SANTA CLARA, Calif. - On Wednesday, we took a closer look at some of the possibilities the San Francisco 49ers will have to consider as they seek both short- and long-term solutions at quarterback.
Whatever lingering regrets Shanahan might have will soon be pushed aside by the considerable task of teaming with new general manager John Lynch in an effort to get the 49ers back on track following a 2-14 season. LaFleur is quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur's brother, and could be in line for that gig in San Francisco, too. We're not where we need to be.
Shanahan's official hiring Monday could not come, per league rules, until after he coached in the Super Bowl.
It's what the Falcons have done since Shanahan's departure that blows the mind. Now, whether or not he was right Shanahan has to learn not to really say anything that really "outs" a player like he did here.
Shanahan said he doesn't recall "those exact words", but admitted it sounds like him because "you're responsible for what happens out there".
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"I think a great example is Cam Newton", Warner said, citing last season's league MVP who took the Carolina Panthers to the Super Bowl but failed to repeat that performance this season. He moved up to the Bay Area in sixth grade and spent time as a ball boy for the 49ers. "That's the way we wanted it, that's the way we wanted it reflected, but that's the reality of it".
Regarding the quarterback position, per NinersNation.com, Shanahan said the team just wants the "best player available", regardless of whether it's a rookie added through the draft or a veteran. Colin Kaepernick can opt out of his contract next month; Blaine Gabbert, Christian Ponder and Thad Lewis are all set to be free agents.
Things have fallen apart for the 49ers since reaching three straight NFC Championship Games from 2011-13. Chip Kelly had trouble doing it in only one year partly due to the toxic nature of the team's front office. "Last year he was off the charts".
Bringing in Shanahan and Lynch at the same time to lead the turnaround is the first step toward restoring the 49ers toward respectability.