Of the six coaches who interviewed to become the 49ers’ fourth head coach in four years, three took jobs with other teams and two decided to remain in current positions.
That leaves Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan as the de Cheap Jerseys In Toronto facto front-runner for the final vacant position in the NFL.
On Tuesday, Doug Hendrickson, the agent for Tom Cable, posted on Twitter that Cable is reaffirming his commitment to the Seahawks and thus has withdrawn his name from consideration in the 49ers’ search. Hendrickson’s tweet followed an ESPN.com report that said the 49ers plan to offer Shanahan the job upon the conclusion of Atlanta’s season.
San Francisco has yet to hire a general manager to replace Cheap Jerseys Mall Trent Baalke, who was fired along with coach Chip Kelly two weeks ago.
Seahawks co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner, a top candidate in the search, withdrew his name on Tuesday in apparent lockstep with Cable, whom was said to be Kirchner’s preferred choice as coach.
Two other candidates who have interviewed with the 49ers, the CardinalsTerry McDonough and the PackersBrian Gutekunst, reportedly favor Shanahan.
Shanahan, long a bridesmaid in head-coaching searches and son of former NFL coach Mike Shanahan, once again has been one of the more sought-after names on the market this offseason. His Falcons offense led the NFL in scoring in 2016, and he’s been credited with the rejuvenation of quarterback Matt Ryan, who ranked second in passing yards (4,944) and touchdowns (38).
Hired by Atlanta in 2015, the 37-year-old is with his fourth team since 2008, so San Francisco would seem to be his best shot yet to finally make the leap to head coach.
But top candidates haven’t exactly been chomping at the bit to work for the 49ers, with a high turnover rate in recent seasons under team president Jed York a possible detractor. Jim Tomsula and Kelly lasted only one season each after York sent Jim Harbaugh packing in 2014.