The San Francisco 49ers and head coach Kyle Shanahan reached an agreement Monday on a six-year contract extension, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Per Schefter, the agreement adds three years to his previous contract, keeping him in the Bay Area until 2025.
The move comes after the Niners reached the Super Bowl LIV, where they lost 31-20 Kansas City Chiefs.
Shanahan entered 2019 under the microscope. The Niners had compiled a 10-22 record during its first two years, which has expanded the legendary franchise playoff drought to five years. The struggles followed a stretch from 2011 in which they have reached at least the NFC Championship Game three times in a row.
Rather than landing on the hot seat, however, the 40-year-old Minnesota native led a huge turnaround by going against the grain offensively.
In an era dominated by the high-powered passing attacks, San Francisco has focused on the multi-faceted rushing attack to complement his elite defense. The result was a 13-3 record to earn the top seed in the NFC and a trip to the Super Bowl thanks to a dominant victories over the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers.
Shanahan, the son of former NFL head coach Mike Shanahan, drew praise for his play-calling throughout the campaign.
It allowed the 49ers rank second in rushing yards per game despite not featuring a 1,000-yard rusher. Raheem Mostert has paved the way for 772 yards, but Matt Breida and Tevin Coleman also topped 500.
The success continued into the playoffs and has been on full display in their victory over the Packers in the NFC title game. The Niners ran the ball 42 times and averaged 6.8 yards per attempt, leaving the quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to throw only eight passes in a 37-20 blowout.
“I think that it is demoralizing for an opponent,” the back Kyle Juszczyk told reporters. “But for us, it is so much fun. I like to be involved and to play with teammates who enjoy the result and do not care much about the individual numbers. “
Right tackle Mike mcglinchey added, ” Our coach is a genius. “
Shanahan has received criticism after the Super Bowl for his play-calling while the Niners have been in the lead, including the readers of five and three pieces of theatre that have led to bridges with the team during the fourth quarter. It marked a disappointing end to a year of marked improvement of the offense.
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This is Kyle Shanahan’s comments this 49th Super Bowl of the season. Worth a watch, as Shanahan was as demonstrative as he ever was, insisting on the 49ers’ even-keeled approach throughout all the hot make noise coming in. Good context for his faith in the current team: https://t.co/QbBLQVLp4g
His escape the year as a head coach came at the perfect time. It has proven its track record as one of the NFL’s most promising assistants, highlighted by winning the Assistant Coach of the Year with the Atlanta Falcons in 2016, could result in, at the head of a staff.
In turn, the 49ers, who will head the next season of top-level title contender thanks to their limited number of high-impact losses in free agency, have rewarded their head coach with a new contract.