Report: Kyle Shanahan was closer to coaching the Broncos than people think

Jan 22, 2017 at 2:39 PM--


Former Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph landed the head coaching job with the Denver Broncos, but Mile High Sports Radio co-host Les Shapiro shared on Sunday that Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan may have made the decision very tough on general manager John Elway.

Shanahan is expected to be named the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers whenever the Falcons are done with their playoff run. The 49ers are expected to meet with Shanahan again this week. Of course, the Broncos may have been a more appealing destination for Shanahan had Elway not been worried about any growing pains that the coordinator might endure during his first time as head coach. Elway decided to go with the candidate that he considered to be more of a "leader of men."

"[Elway] thinks the world of Kyle's offensive acumen," Shapiro said. "He wanted to get back to those days of Mike Shanahan going up and down the field, and he knows Kyle is an offshoot of, is a prodigal son of his father, and knows offense very, very well. John kept thinking 'this offense sucks, and I want to get back to being what we've been in the past, to being what we were when I was the quarterback.'"

Elway believed that Shanahan had the ability to fix the Broncos offense, but didn't want to take a risk given that the team still has a lot of talent and the general manager believes that Denver is still in a window that allows them to compete for a Super Bowl.

"If John Elway – I know this for a fact now – felt this team was in a rebuild, and felt he needed to bring a different culture into that locker room and into the meeting rooms, Kyle Shanahan very well could have been your head coach right now," Shapiro said. "John Elway felt that they were still on the track to go to the playoffs, and even get to and win a Super Bowl again. Because they're not in a rebuild, because they don't need to change the culture any, Vance Joseph was the guy to come in and keep things going."

You can listen to the entire interview on Mile High Sports Radio.





More San Francisco 49ers News



49ers' Kyle Shanahan is Shrinking in the Spotlight

By Gilbert Brink
Nov 16, 2020

Enough Excuses. On Sunday, the 49ers suffered their 3rd straight blowout loss, dropping them to 4-6 and continuing their free-fall to irrelevancy. It was a game they could have won, the opportunities were there, but the 49ers just couldn't muster up more than 13 points of offense. Now, more than ever, the 49ers' 2020 season seems to be completely lost. While many look for a direction to point the finger, and there are a few obvious areas, start with the head coach. Sure, there have been a plethora of injuries, but one side of the ball has been handling those injuries much better than the other. Robert Saleh's defensive unit has been depleted by the injury bug, losing Dee Ford, Nick Bosa, Richard Sherman, Solomon Thomas, K'waun Williams, Jaquiski Tartt and other significant

Read the Full Article


49ers' Kyle Shanahan jokes about running out of hat options for games

By David Bonilla
Nov 14, 2020

Kyle Shanahan has yet to wear his official red Shanahat this season. If he hasn't by now, he probably isn't going to. The San Francisco 49ers coach has come close, though. He switched to a red version of the team's script hat during the team's Week 9 contest against the Green Bay Packers, but it wasn't the Shanahat. The 49ers sit at 4-5, which places them in last place within the NFC West. So Shanahan's choices of headwear haven't been as lucky as last season, and the coach is running out of options. "I wore a red hat last week," Shanahan jokingly explained on Thursday during KNBR's Tolbert, Krueger & Brooks show. "That didn't help too much. I'm running out of colors. I've got white left, and New

Read the Full Article


49ers-Saints: Kyle Shanahan says RB JaMycal Hasty broke his collarbone, provides other injury updates

By David Bonilla
Nov 15, 2020

San Francisco 49ers running back JaMycal Hasty went down with an injury in the fourth quarter of today's loss to the New Orleans Saints. He later left for the locker room to be examined. The injury left the 49ers with Jerick McKinnon and Austin Walter as the only available running backs. Head coach Kyle Shanahan spoke with reporters after the game and said that Hasty suffered a broken collarbone. That means he'll probably miss a significant amount of time and will likely become yet another 49ers player to land on injured reserve. Shanahan is hoping to get running backs Raheem Mostert (ankle) and Tevin Coleman (knee) back after the bye week. "I'm hoping they are," Shanahan said of their chances to return in time for the 49ers' Week 12

Read the Full Article

Featured

More Featured Stories

Trending News

More News
Share 49erswebzone