Kyle Shanahan was named the 20th head coach of the San Francisco 49ers on February 6, 2017, after spending the previous two seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons.
In his first season as head coach, Shanahan led the team to a 6-10 record, which was a four game improvement from the previous year. After a difficult stretch to start the season, the 49ers won six of their final seven games, including victories in five-straight games to close out the season. With six wins on the season, San Francisco set the NFL record for the most wins by a team in NFL history that started 0-9. The 49ers closed the season as one of the hottest teams in the NFL, posting a perfect 5-0 record in December. San Francisco was the only team in the league to have a perfect record over the last month of the regular season as Shanahan became the fourth rookie NFL head coach in franchise history (Buck Shaw – 1950; Frankie Albert – 1956 & George Seifert – 1989), and the first in the NFL since Tony Sparano in 2008, to go undefeated in the month of December.