Less than 24 hours after the Atlanta Falcons lost to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan officially has a new job.
The San Francisco 49ers announced Monday they have named Shanahan head coach.
Shanahan will replace Chip Kelly. The Falcons had the No. 1-ranked offense under Shanahan and the 49ers hope he could bring back some of the glory that San Francisco has lost over the last few years.
“This is a very exciting day for the San Francisco 49ers and our fans,” 49ers CEO Jed York said in a statment. “Throughout this process, we learned many things about Kyle that convinced us he is the perfect coach to lead this team. Over the years, he has proven to be one of the brightest minds in the game of football and his recent success speaks for itself. Kyle’s leadership has brought the best out of his players at every phase of his career and we look forward to watching him build a talented staff to accomplish the same with our players.
“Kyle and John are top-tier, football men with outstanding pedigrees who join the organization with a tremendous amount of respect for each other. The future of this franchise will be constructed from their vision, and we look forward to watching them work together for years to come as they instill the culture necessary to consistently compete for championships.”
Shanahan was named the 2016 Associated Press assistant coach of the year.