Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk writes that Kyle Shanahan may actually have the kind of leverage with the 49ers to get them to bring in his father, Mike Shanahan, in some capacity.
According to Florio, there’s talk in league circles that Kyle may try to get his father a job with the 49ers, but it’s unclear what kind of role Shanahan would have with the team.
The 49ers appear to be set on hiring Kyle as their next head coach and they’ve already scheduled follow-up interviews for this weekend with the two remaining GM candidates — Cardinals’ Terry McDonough and Vikings’ George Paton.
San Francisco is trying to determine who will be the best fit with Shanahan but reports have said that they could still re-open their GM search, depending on how things go.
In fact, Jason La Canfora hears that it’s by no means certain the 49ers hire one of two current candidates as their next GM and they could easily expand their search in the coming days.
Another name recently connected to the 49ers is former Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik.
There’s no question Shanahan has leverage with the 49ers. However, it remains to be seen whether he’ll use that to try to get his father a position with the team.
Shanahan, 37, was hired by the Falcons as offensive coordinator back in January of 2015. He began his NFL coaching career with the Buccaneers in 2004 and was later hired by the Texans as a receivers coach. Kyle eventually became the team’s offensive coordinator for two seasons before signing with the Redskins as offensive coordinator.
After a brief stint with the Browns as offensive coordinator, Shanahan agreed to take over the Falcons’ offense under HC Dan Quinn.
Shanahan has since put together one of the best offenses in the NFL and is one win away from a Super Bowl title.
We’ll have more regarding the 49ers’ GM search as the news is available.