With very little NFL news during the pandemic, the 49ers went ahead and gave talk shows their new story for this week.
Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers have reached a 6-year contract extension through the 2025 season.
Despite his 10-22 record prior to last season, the 49ers turnaround proved his ability to coach this team, and eliminate any rumors of him being on the ‘hot seat.’ As the NFL has continued to form into more of a pass-happy league, San Francisco hinged on their explosive running attack to accommodate their top-tier defense.
Coming off of a 13-3 record along with a Super Bowl appearance, Shanahan will look to pick up where his team left off in hopes of hoisting a Lombardi Trophy. Since the head coach’s time in San Francisco, Shanahan has found ways to take his offense to the next level and keeping them amongst the NFL’s best.
Developing young guys like Deebo Samuel, Matt Breida, Kendrick Bourne, Raheem Mostert, and George Kittle (who is arguably the best TE in football), Shanahan has found numerous ways to torch opposing defenses. His designed RPO plays, play-action passes, runs up the gut, and reverse plays make him a unique play-caller, and partly why the 49ers offense took off in the 2019 season.
Although the 49ers lost veterans such as Emmanuel Sanders and Matt Breida, Shanahan’s will look to take his offense to the next level in 2020, trading for former All-Pro LT Trent Williams (following the departure of long-time 49ers captain Joe Staley), drafting rookie wide receivers Brandon Aiyuk and Jauan Jennings, along with run-blocking tight end Charlie Woener. Each player brings a different skill set to the table, setting up a perfect marriage between coach Kyle and his rookies.
Locking up Shanahan gives the Niners hope to make another Super Bowl run in 2020, and this time hopefully coming out on top. Not only has Shanahan taken this 49ers team to the next level, the locker room sits on his side. As Shanahan spoke professionally and thoughtfully following the unfortunate events that occurred in America, his heartfelt, honest, and candid perspective on racial injustice in this country resonated with his staff and players. The team, the staff, and fans all believe in Shanahan, as he’ll look to bounce back from this year’s Super Bowl loss.
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