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Atlanta Falcons assistant Kyle Shanahan sounds ready for his next step as coach of the San Francisco 49ers

Atlanta Falcons assistant Kyle Shanahan sounds ready for his next step as coach of the San Francisco 49ers

Kyle Shanahan draws up an offense better than he plays defense.

The Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator didn’t dodge and deflect Monday night about his future as coach of the San Francisco 49ers, even though he can’t officially be hired until after the Super Bowl.

He patiently answered the questions of reporters who encircled him during the Falcons’ media session at the NFL’s “Opening Night” event. In so doing, he already sounded like a head coach.

“I just think the key to a good organization is people who are committed to winning,” said the 37-year-old Shanahan, whose father, Mike, won two Super Bowls as coach of the Denver...

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