Five of the six head-coaching jobs that were open became finalized between Jan. 9 and Jan. 12. The 49ers felt they had the luxury of waiting until after the Super Bowl to hire a coach, and they targeted the top two assistants available. New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels removed his name from consideration and decided to stay with the Patriots for another season. The 49ers then set their sights on Shanahan, who coordinated the offense of the Atlanta Falcons that lost in thrilling fashion to McDaniels' Patriots in Super Bowl LI.
That gave Shanahan a great amount of leverage, and he's taking a six-year guaranteed contract and will get significant personnel power in shaping the roster.
Shanahan is one of the biggest winners of the NFL coaching carousel. Who joins him, and who's on the other side? Here's my list.