kyle Michael Shanahan[1] (born December 14, 1979) is an American football coach who is the current head coach of the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). Previously, he served as the offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons, whose offense led the league in points scored in 2016 and helped the team reach Super Bowl LI. In addition to the 49ers and Falcons, Shanahan has coached for the Houston Texans, Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns. He is the son of former NFL head coach Mike Shanahan.

Early life

Shanahan was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, while his father coached at the University of Minnesota. He attended Saratoga High School in Saratoga, California in 1994, while his father worked as offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers. He later attended Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, Colorado, while his father served as head coach of the Denver Broncos. Shanahan accepted a scholarship offer by Carl Franks of Duke University, but chose to transfer as redshirt freshman to the University of Texas at Austin. Shanahan played wide receiver on a Longhorn team that featured future college coach Major Applewhite as well as future NFL players Roy Williams, Cedric Benson, Bo Scaife, Mike Williams, Quentin Jammer, and Chris Simms. Shanahan and Simms are close friends, and Simms has a tattoo of Shanahan's initials on his leg.[2]

Coaching career

College career

I studied every potential Xs and Os play and issue possible. I spent my whole life working on that. My goal was that any question a player could have about anything on the field, I'd be able to answer it.

—Kyle Shanahan, 2006[3]

Soon after he graduated from Texas in 2003, Shanahan became graduate assistant to Karl Dorrell at UCLA.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Shanahan was hired as assistant coach for offensive quality control under head coach Jon Gruden with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Gruden had held a similar position with the San Francisco 49ers in 1990, at about the same age that Shanahan had in 2004.

Houston Texans

In 2006, Shanahan was hired by Gary Kubiak to serve as wide receivers coach for the Houston Texans. Kubiak had previously served as offensive coordinator under Mike Shanahan with the Broncos. At the time, Kyle Shanahan was the youngest position coach in the NFL. A season later, Shanahan received another promotion to become the Texans quarterback coach. In 2007, he had also been offered to become offensive coordinator at the University of Minnesota, where former Broncos assistant Tim Brewster just became head coach. Shanahan declined, citing his decision to be an NFL coach.[4] Shanahan was immediately dealt as the frontrunner for the vacant offensive coordinator position after Mike Sherman had left the Texans to take over as head coach at Texas A&M University.[5]

On January 11, 2008, Shanahan was officially promoted, becoming the youngest coordinator in the NFL, being more than three years younger than Josh McDaniels of the New England Patriots.

Washington Redskins

In 2010, Shanahan left the Texans to join his father, Mike Shanahan, with the Washington Redskins. The Redskins' performance during his tenure led some to question whether Shanahan's hiring was an example of unearned nepotism.[6] In 2012, Shanahan was fined $25,000 for insulting the replacement officials and confronting one after a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.[7] On December 30, 2013, Kyle, along with his father and the rest of the coaching staff, were fired from the Redskins.[8]

Cleveland Browns

On February 1, 2014, it was reported by media outlets that Shanahan was hired as offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns.[9] On January 8, 2015, Shanahan resigned from his offensive coordinator position after disagreeing with the front office's mandate that rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel start.[10]

Atlanta Falcons

On January 18, 2015, the Atlanta Falcons hired Shanahan as their new offensive coordinator.[11][12] After going 8–8 in 2015, the Falcons' offense under Shanahan was the highest-scoring offense in the league in 2016 and earned an 11–5 record, a division title, and a Super Bowl LI berth against the New England Patriots.[13] Shanahan was named the NFL Assistant Coach of the Year for the 2016 season.[14]

During Super Bowl LI, the Falcons held a 28–3 lead over the Patriots, in part thanks to Shanahan's play-calling and the Falcons' execution of those plays. However, Shanahan was criticized for being too aggressive by not using a ball-control running attack late in the game which, along with a crucial turnover by Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan, resulted in the Falcons losing by a score of 34–28 in overtime.[15][16]

San Francisco 49ers

On February 6, 2017, one day after the Super Bowl, Shanahan was officially hired as the next head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.[17][18][19]. He won his first preseason game 27–17 against the Kansas City Chiefs on August 11, 2017.[20] On November 12, 2017, he won his first regular season game against the New York Giants by a score of 31–21. On December 3, 2017, he led the 49ers to a 15–14 victory over the Chicago Bears, which marked the first start for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo as a 49er. On December 31, 2017, the last day of the 2017 NFL regular season, Shanahan and the 49ers defeated the Los Angeles Rams 34–13, ending the season on a 5-game win streak and winning 6 out of the last 7 games.

Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom Kyle Shanahan has served:

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
SF 2017 6 10 0 .375 4th in NFC West
SF 2018 4 12 0 .250 3rd in NFC West
Total 10 22 0 .313


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  14. Bergman, Jeremy (February 4, 2017). "Kyle Shanahan named NFL Assistant Coach of the Year".
  15. Chadiha, Jeffri. "Falcons' historic collapse leads to Patriots' fifth Super Bowl win". NFL. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  16. "Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons - February 5th, 2017". Retrieved August 6, 2017.
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  18. Shook, Nick. "Kyle Shanahan named head coach of 49ers". Retrieved February 6, 2017.
  19. "'Sound FX': Kyle Shanahan and 49ers try to slow down Larry Fitzgerald" (in en).
  20. Fann, Joe (August 11, 2017). "13 Takeaways: 49ers 27 - Chiefs 17". Retrieved August 12, 2017.

External links

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