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Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is among the candidates to replace Jim Harbaugh as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers and Harbaugh mutually agreed to part ways after the team finished 8-8 this season.

By SI Wire
December 29, 2014

Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is among the candidates to replace Jim Harbaugh as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer reports.

The 49ers and Harbaugh mutually agreed to part ways after the team finished 8-8 this season. In four seasons with the 49ers, Harbaugh compiled a 49-22-1 record, reached the NFC championship game three times, and lost in the Super Bowl in 2013. The University of Michigan has agreed to hire Harbaugh as its new head coach.

Shanahan, the son of former NFL head coach Mike Shanahan, just finished his first season as the offensive coordinator in Cleveland. The Browns finished No. 23 in yards and No. 27 in points while using three different starting quarterbacks during the season.

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Shanahan was previously the offensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins from 2010 to 2013. His best season in Washington came in 2012 when the Redskins finished No. 5 in points and No. 4 in yards gained.

Prior to joining his father's coaching staff in Washington, Shanahan was the offensive coordinator for the Houston Texans in 2008 and 2009. With quarterback Matt Schaub, the Texans finished No. 1 in passing yards in 2009.

After a 7-4 start, the Browns lost their last five games of the season and missed the playoffs.

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