San Francisco has had some awful head coaches since the turn of the century.
When Kyle Shanahan was hired as the new head coach in 2017, it helped give the San Francisco 49ers some credibility as a franchise.
The Niners went through three miserable seasons from 2014-2016 with three different head coaches. Jim Harbaugh’s final year was marred by injuries and drama surrounding his future. Harbaugh frequently squabbled with 49ers’ owner Jed York and then general manager Trent Baalke.
Before Harbaugh arrived, San Francisco was seen as a losing organization after failing to make the playoffs for eight seasons. Harbaugh helped changed that, leading the Niners to three consecutive NFC Championship games. Once he left, we were subjected to two awful seasons that saw the team go 6-26.
The 49ers have had some brutal coaches since the Yorks took over as owners. It’s almost like they put the worst candidates’ names into a hat and drew to see who would get arguably the most critical job in the organization.
I excluded Steve Mariucci, Jim Harbaugh because they actually won games during their tenures with the team. Shanahan is 29-35 since taking over, but his record would be better if San Francisco’s roster wasn’t ravaged by injuries last season.
Here are the choices:
Overall record: 9-32
DVOA rank by season: 2003 (18th), 2004 (32nd)
Notable qualities: Had the charisma of a cardboard box. Doesn’t like John York.
Overall record: 18-37
DVOA rank by season: 2005 (32nd), 2006 (27th), 2007 (31st). Fired in 2008 after 2-5 start.
Overall record 18-22
DVOA rank by season: Was assistant to Nolan, and took over the head coaching job when Nolan was fired during the 2008 season. 2009 (20th), 2010 (24th) *fired before final game of the regular season.
Notable qualities: Only wanted winners on the team. Wasn’t afraid to rip players on the sidelines.
Overall record: 6-11
DVOA rank by season: 2015 (32nd)
Notable qualities: (possibly) farted during a post-game press conference. Said, “ok?” after answering questions from reporters. Had a pornstar mustache. Seemed to give good hugs. Was undefeated as an NFL head coach for five years
Overall record: 2-14
DVOA by season: 2016 (28th)
Notable qualities: Helped ensure Trent Baalke wouldn’t be back as general manager. He also possibly opened Jed York’s eyes to the terrible way he was running the operation, so Kelly is aces in my book.
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