1) He's a proven coach in this league. Has HAS won Superbowls, and has put winning teams with winning players on the field. He understands how to run a successful football team.
2) He's an offensive genius. He had that great run of RBs that excelled under his tutelage + oline, only to see them leave and become less than adequate on other rosters.
2A) He brings the WCO tradition back to where it belongs. Im sorry, but this Singletary "Im going to play not to lose" philosophy just doesnt fit with Niner tradition. It's as ludicrous as expecting the Steelers to execute the West Coast offense with perfection. Some teams live and die by their legacy. As adamant as Rooney has been to keep the hard nosed, stuff your face football in Pittsburgh, we should expect just the same with the WCO in San Fran. Shanahan will do just that.
3) He's from the Bill Walsh coaching tree. Nuff said.
4) He brings attention back to Ninerland, and we become an NFL franchise on the map just because of his presence alone.
1)The only thing that Shanny has proven is that he can win games so long as John Elway is under center. With Elway he won two Super Bowls. Without him he's had two playoff victories, both of which came in 2006. (FYI: Elway retired in 1998).
2)I agree here. The mans knows how to put a mean rushing attack together. Can't take that away from him.
2A) While I understand the sentiment, I think this whole "49er legacy" thing is out of hand. Running the WCO doesn't automatically equal Championships. There are numerous examples of this around the league. I personally am for whatever philosophy wins us some damn games
3) Wrong. Shanahan cut his teeth in the league calling plays for Dan Reeves (for the Broncos). After scrubbing it up as the LA Raiders Head Coach, he was then hired by George Seifert as the 49ers OC. He called plays for us for three years before leaving to become the Broncos HC. Not that being from the Bill Wash tree means anything anyway. Just ask Sherman Lewis (the Redskins OC).
4) If he does as well for us as he did for the Broncos, we'd be consistently mediocre. But hey, at least we would be getting some attention.