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49ers officially announce Kyle Shanahan as new head coach

The San Francisco 49ers have officially announced Kyle Shanahan as the team's next head coach.

Shanahan, Atlanta's offensive coordinator through the team's Super Bowl run, will take over from Chip Kelly and have a formal press conference later in the week, according to a statement from the team.

“This is a very exciting day for the San Francisco 49ers and our fans,” 49ers CEO Jed York said in the statement. “Throughout this process, we learned many things about Kyle that convinced us he is the perfect coach to lead this team."

The Falcons under Shanahan became one of the NFL's best offenses in 2016. The team ranked first in points per game, second in total yards per game and third in passing yards.

He was the only remaining candidate for the job after Seattle defensive coordinator Tom Cable withdrew, though NFL rules prohibited him from officially joining the 49ers until Atlanta's season ended.

“The San Francisco 49ers are very fortunate to be able to bring in a coach of the caliber of Kyle Shanahan,” said 49ers General Manager John Lynch.

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