49ers search: Seattle candidates withdraw as Shanahan becomes prime focus


That leaves Shanahan, the Atlanta Falcons' offensive coordinator who can't officially be hired until the Falcons are eliminated from the playoffs.

The ESPN report from Adam Schefter stated that San Francisco will offer Shanahan the job once Atlanta's season is over.

Shanahan, 37, is the son of longtime NFL head coach Mike Shanahan, and has coached in the league since 2004.

Before zeroing in on Shanahan, the 49ers also interviewed Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who recently withdrew himself from consideration, and Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable, who also withdrew.

Shanahan would remain a top candidate for most any head coaching job next year, while the 49ers would be in a crisis of sorts were he to decline their offer next week, as they need to replenish a full front office and coaching staff.

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Cable's agent, Doug Hendrickson, tweeted: "Just spoke with my client Tom Cable and he is reaffirming his commitment to the Seahawks".

The 49ers reportedly will interview Shanahan a second time next week, regardless of whether the Falcons advance to the Super Bowl.

It appears that the San Francisco 49ers have found their man.

The 49ers have spent the past two weeks conducting concurrent searches for a new general manager and coach.

The other eight candidates are Seattle co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer, Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough, ESPN analyst Louis Riddick, Carolina assistant GM Brandon Beane, Indianapolis vice president of football operations Jimmy Raye III, Minnesota assistant GM George Paton, Green Bay director of football operations Eliot Wolf and Packers director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst.