It’s official. Former Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is the new head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.
Shanahan was the mastermind behind the dynamic 2016 Falcons offense that got the team to an 11-5 finish, a first-round playoff bye, and the NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers. The offense was extraordinary against Green Bay, outscoring the high-powered Packers offense 44-21 to advance to Super Bowl LI.
His masterful performance at age 39 was capped Sunday when he won his fourth Super Bowl MVP Award. Brady threw for a Super Bowl record 466 yards while leading the Patriots back from a 28-3 deficit in a thrilling 34-28 overtime victory.
Brady will be the oldest quarterback in the league next fall, but has no intention of hanging up his cleats. News broke before the big game that New England executives would be working to extend the veteran’s contract for up to five more seasons. That would push the two-time NFL MVP up to his age-44 season and make third-year passer Jimmy Garoppolo — who went 2-0 with a 113.3 passer rating in Brady’s absence in 2016 — a tradeable asset.
Brady’s wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, will have to endure another season where her husband is forced to work weekends. On the bright side, at least she’ll have more opportunities to take frenzied selfies of her celebrations at Pats games.