The San Francisco 49ers are now the dumpster fire of the NFL. After hiring Chip Kelly to coach the team in 2016, they have since fired him and GM Trent Baalke. They are currently the only team in the NFL without a head coach. What will they do? It looks like they will hire Kyle Shanahan. Let us take a look at how he won by default.
Reports surfaced Tuesday that the 49ers are willing to offer the vacant head coaching opening to Atlanta Falcons Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan. They are in no rush to bring in a head coach, thus making him the leading candidate. They have interviewed several people for the job along with Shanahan. None of which panned out. 2 removed themselves from the situation Josh McDaniels and Tom Cable, 2 were hired by other teams, and so now they have to wait. Why are teams avoiding the 49ers?
It could be because of the unstable structure of the organization. They are searching in reverse. Most teams hire the General Manager first and then he hires the head coach. The San Francisco 49ers are hiring the head coach, Kyle Shanahan and allowing him to partake in the selection of the GM. The 49ers are making sure that the GM is one that the head coach likes. That is the complete opposite from normal structure in the NFL.
It could also be the lack of offensive talent on the roster. The best thing they have on offense is the often injured RB Carlos Hyde. They are in dire need of a QB. They are in dire need of WRs. And they are going to need to protect those investments upfront. The offense along with the 32nd ranked defense are going to have to go through a major overhaul. This is going to be a complete rebuild for whatever GM and head coach takes the job. This will take patience by these two people and the whole organization.
The San Francisco 49ers may have their head coach in Kyle Shanahan but is he really the guy to put out the fire. He is going to have to bring in an all-star staff to help turn this thing around. I am not sure who is left out there that fits that stature. Shanahan, his staff, and the new GM are walking into the hottest fire in the NFL. Are they the extinguishers to douse the flames, or just the retardant to keep them at a low burn? Only time will tell.