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Former Broncos, Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan Interviewed for 49ers Head Coaching Vacancy This Week

January 3rd, 2015 at 11:08 PM
By Doug Rush

With Jim Harbaugh now at the University of Michigan, the San Francisco 49ers are starting to pick up their efforts to find their next head coach and one candidate they have on their radar has Super Bowl experience on his resume.

On Saturday night during the first night of the NFL Playoffs, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that the 49ers interviewed with former Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan on Wednesday.

The 62-year-old Shanahan, who sat out the 2014 season after being fired as the head coach of the Redskins at the conclusion of the 2013 season, is looking to make one last run in the NFL and get back into coaching, despite his last run with Washington being a complete disaster.

Shanahan, who is a two-time Super Bowl winning head coach going back to when he won Super Bowl XXXII and XXXIII with the Broncos, went 24-40 in his four seasons with the team, although he did go 10-6 in 2012 and won the NFC East with the team, their first divisional title since 1999, although they lost to the Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card Round.

Before coaching with Denver for 14 years, Shanahan was the offensive coordinator for the 49ers from 1992-1994 under George Seifert and coached the offense that exploded for 49 points and won Super Bowl XXIX over the San Diego Chargers; that game plan lead to Shanahan getting the job with the Broncos; replacing Wade Phillips.

Shanahan went on to coach 14 seasons in Denver and had a 138-86 record during that time with an 8-5 playoff record, although after John Elway retired following the 1998 season, Shanahan went 1-4 in the postseason and lost in the 2005 AFC Championship to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Shanahan is one of several candidates that the 49ers are looking at, they are interested in Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, former New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, among several others, but Shanahan is by far the most prominent name the team has looked at and given his history and ties with the team, could be a definite possibility for the job.

Tags: Denver Broncos, Football, Jim Harbaugh, Mike Shanahan, NFL, San Francisco, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins

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