San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan coached the NFL’s best offense in 2016. We dig into the statistics, which tell us that in Shanahan’s offense, first down is the most important down.
When the San Francisco 49ers signed head coach Kyle Shanahan to a six-year contract, they believed they signed a coach who was both a leader and an offensive genius. Shanahan will continue to grow as a leader with the 49ers, but he has already established himself as one of the top young offensive minds in the game today. In 2016, Shanahan’s Atlanta Falcons offense led the league in total points scored, points-per-drive, yards-per-play and Football Outsiders’ DVOA. Shanahan has always been a successful coordinator — he’s coached top-10 offenses in six of his nine seasons — but in 2016, his offense was truly elite. What made his 2016 offense the best in the NFL?