49ers RB Telvin Coleman says Kyle Shanahan has become more creative since time with Falcons
After spending a couple of seasons together with the Atlanta Falcons, Tevin Coleman and Kyle Shanahan have been reunited on the San Francisco 49ers. Coleman had a good deal of success under Shanahan, particularly during the 2016 season when the Falcons made it all the way to the Super Bowl.
And while Coleman has spent just a couple of months back with his old coach, he’s already seen a drastic difference with Shanahan’s offense now as compared to his time with the Falcons.
“Now, he can do anything he wants,” Coleman said per Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area. “He can put guys at multiple positions. He can put us in multiple positions to run different routes. It’s pretty good.
“(He’s) definitely more creative than he was in Atlanta, just with everything (he’s) doing with the backs and tight ends and receivers.”
Coleman, who signed a two-year, $8.5 million contract with the 49ers in March, had a career-best 800 yards rushing with the Falcons last season as he became the featured back due to Devonta Freeman’s injuries. He also added 32 catches for 276 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns.
Coleman has operated as the 49ers’ lead back during OTAs, but while he will likely get a good share of carries on the ground, he will likely split touches with the Niners’ other backs in Jerick McKinnon and Matt Breida.
All three are capable of being dual threats in the backfield, which should give Shanahan the weapons he needs to show off that creativity of his on offense.