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Kyle Shanahan not disappointed Browns didn't hire Robert Saleh

1/13/2020 4:48:01 PM
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San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh received some bad news on Sunday, as the Cleveland Browns decided to go in another direction for their next head coach.

Meanwhile, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan did not even pretend to act disappointed for his top assistant, Matt Maiocco of NBC Bayarea reports.

“I was pumped,” Shanahan said Monday.

And he certainly was not kidding, either.

“I heard it on the way into work, so I was extremely excited,” Shanahan said of the news the Browns hired former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski. “I definitely have some empathy for Saleh. Anyone who goes through that process and stuff, we’re all competitive and want to win and you want to get that opportunity.”

Shanahan said every year he is able to retain Saleh on his coaching staff will be a bonus.

“Saleh will be a head coach in this league, could’ve been one this year,” Shanahan said. “Most likely, he’ll be one next year. But he’s going to have the right opportunity come around for him. It’s just a matter of time. Just very happy we’re going to have him, going into next year.”

Shanahan stuck behind Saleh through two bad seasons. He never wavered from his belief that Saleh was the right man for the job. His confidence in the team’s defensive system and structure paid off this season, as the 49ers’ defense led the club to the NFC Championship Game on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers at Levi’s Stadium.

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