The San Francisco 49ers struggled through their first two seasons under current head coach Kyle Shanahan, but the 40-year-old rising star made good on his potential last season.
After the 49ers’ 13-3 regular season record and NFC title, the team has decided to reward their head coach with a new six-year contract, keeping him in the Bay Area through the 2025 season.
Shanahan only managed a combined 10-22 record in his first two seasons with the Niners as the team underwent a painful rebuilding process.
However, after a much-improved defense and a standout season from new quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo led them to the top of the NFC last season, it became apparent that despite the team’s obvious struggles in 2017 and 2018, Shanahan had been building the base to a winning team.
After dispatching of the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game, the Niners fell short in the Super Bowl, losing to the Kansas City Chiefs by a 31-20 final score.
While they were unable to cap their “worst to first” season with a Super Bowl win, it was a dream season in many ways for Niners fans.
Now, the franchise’s good days will look to continue on for the foreseeable future under Shanahan as the team finds some much-needed stability in the post-Jim Harbaugh era.