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10 Must-read Quotes about 49ers Head Coach Kyle Shanahan

Posted Feb 7, 2017

From NFL MVP Matt Ryan to Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, check out what's been said about the 49ers new head coach.


In our continued coverage of the San Francisco 49ers new head coach, we looked for notable quotes about Kyle Shanahan from the players and coaches he’s worked with during his decade-plus in the NFL.

Here are the top-10.

1. Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan endorses Shanahan to be a head coach (2016):

“I think he’s a good leader. I think he’s got a good feel for talent evaluation and getting the guys that he wants to make it work for him. I think if he ever gets that chance, he’ll do a great job.”

2. Ryan on what he’s learned from Shanahan during their two seasons together (2017):

“I think Kyle has pushed me to become a better player. He’s pushed me to expand my game, to do some things different than I’d been doing for a few years. He’s pushed me to throw more on the run, and I think that’s helped us as an offense. He’s helped our entire offense become better players.”

3. Falcons owner Arthur Blank endorses Shanahan (2017):

“Kyle is a brilliant offensive mind and a great play-caller. Part of being good at any position of leadership in life is being a good listener and understanding where other people are coming from. That just makes you better. I think he got better this year in that regard. And I think he and Matt (Ryan) were more on the same page this year than they’ve been in the past.”

4. Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones on Atlanta’s culture offensively under Shanahan (2016):

"He is such a perfectionist. In this second year we have a complete understanding that we have the same goals in mind – that we all want to get to the Super Bowl and win it. And the way you do that, with talent, is to respect each other and listen to each other. We all talk clearly to him. Whatever we see, we can talk about it. He’s that guy."

5. Former Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak on Shanahan (2006):

“I know I’m catching him in some great years as a coach because he’s going to move up the ladder awful quick.”

6. Kyle’s father Mike Shanahan on his son’s ability as a coach (2006):

“He’s so much further ahead than I was at the same age it’s not even close. He’s been around me, and he’s been on the field. He’s run routes against NFL defensive backs since he was a junior in high school. He’s been in the locker room during the offseason program. The first time I was on a pro practice field was when I was 31 years old.”

7. Former quarterback Sage Rosenfels on why players love to play for Shanahan (2016):

“So over the years, what he understands better than anything is he understands what defenses are trying to do, and then he designs these great plays offensively to take advantage of those weaknesses in the defenses. For me, I could really see, and feel and understand what he was trying to get done.”

8. Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Taylor Gabriel on Shanahan's ability to game plan (2017):

"He's going to take advantage of what your weakness is before you even know what your weakness is. I feel like that's why he's been so successful."

9. Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins on Shanahan’s creativity (2015):

"The ability to be thinking of the next play and being a step ahead, I think there's a level of having the innate ability to do it that requires a quick mind. Kyle has that.”

10. Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer on Shanahan/Bill Belichick comparison (2017):

“For me, you just know those two, when you see them in the building, they’re constantly thinking about football. That’s the one thing I really admired about Kyle. You knew when he was there, he was putting the work in, that’s all he was focused on.

“There’s nothing fake about that, he wants everything be to perfect.”


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