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Kyle Shanahan will meet with San Francisco 49ers again Saturday

By The Sports Xchange
Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. (Falcons/Twitter)
Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. (Falcons/Twitter)

Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan will take a detour from Atlanta before the team hits Houston for Super Bowl LI.

The Pro Football Writers Association assistant coach of the year, Shanahan is interviewing for a second time Saturday with the San Francisco 49ers. Shanahan is expected to be named head coach of the 49ers after the Feb. 5 Super Bowl.

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"Again, it's worked out pretty good because getting this bye week before the Super Bowl, we have two weeks to prepare for it," Shanahan said. "We all get the day off on Saturday before we travel on Sunday. So on Saturday, I'm going to do what I did a couple of Saturdays ago and interviewed for the first time. So I'll get a chance to talk with them again, and we'll see how it goes."

Shanahan is the favorite for the job and only NFL rules preventing assistant coaches of teams still active in the playoffs from being named head coach are standing between the 37-year-old and an official announcement. Shanahan will become the second-youngest coach in the NFL; only new division rival Sean McVay (31) of the Los Angeles Rams is younger.

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Shanahan is in his second season as offensive coordinator with the Falcons, who averaged an NFL-best 33.8 points per contest and are headed to the Super Bowl after dismantling the Green Bay Packers 44-21 in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday. He also served as offensive coordinator with the Washington Redskins (2010-13) and Cleveland Browns (2014).

Shanahan initially met with the 49ers earlier this month.

Shanahan is the son of longtime NFL coach Mike Shanahan, who would not take a formal role with the 49ers.

San Francisco is looking for a new head coach for the third time in as many seasons, with Chip Kelly being fired after the team's dismal 2-14 campaign.

Shanahan could also be in a position to get some control over personnel with the 49ers. San Francisco is expected to meet with Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton a second time about its general manager vacancy on Friday. Other candidates reportedly include Mark Dominik, a former GM of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and currently an analyst for ESPN.

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