Kyle Shanahan comes back to Denver on Thursday — 31 months too late.Shanahan The Younger, who used to dream of playing and coaching for the Broncos, has lived in Colorado during three periods of his 39 years.A fourth time seemingly was possible in January 2017.Instead, Kyle returns as the 49ers coach. He also has lived in the Bay Area three different cycles as the son of a nomadic coach and as a peripatetic player and coach himself.Both have been in college and professional football in nine diverse locations. Sports Coverage Woody Paige: Ranking the best and worst Denver Broncos teams over 59 years Kyle was born in, of all places, Minneapolis, Dec. 14, 1979, while his father served, for one season, as the Minnesota Golden Gophers’ offensive coordinator. His homes as a boy and young man reflect Mike’s career. Shanahan The Elder had been an assistant coach at four colleges before being hired by Broncos coach Dan Reeves in 1984 to mentor second-year … [Read more...] about Woody Paige: Kyle Shanahan to make Denver head coaching debut
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Kyle Shanahan’s career as a wide receiver at the University of Texas was derailed by a fateful evening walk with his dog that left him with a nine-inch scar. His trajectory shifted into coaching, where he became the youngest coordinator in the NFL at age 28 and rose to his current position as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. One of his collegiate opponents, Texas Tech wide receiver Wes Welker, stayed in an on-field role but rose to similar heights. Undrafted and undersized, Welker led the league in receptions three times as a New England Patriot and earned five Pro Bowl nods. Shanahan officially added Welker to his staff on Wednesday. The 37-year-old, who spent the past two seasons as an offensive assistant with the Houston Texans, will draw on his expertise to serve as the 49ers wide receivers coach. “If you can find somebody who [played the position] and you feel they’re prepared from a coaching standpoint, that’s kind of the best of both worlds,” … [Read more...] about 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan explained why hiring Wes Welker was ‘the best of both worlds’
DENVER — This isn't really about Vic Fangio.Oh, he’s the 60-year-old football lifer from Pennsylvania at the center of a Broncos news conference on Thursday. He’s the old-school new head coach here. But this isn’t really about him.Sorry, it's not.This is about the Broncos being honest with themselves. By hiring the grizzled Bears defensive coordinator on Monday as their next head coach, the Broncos voted in their candidate for the next four years — the length of Fangio's contract — with an agenda to win now. Not from now on. Now.No tanking for Tua. No bomb for Fromm. No revamp, remodel, rebuild. If anything, it's more of a rerun.It’s the wrong way to go — not with Fangio, who's going to be just fine as the 17th coach in team history — but for the Broncos. They're 17-28 over most of three seasons, and that doesn't add up to a team that's close. It's a team that's holding onto the past without acknowledging how much time has passed … [Read more...] about Paul Klee: The Broncos will win with new head coach Vic Fangio if….
By Teddy Greenstein Chicago Tribune Published 1:45 PM EST Jan 9, 2019 Urban Meyer out. Ryan Day in. You probably already knew that 2019 Big Ten storyline. But there are many more. Read on: 1. For Jim Harbaugh, it’s now or never. Michigan entered the ‘Shoe in November on a 10-game winning streak with the nation’s top-rated defense. Ohio State had just given up 51 points and 535 yards to Maryland. The narrative: If Harbaugh can’t win this time, he never will. Well, he didn’t. Final score: 62-39. The storyline gets ramped up even more next season. Michigan will have a senior quarterback in Shea Patterson. The Game is in Ann Arbor. The opposing coach is Day, a rookie. And Dwayne Haskins is taking his talents to the NFL. If Harbaugh can’t win this time, he … never will? Harbaugh’s record against rivals Ohio State, Michigan State and Notre Dame is 2-7, and his Michigan teams are 1-3 in bowls. He never has been more popular in Columbus, … [Read more...] about Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh gets best chance to beat the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2019
It's official. Todd Bowles is out as Jets coach. Gang Green announced Bowles' departure shortly after the Jets loss to the division rival Patriots in Foxborough, bringing their dismal season to a 4-12 end. "After carefully evaluating the situation, I have concluded that this is the right direction for the organization to take," Jets CEO Christopher Johnson said in a statement. The team hasn't publicly discussed a potential replacement, but Pro Football talk reported about a week ago the team would pursue Michigan coach and former 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh. At the time, the Jets issued a statement from Johnson denying it. Top Sports Photos: Oakland Raiders Win on Christmas Eve John Hefti/AP Bowles was 24-40 during his run with the Jets, a .375 winning percentage that is better than just one coach in franchise history with at least 30 games in charge: Rich Kotite (.125). And, as anyone familiar with the team knows, that's one name you'd prefer to not be … [Read more...] about Jets Fire Todd Bowles as Head Coach After 4 Seasons, No Playoff Appearances