By Jeff Newman: Earlier this week the San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke met with former Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan presumably about the 49ers vacant head coaching job. The Niners recently parted ways with their coach Jim Harbaugh after a poor 2014 season in which the 49ers failed to make the playoffs.
There’s no word whether Shanahan impressed Baalke. However, you have to assume that the Niners weren’t entirely satisfied because they’re asking permission to speak with Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, the son of Mike, to interview him about the coaching job.
The 49ers finished with an 8-8 record in 2014, and they’ve got a lot of the pieces already intact on their team that someone like Kyle or Mike can utilize to get the Niners back on top in 2015. The 49ers just need a good draft to get a few pieces to their puzzle to help them find their way back.
Adding Kyle would be a good move because he’s worked well in the past with Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. He didn’t do such a great job with Johnny Manziel with the Browns, but he had less to work with. The Niners need a good offensive coach who can teach their struggling quarterback Colin Kaepernick how to play the position, because his flaws have really been exposed in the last two seasons.
The Niners have tried to limit the amount of quarterback scrambles that Kaepernick has been doing, and they’ve tried to turn him into a pocket passer. Thus far, it’s been a dismal failure, as Kaepernick has looked poor in the pocket, and he’s not done a good job of going through his progressions.
He doesn’t feel the pressure from the defensive players, and he’s seemingly incapable of scrambling around in the pocket to make his throws. Kaepernick is a great straight ahead runner, but he’s lousy at avoiding the rush.