Listen: Kyle Shanahan, Mike Shanahan, Niners discussed on All Things Considered
"But the forty Niners eventually did find someone who knew is on limitations. I'm always assuming are this bad things going to happen. What do we do to prepare ourselves? And that is all right. Kyle Shanahan coach forty Niners. Shanahan is only thirty eight and had never been a head coach. But he had been a wildly successful offensive coordinator for a few teams and not unimportantly. He is the son of a wildly successful NFL head coach Mike Shanahan now. Growing up. You know, I was around football my whole life Mike Shanahan won two Super Bowls as head coach of the Denver Broncos. He was also the offense coordinator for the forty Niners back when they won their last Super Bowl, which meant that Kyle Shanahan went to high school here in the San Francisco area, in fact, when he was a kid, and this is apropos of nothing. But it's too cool to not tell you when Kyle Shanahan was a kid. He would go for pizza at the pizzeria run by another kid. Pirogue Murata the man who would eventually higher Shanahan to coach a forty Niners homework. In early two thousand seventeen as the forty Niners were deciding to give Kyle Shanahan his first head coaching job. He was pretty busy as offense coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons who were preparing to play in the Super Bowl against New England Patriots, Parague Murata and jed York, however, really wanted Shanahan's input on who they should hire as GM there. Can you meet with this GM? Can you meet with this guy? Like, no Hong getting ready for a playoff game getting ready for the Super Bowl and got very stressful for me and then out of the blue Shanahan got a text from someone a former NFL great who was now a football broadcaster. And who was a huge fan of Kyle Shanahan always thought. He was one of those guys that was one step ahead of the competition. And that is okay. My name is John Lynch for years. I thought your actual first name was hard hitting. It seemed like the never say, John Lynch. Lynch retired as an NFL player in two thousand eight and was now calling games for FOX. I had had a good career going in in the broadcast world. And they were great to me. And I loved every second of it you missed the competition. I did I did, you know, everybody. I think at certain points at the year's end. You do a little self evaluation and saying gosh, my life's really going. Well, I got a great family. Proud of my kids. I got a great marriage. Love and broadcast in. But what's lost? Exactly. And there was always a, but that was a little unfulfilling. When Lynch heard the Kyle Shanahan had been offered the forty Niners head coaching job. He called to congratulate him, and I had seen something the day before that he was struggling finding someone he wanted to work with as a general manager. And I just kind of threw out there at the end of our conversation. I said, hey, you know, maybe maybe I'd do it. John Lynch as GM was a bit of a stretch he'd never been a football coach or executive, but he had been a great player. And he was smart. He played his college football at Stanford. There was one more thing going for Lynch is just presence Parague Murata again. He has such amazing presence. You just you you're around for half an hour. And it makes you want to be a better version of yourself. And so it came to pass that in early two thousand seventeen a few weeks after firing their previous head coach and general manager the forty Niners had their new leadership duo. An up and coming young coach and an inspiring first time GM now all I had to do was get the kind of players who could win them some football games. Like this guy song Thomas up defensive end. Thomas was born in Chicago and his family moved to stray for several years. And then to Texas who a big kid so naturally in Texas. Why are you playing football? I really don't know what. And so we find the pop Warner football fan, and I practice is going out. There was tackling disregarding front of me because I know what to do. The ball. But Thomas figured out the game pretty quickly. Now Thomas was one of the key young players the forty Niners were rebuilding their defence around the offense. Meanwhile, that was Kyle Shanahan specialty the offense needed even more help. Especially at quarterback. I mean, it's the toughest to me position in the world. And there's all there's thirty two teams. And there isn't thirty two people who can play that position at the level needed. I mean, if you look at the AFC, I think over the last seventeen or nineteen years it's basically been three quarterbacks that's forty Niners President Al Guido again. So as Tom Brady Peyton Manning, Ben Rothlisberger sprinkling a few Joe flacco 's and that's it with Colin Kaepernick gone, the forty Niners best quarterback options were CJ Beathard and Brian Hoyer. Neither of whom were very good options but Shanahan, and John Lynch and the whole organization knew it'd be hard work to turn things around. And there's anything Kyle Shanahan is really really really good at it's working hard. During the season. You know Mondays I'm usually ended up about five thirty every day. I leave on a Monday. Eleven on a Tuesday at midnight on Wednesday at midnight on a Thursday at nine thirty and on Friday, leave at two thirty Fridays like my weekend where I get home at about three thirty. And that's the kind of hang out my kids, Saturday minute five thirty we usually you're traveling somewhere or we have meetings and walk through I go home for two hours and go to the hotel tonight at the team hotel on Saturdays. Yeah. Everyone does. And then on Sundays more of the stadium. Very early in the morning. You hear these stories forever? About coaches, literally sweeping in their offices work in these hours that you describe like think anybody listening this those our sound totally nuts. And my thought is always like does it really have to be that? Like, what is it late for people who don't know the game or care about it? And they hear like, wait a minute your football coach you need to be working eighteen hour. I don't what are you doing? All right. We'll just on a Monday. All right. As a as a head coach, I need to watch the game for myself, which is often society defense aside special teams, it's rewind fast forward silent copy. And so like there's three clubs before we get past one play on one side of the ball. And I got to watch with the coaches, and then when that's done I got to get the whole team together. And I gotta watch certain clubs to the team from head coach standpoint than they anyways it takes. All right takes all Monday. And now we gotta start watching Seattle who we played that. Next Sunday for."