Turnovers happen on the field and off, and part of the process pertains to coaches coming and going. The Falcons have had the good fortune of reaching the Super Bowl in the second year of Dan Quinn’s tenure. Meanwhile, success as a staff can draw attraction from other teams, and the San Francisco 49ers, desperately, kept offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan on their radar after he lead the Falcons to a record-breaking offensive season. Shanahan joined the Falcons staff in 2015 after stints in Houston, Washington and Cleveland where he was the offensive coordinator. Though Atlanta finished 8-8 in his first year, the offense bought into his gameplan in year two as the Falcons became the league’s highest scoring team. For that, Shanahan was named the NFL’s Assistant Coach of the Year for the 2016-17 season. Shanahan, who was hired by the 49ers as head coach on Feb. 8, has already made some splashes for the 49ers early in the offseason, showing that he already has a vision for what kind of team he wants to build – a vision which includes multiple colleagues he coached alongside in Atlanta. Matt Lafleur, who was the quarterbacks coach for the Falcons last season, will be the Los Angeles Rams’ offensive coordinator.
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