Kyle Shanahan

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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 [1]
San Francisco 49ers
Position:Head coach
Personal information
Born: (1979-12-14) December 14, 1979 (age 40)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Career information
High school:Cherry Creek
(Greenwood Village, Colorado)
Career history
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Head coaching record
Regular season:23–25 (.479)
Postseason:2–1 (.667)
Career:25–26 (.490)
Coaching stats at PFR

Kyle Michael Shanahan[2] (born December 14, 1979) is an American football coach who is the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He previously 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 Falcons, Shanahan has been offensive coordinator for the Houston Texans, Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns. On February 6, 2017, the 49ers hired Shanahan as their head coach, replacing Chip Kelly. In his third season with the team, Shanahan led the 49ers to Super Bowl LIV. He is the son of former NFL head coach Mike Shanahan.

Early life[edit]

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 caught 14 passes for 127 yards in his career for the University of Texas at Austin.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

College career[edit]

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

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

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[edit]

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.[5] 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.[6]

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[edit]

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.[7] In 2012, Shanahan was fined $25,000 for insulting the replacement officials and confronting one after a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.[8] On December 30, 2013, Kyle, along with his father and the rest of the coaching staff, were fired from the Redskins.[9]

Cleveland Browns[edit]

On February 1, 2014, it was reported by media outlets that Shanahan was hired as offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns.[10] 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.[11]

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

On January 18, 2015, the Atlanta Falcons hired Shanahan as their new offensive coordinator.[12][13] 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.[14] Shanahan was named the NFL Assistant Coach of the Year for the 2016 season.[15]

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 resulted in the Falcons losing by a score of 34–28 in overtime.[16][17]

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

On February 6, 2017, one day after the Super Bowl, Shanahan was officially hired as the next head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.[18][19][20]

2017 season[edit]

Shanahan won his first preseason game 27–17 against the Kansas City Chiefs on August 11, 2017.[21] However, the 49ers had begun the season 0–9.[22] On November 12, 2017, Shanahan won his first regular-season game against the New York Giants by a score of 31–21. Three weeks later, 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.

2018 season[edit]

The 49ers managed to win only 4 games in 2018.[23] The team was impacted by an early season-ending torn ACL to starting quarterback Garoppolo.[24] Garoppolo's injury was immediately viewed as ruining the 49ers hopes for the season, despite Shanahan's optimistic outlook on Garoppolo's replacement, C. J. Beathard.[25]

2019 season[edit]

The 49ers won their first 8 games of the 2019 season, making Shanahan only the third coach, along with Tom Landry and Marvin Lewis to begin 8–0 after an earlier 0–8 season start.[26] The 49ers finished the regular season with a 13–3 record, winning the NFC West division title and securing the #1 seed which gave the team home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

The 49ers defeated the Minnesota Vikings 27–10 in the Divisional round and advanced to the NFC Championship game, where they beat the Green Bay Packers 37–20 and advanced to Super Bowl LIV, where they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs 31–20.

Head coaching record[edit]

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
SF 2019 13 3 0 .813 1st in NFC West 2 1 .667 Lost to Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV
Total 23 25 0 .479 2 1 .667

Personal life[edit]

Kyle Shanahan married Amanda "Mandy" O’Donnell on July 5, 2005.[27]


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