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49ers coach Kyle Shanahan praised for identifying the value other coaches provide

Kyle Shanahan, 49ers

Kyle Shanahan is entering just his third season as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, and while he has not had much success thus far, he brings a whole lot of knowledge to the table.

49ers offensive assistant Katie Sowers raved about Shanahan’s methods of leading, which helped lead her to becoming only the second full-time female coach in the history of the NFL.

“Being able to learn from Kyle Shanahan is something I’ve never taken for granted – he’s not the type to go out of his way to do something to make a point,” said Sowers on The Football Girl Podcast. “What’s really cool about that is that what I did and what I showed in Atlanta (as an intern for him) could add value to the team. When he got the head coaching job in San Francisco, and I said would you be interested in having me as an intern again, he was more than happy to have me on board – it helped my confidence, it helped knowing that I was on the right path, that I was doing what I needed to do to keep growing as a coach.”

In his first two years as 49ers head coach, Shanahan has gone just 10-22 and is coming off of a 2018 campaign in which he went just 4-12, but with Jimmy Garoppolo missing just about all of the year with a torn ACL and San Francisco in all-out rebuilding mode anyway, wins and losses aren’t all that paramount for Shanahan right now.

What matters is his effect on the team, and apparently, it has been a positive one thus far.