Near certainty that Shanahan will accept 49ers' offer

Multiple reports have the 49ers signing Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan as soon as his team's season is over (which will hopefully be this Sunday). They'll present GM candidates and work to put together a staff he would be comfortable with.

The first domino to fall, when New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels announced his intention to return to the team, also provided some insight into the direction of the head coaching search.

The Falcons offense has been turning heads and shattering team records all season long, and their brilliant play may have just earned offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan his first head coaching gig.

Gutekunst received a new title prior to last season after Packers general manager Ted Thompson denied permission for him to interview for the director of player personnel job with the Tennessee Titans.


Shanahan got his first National Football League job as an offensive quality control coach in Tampa Bay in 2004. As York conducted back-to-back interviews Monday with Trent Kirchner and Scott Fitterer, the Seahawks' co-directors of player personnel, he felt increased urgency to reach out to Shanahan and convey his intention to offer him the job. Seattle Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable was the other candidate under consideration, but Cable's agent, Doug Hendrickson, tweeted Tuesday afternoon that Cable was going to remain with the Seahawks.

That essentially short-circuited the candidacy of Cable, who after learning early Tuesday of the Niners' intention to hire Shanahan - and the coach's apparent willingness to accept the position - prepared to pull his name from contention.

However, it's less clear if Shanahan will be willing to move on from a good situation in Atlanta.

The 49ers interviewed nine candidates for the general manager position.

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